Should I donate blood or plasma?

Your blood type (also known as a blood group) helps determine what kind of blood donation might be best for you to give.  There are three kinds of donation: blood, plasma and platelets. If you're male and have donated plasma in the past 12 months, we'll speak to you about donating platelets. 

If you don’t know your blood type, book a plasma donation. After your first donation, we can tell you your blood type and talk about the best donation for you to give next time. 

Blood, plasma or platelets

If you're O+, feel free to donate whatever suits you. Whether it's a quick trip to donate blood at lunchtime, or a plasma donation this weekend, we'd love to see you.

Blood or platelets

Your O- blood can be given to anyone, meaning that you're always in demand: especially during public holidays, when we need you most.

Blood, plasma or platelets

If you're A+, you’re a high performer of the best kind – the kind who saves lives. We'd love to see you soon, whether you plan to donate blood, plasma or platelets.

Blood, plasma or platelets

By giving blood or plasma, your A- blood can help almost anyone. Choose the donation type that suits you, and we'll see you soon – with snacks!

Plasma

If you're B+, we'd love you to donate plasma, as it can be given to 60% of people. There may not be many of you, but you make a big impact – and can save many lives.

Plasma or blood

There aren’t many B- donors out there. You’re a rare find, and a real gem. If you're looking to donate, we'd love you to donate plasma or blood.

Plasma

AB+ donors are real crowd-pleasers. We'd love you to donate plasma as it can be given to anyone, meaning you can save even more lives at your next visit.

Plasma or blood

The rarest of them, AB- donors are powerful. Your plasma can be given to anyone, putting you in a position to save more lives with just one donation.

Australia needs a steady supply of donations, but the specific amounts of each kind change daily. Sometimes that may affect what we need you to donate too.   

Even if you can’t make a certain kind of donation for health or other reasons, keep donating what you can. You're still changing lives! 

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