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. 

illustration of a red O positive blood drop
Your blood type: O+

Please donate: blood, plasma or platelets  

Why: As an O positive donor, you’re not alone. Around 40% of Australians have the same type as you. It’s the most common, but you’re anything but ordinary. Your blood can be given to other people with O positive as well as A positive, B positive or AB positive. It’s safe to say your donations are pretty popular.

illustration of a red O negative blood drop
Your blood type: O-

Please donate: blood or platelets

Why: You're a big deal around here. Only 9% of Australians have the same type as you, but it can be given to anyone — you’re a real crowd-pleaser. Your donations are always needed (but especially in emergencies) which means you’re particularly vital. 

 

illustration of a red A positive blood drop
Your blood type: A+

Please donate: blood, plasma or platelets

Why: As an A positive donor, you’re not alone. Around 31% of Australians have the same type as you. You’re part of a really important group of donors. Your blood can be given to other people with A positive as well as AB positive, so it’s safe to say your donations are pretty popular. 

illustration of a red A negative blood drop
Your blood type: A-

Please donate: blood, plasma or platelets

Why: Only around 7% of Australians have the same type as you (making you pretty special). There might not be many of you, but your blood is incredibly useful. Both your blood and your plasma are always needed. 

illustration of a red B positive blood drop
Your blood type: B+

Please donate: plasma

Why: Only around 8% of Australians have the same type as you (making you pretty special). The plasma in your blood really goes above and beyond. There might not be many of you, but your plasma can go to 60% of patients. You’re really powerful. 

 

illustration of a red B negative blood drop
Your blood type: B-

Please donate: plasma or blood

Why: You're pretty rare. Only 2% of Australians have the same type as you, making you a little bit special. Your blood may be rare, but it’s incredibly useful. Both your blood and your plasma are always needed. 

illustration of a red A B positive blood drop
Your blood type: AB+

Please donate: plasma

Why: You’re pretty rare. Only 2% of Australians have the same type as you, but your plasma can be given to anyone — you’re a real crowd-pleaser. Your plasma’s always needed which makes you particularly vital. 

illustration of a red A B negative blood drop
Your blood type: AB-

Why: plasma or blood

Please donate: You're really rare! Less than 1 in a hundred Australians have the same type as you. But your plasma can be given to anyone — you’re a real crowd-pleaser. Your plasma’s always needed which makes you particularly vital. 

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!