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National Blood Drive

AMSA Blood Challenge

Introduction to Vampire Cup AMSA's annual blood drive, Vampire Cup, is just around the corner and brings with it exciting changes aiming to spice up the competition and make it the most successful competition to-date. Currently in Australia, only 1 in 30 people give blood but 1 in 3 people will need blood in their lifetime. A single blood donation, when separated into its components can help at least 3 different patients and contribute to making up to 22 different products (e.g. immunisations). Every week, Australia needs >27,000 blood donations and yet there are only ~504,000 donors, each of these voluntary and unpaid.

In 2015, the Red Cross Blood Service rebranded and relaunched Club Red as Red25 with the aim of uniting organisations on a mission to achieve 25% of Australia's blood donations. Currently, organisation blood drives (such as AMSA's Vampire Cup) contribute a total of 17% of Australia's blood supply. This year we're making some changes to Vampire Cup in order to help the Red Cross meet this ambitious goal. The Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry (ABMDR) manages and recruits donors who are willing to donate their bone marrow or blood stem cells to patients affected by blood or immune system diseases such as leukaemia, myeloma and lymphoma. 70% of these patients do not find a match within their family and rely on a search of the bone marrow registry. Furthermore, of the 297 marrow transplants in FY2013-14, only 34% were from Australian donors, with the rest being imported - largely from Germany's extensive and well-established registry. A major aim of ABMDR is to increase registrations to reduce need for import of marrow to Australia. Given that the ideal bone marrow donor is young and ethnically diverse (the latter being the best known predictor of HLA diversity), university students are the ideal target of bone marrow donor registration campaigns. Vampire Cup 2015 will be the pilot program for the potential establishment of a national student-based organisation encouraging bone marrow donor registration. A vital part of this campaign will be education around bone marrow donation, for example, emphasising the fact that while medical specialists advise the best transplant method for the recipient and donor, donors make the final decision in selecting either bone marrow from the pelvis or peripheral blood stem cell donation. What's new? The changes for Vampire Cup 2015 include:

  • Expanding the donation period from 6 to 12 weeks
  • Introducing bonus points for joining the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry (ABMDR)
  • Bringing in fresh blood by including external organisations including
    • Student Paramedics Australasia (SPA)
    • Australian Student And Novice Nursing Association (ASANNA)
  • Each donation enters the draw to win prizes throughout the donation period

United logos Goal for 2015 While it's difficult to estimate the number of donations this year's Vampire Cup can generate in a 12 week period, this year we are aiming to achieve a 20-30% rise in donations. This means we're aiming for 1,800-1,950 donations. With a membership of ~17,000, we'd need 10% of students to donate in order to achieve this goal. You can track your school’s donation tally on the Red25 website. Key dates for 2015

13 July                 Vampire Cup begins

3 October             Vampire Cup ends

Early October       Results and prizes announced

Getting involved

  • Donate during the Vampire Cup donation period 13 July - 3 October 2015
    • Whole blood - every 12 weeks
    • Platelets - every 2-4 weeks
    • Plasma - every 2 weeks
  • Join the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry (ABMDR)
  • Talk about it! Donating blood is not just a med school thing… talk to your family and friends and encourage them to donate blood or join the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry (ABMDR)
  • Continue to donate throughout the year

Am I eligible to donate?

Find out more
℘ Blood donation Most people can give blood if they:
  • are fit, healthy and not suffering from a cold, flu or other illness at the time of donation or in the previous 7 days
  • are aged between 16-70 years
  • weigh more than 45kg
Common reasons for donation deferral or ineligibility:
  • 6 months after most recent tattoo
  • 9 months after childbirth
  • 12 months after 'high-risk' sex
  • Low iron (+/- low Hb) ineligible until investigation/resolved
  • Varies for recent travel depending on locations and exposures
  • Lived in UK for 6 months between 1980-1996
  • While intoxicated
For more information on donating blood, go to www.donateblood.com.au ℘ Bone marrow registry To join the ABMDR, individuals:
  • reside in Australia
  • are aged between 18-45 years
  • be in good health,
  • are prepared to donate for anyone in the world
Temporary ineligibility
  • 9 months after childbirth or breast-feeding
  • 12 months after 'high-risk' sex
Exclusion
  • Prion disease
  • Organ or tissue transplant or other human derived product
  • Non-prescription IV drug use
  • Cancer (excluding skin and pre-malignant changes)
For more information on the bone marrow registry, go to www.abmdr.org.au

  How to donate

Find out how
  1. Check eligibility, find a donation centre and make an appointment by calling 13 14 95 or visit donateblood.com.au
  2. Before your appointment:
    1. The day before you donate, drink plenty of fluids, especially in warm or hot weather. Eating salty foods and snacks in the 12 hours before you donate will help you maintain your blood volume.
    2. Make sure you eat in the 3 hours before you donate. Savoury and salty foods are best as they help to restore your blood volume rapidly.
    3. Have at least 3 glasses of water or juice in the 3 hours before donating.
    4. Call 13 14 95 to check if your medication or medical issues could affect your donation (e.g. if you’ve got a cold or flu, had an upset stomach in the past week, or you’ve been to the dentist recently).
  3. On the day at the donation centre:
    1. Bring photo ID
    2. To join the bone marrow registry: ask the nurse at reception for the ABMDR enrolment form and complete this document before donating blood (as an additional 30-40ml of blood is taking for tissue typing)
    3. To register your donation with your med school's Red25 group: if you haven't donated blood before, complete the Red25 form with the name of your MedSoc but if you are a regular donor, you can join online
If you're a bit nervous about donating, you can watch videos of the donation process here.

