Australians encouraged to roll up their sleeves

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One in three people will need a blood donation in their lifetime, so Federal MPs are encouraging Australians to roll up their sleeves and get behind World Blood Donor Day.

Assistant Minister for Health, Dr David Gillespie said blood and blood products are a critical component of health care.

“Each year there are almost 500,000 blood donors in Australia who generously make over 1 million donations each year.

“If you think about the fact that, in Australia, a single blood donation when separated into its components, can help at least three different people and make up to 22 different products, including potentially life-saving immunisations, it’s simply remarkable.

“But, our national and global blood services rely solely on the generosity of donors for the supply of fresh and plasma derived blood products.

“I encourage all Australians, if they are able to, to give blood and give regularly. Currently, only one in 30 people donate, but one in three people will require blood in their lifetime. The act of donating blood, in many ways is a lifesaving gift,” Minister Gillespie said.

World Blood Donor Day coincides with National Blood Donor Week, 11-17 June 2017. The theme: ‘give blood, give now, give often’ has a focus on blood donation in emergencies.

For more information on how to donate blood visit www.donateblood.com.au

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