Call for blood donors

Maureen Fowler is in the top 10 blood donors.
Maureen Fowler is in the top 10 blood donors.

Blood Service data from the Whitfords donor centre showed nine of its top 10 donors were men and only one was a woman, Maureen Fowler (72) of Marmion.

Blood Service spokeswoman Jessica Willet said the result was due to men giving blood more frequently.

‘In Australia, more women give blood than men, but male donors give blood more often,’ she said.

‘Men are physically well-suited to plasma donation, and those donations can be made every fortnight as opposed to a standard whole blood donation given every three months.

‘While many women still give plasma, having babies can affect a woman’s ability to donate frequently, as a new mum has to stop donating while they’re pregnant and also while breast feeding.’

The Blood Service wants local women to give more often. Call 13 14 95 to make an appointment or visit www.donateblood.com.au.