Transfusions still on the rise
About 430,000 Australians received some form of blood or blood product during 2005-06.
About 70 per cent received red cell transfusions.
An average recipient of a red cell transfusion receives between 2.2 to 3.7 units of blood, which equates to between 2-4 donations.
The demand for blood is increasing at a rate of 8-10 per cent per year.
Total demand for blood and blood products is projected to increase by 123 per cent over the next decade.
By 2016, Australia is likely to need about 2 million donations each year.