Donors keep the lifeblood flowing
Australian donors are special people. They volunteer to help thousands of patients lead fuller, healthier lives. This year over half a million Australians gave blood and helped us keep the nation’s blood supply flowing. Over 100,000 of these were new donors, who joined the generous community making a difference to Australian lives. Altogether our donors made an impressive 1,427,659 individual blood donations.
We launched a new Donate Blood app which allows donors to connect with us anywhere and anytime on their mobile device. We also trialled an electronic donor questionnaire so donors can ditch the paper and move more quickly to their real goal: helping those in need.
Plasma the life-giver
We’re transforming how we collect and process plasma to meet Australia’s growing demand for the plasma-derived product immunoglobulin. Our two plasma donor centres, located in Townsville in Qld and Civic in the ACT, continued to encourage more plasma donors, improve their frequency of donation and help reduce the cost of plasma.
We built on the learnings from these centres to open our first mixed donor centre in Frankston, Vic, blending plasma donor centre technologies with whole blood collection processes. The new donor centre delivered a simplified process, advanced technology and an improved experience for our donors. This year we delivered a total of 736,361 tonnes of plasma to CSL Behring for fractionation for use in plasma products.
More than blood
Over 400 premature babies received the best possible nutrition, thanks to pasteurised donor breast milk provided by our Milk Bank in its first year of operation in South Australia and New South Wales.
We also launched a new national organ matching system that is set to bring enormous benefits to Australians needing transplants, as well as the healthcare practitioners who support them. Developed in partnership with the Organ and Tissue Authority, this new software system ensures transplant patients are allocated optimally matched donor organs as speedily and efficiently as possible. OrganMatch uses the latest test methods available, performs post-transplant monitoring and provides access for clinicians and transplant coordinators. In its first 77 days of operation more than 300 organs were matched for patients needing transplants.