The other parts of the blood group alphabet: meeting the diverse requirements of our changing population

Chris J Hogan and Alison Street
Med J Aust 2022; 216 (6): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.51445
Published online: 4 April 2022

Blood donation programs must change in response to population ageing and becoming more ethnically diverse

Lifeblood, a branch of the Australian Red Cross, has supplied clinically critical blood products for more than 90 years and continues to maintain the highest standards of quality and safety. In this issue of the MJA, Lifeblood researchers Hirani, Weinert and Irving report their findings on the prevalence of ABO RhD blood groups in the community, including the increasing proportion of RhD‐positive first‐time blood donors, reflecting the changing ethnic make‐up of the Australian population.1

  • Chris J Hogan1
  • Alison Street2

  • 1 Austin Health, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2 Alfred Health, Melbourne, VIC



We especially acknowledge Joanne Pink (Chief Medical Officer, Australian Red Cross Lifeblood) for her advice for this editorial.

Competing interests:

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