Group O negative red blood cell management

The NBA and the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood are working together to manage increasing issues of RhD O negative red blood cells across Australia. Only 9% of the Australian population are Group O RhD negative; however Group O RhD negative red blood cells currently represent over 17% of total red blood cell issues to Australian health providers. 

Current Projects

O Negative National Statement

The NBA has formed an O RhD negative red blood cell expert working group consisting of representatives from key organisations. The working group will develop a joint statement on group O RhD negative red blood cell use, inventory management and emergency issue practices to be issued nationally. Working group members include representatives from:

  • National Blood Transfusion Committee (Australian Red Cross Lifeblood)
  • Australian and New Zealand Society of Blood Transfusion
  • National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council
  • Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine
  • Australian College of Emergency Medicine
  • Small and large jurisdictions
  • Independent experts who have implemented a program in their hospital or jurisdiction


The NBA has created two posters available to download on general O negative red blood cell management and Emergency group O red blood cell issue. The posters are available on the NBA website at: National Standard for Blood and Blood Products Safety and Quality | National Blood Authority

Managing O Negative Inventory

Please visit Use of Group O RhD negative red cells | Australian Red Cross Lifeblood ( for information on managing your RhD O negative red blood cell orders and inventory.

Together we can ensure blood and blood products are available for those who need it most.