Donating blood

The Blood Service collects blood from voluntary, non-remunerated donors at both fixed and mobile collection centres across Australia to ensure our blood supplies can meet the needs of patients who require blood transfusions.

Who is eligible to donate?

Upon arrival, donors are registered and asked to complete a confidential questionnaire about their general health, previous possible exposure to infectious diseases and travel. They are then interviewed by trained staff to review their medical and social history and assess their eligibility to donate. Haemoglobin, blood pressure, pulse, weight and hydration levels are also checked. This thorough donor selection process enables the Blood Service to ensure that a donation will be safe for the donor and the potential patient.

How does the Blood Service determine whether a donor should be deferred?

The Blood Service determines whether or not a donor can donate by referring to guidelines that list all the eligibility criteria for acceptance and deferral of blood donors. These guidelines include a list of diseases, infections, medications and travel restrictions that will prevent a person from donating blood or limit the use of blood products that could be made from their donation. 

 

Donation types

Several kinds of blood donation are needed to keep the blood supply strong. Whole blood donations, as well as plasma and platelet donations (from apheresis procedures) are used to make different blood products. Your blood type helps to determine which type of donation is the best use of your blood.