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Blood donor questionnaire and declaration

Blood donation within Australia

Supply of blood and blood products relies on the donation of blood. In Australia, the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood (Lifeblood) is responsible for all blood collections, under a contract with the National Blood Authority.

To reduce the risk of transmitting blood-borne diseases and viruses via the blood supply, Lifeblood has policies restricting donations from individuals who might be in high risk groups. Lifeblood uses a questionnaire to screen individuals wanting to donate blood to assess their suitability to donate. Donors are also required to make a declaration that the information they provide is given honestly and to the best of their knowledge, and they are informed that making false and misleading declarations has criminal consequences.

Legal requirements for blood donation within WA

In Western Australia, a person is prohibited from taking any blood intended for therapeutic use, or knowingly accepting for donation any such blood, unless the donor has made a declaration using a form approved by the Blood and Tissue (Transmissible Diseases) Regulations 1985 (WA) within the 12 hours preceding the donation of blood. There are penalties including fines and imprisonment for anyone providing false and misleading information within the declaration.

It is important that every donor who signs a donor declaration is aware that they are laying themselves open to criminal charges if any information provided within their declaration is untrue under S.170 of the Criminal Code 1918 (WA).

WA’s approved donor declaration

‚ÄčDonor questionnaire (PDF 122KB)

More information

Australian Red Cross Lifeblood have developed a wide range of information for blood donors available on the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood website (external site).

Alternatively, you can telephone Lifeblood on 13 14 95.

If you have any questions relating to WA regulatory framework, please contact bloodmanagement@health.wa.gov.au or telephone (08) 6373 2321.


Last reviewed: 01-05-2020
Acknowledgements

Department of Health Blood Unit | Australian Red Cross Lifeblood


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