Blood types and donation types

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Where can donate blood as part of Vampire Cup?  Students (as well as family/friends, etc.) can donate at any blood donation centre or blood bus Australia-wide and just need to ensure they are registered with their medical school so the donations count towards the tally. Do I have to have separate blood tests to join the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry (ABMDR)? Can I join the ABMDR without donating blood? Unfortunately, at this time it is not possible to join the registry without donating blood. If you wish to join, please read the info for donors (see Resources below) and complete the forms before or during the pre-interview on your blood donation day so that an extra 20-30ml of blood can be collected for tissue typing. What's the deal with proxies in Vampire Cup 2015? The one-to-one proxy rule (i.e. one proxy per ineligible student) has been replaced this year. Instead, Vampire Cup 2015 is trialling new eligibility criteria which makes the blood challenge open to anyone  - friends, family, neighbours, drinking buddies, frenemies, interlopers, and acquaintances can now donate on your school's behalf. There is no cap on the number of non-med student donors that each student can recruit. This change aims to (a) generate more blood (which is, after all, the aim of the game), (b) even the playing field between unis, (c) still reflect the efforts of med students who have gone to the trouble of recruiting new donors. Like med students, family/friends, etc. can donate at any blood donation centre or blood bus Australia-wide and just need to ensure they are registered with their medical school so the donations count towards the tally. I'm sick and/or have conventionitis, can I donate? If you have a cold, for your safety and for the safety of the recipient of your blood, you should not donate until you are fully recovered and feeling fit and well. If you are taking antibiotics for a current infection, the infection must have resolved at least one week ago and the antibiotics completed five days before donating. If you are taking preventative antibiotics (minocycline, doxycycline or erythromycin) for mild acne then you are able to donate. Preventative antibiotics used where there is not current infection are acceptable in some cases. What if I can’t give blood at all – how else can I help? Encourage your family and friends to give blood - their donation can count towards your school's tally in Vampire Cup if they register their donation number online with your school's Red25. How many times can I donate in Vampire Cup 2015? You can donate as many times as you are eligible to during the challenge period (13 July - 3 October 2015). This depends on your donation type:

  • Whole blood - every 12 weeks
  • Platelets - every 2-4 weeks
  • Plasma - every 2 weeks

Previous winners Donations by medical school (% students who donate)

Medical school20142013201220112010
Adelaide Medical Students' Society (AMSS)4.44%2.78%5.57%5.45%6.0%
Australian National University Medical Students' Society (ANUMSS)18.83%18.16%10.74%8.42%12.9%
Deakin Medical Students' Society (MEDUSA)38.88%23.45%22.89%25.05%17.1%
Flinders Medical Students' Society (FMSS)5.00%5.96%8.20%5.45%1.9%
Griffith University Medicine Society (GUMS)4.43%5.90%11.83%12.69%18.8%
James Cook University Medical Students Association (JCUMSA)3.30%4.20%3.57%4.23%12.9%
Medical Association of Notre Dame University Sydney (MANDUS)10.75%8.00%8.71%12.13%2.4%
Medical Students Association of Notre Dame (MSAND)13.20%8.50%5.39%9.00%4.5%
Medical Students' Society of Bond University (MSSBU)2.27%1.00%3.44%1.15%1.5%
Monash University Medical Undergraduates' Society (MUMUS)7.30%7.03%5.51%3.53%3.9%
Sydney University Medical Society (SUMS)3.58%7.42%5.42%1.63%1.4%
Tasmanian University Medical Students' Society (TUMSS)2.91%4.79%5.98%10.73%5.4%
University of Melbourne Medical Students' Society (UMMSS)16.43%7.06%1.59%3.11%<1%
University of New England Medical Students Association (UNEMSA)10.00%10.29%13.85%7.69%17.3%
University of New South Wales Medical Society (UNSWMS)4.57%7.36%1.75%1.25%2.5%
University of Newcastle Medical Society (UNMS)14.08%3.71%1.75%2.30%3%
University of Queensland Medical Society (UQMS)14.38%6.12%2.59%1.07%1.1%
University of Western Sydney Medical Society (UWSMS)8.06%9.03%7.22%17.40%19.2%
Western Australian Medical Students' Society (WAMSS)10.32%2.36%1.98%3.74%9.5%
Wollongong Medical Students Society (WUMSS)5.50%5.75%3.44%3.00%2.5%
Total donations14641089872920864

Past winners

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2014Deakin Medical Students' Society (MEDUSA)Australian National University Medical Students' Society (ANUMSS)University of Melbourne Medical Students' Society (UMMSS)
2013Deakin Medical Students' Society (MEDUSA)Australian National University Medical Students' Society (ANUMSS)University of New England Medical Students Association (UNEMSA)
2012Deakin Medical Students' Society (MEDUSA)University of New England Medical Students Association (UNEMSA)Griffith University Medicine Society (GUMS)
2011Deakin Medical Students' Society (MEDUSA)Western Australian Medical Students' Society (WAMSS)Griffith University Medicine Society (GUMS)
2010Western Australian Medical Students' Society (WAMSS)Griffith University Medicine Society (GUMS)University of New England Medical Students Association (UNEMSA)
2009James Cook University Medical Students Association (JCUMSA)  
2008Australian National University Medical Students' Society (ANUMSS)  

More information and resources

Australian Red Cross Blood Service – www.donateblood.com.au

Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry (ABMDR) – www.abmdr.org.au 

Partners

Student Paramedics Australasia (SPA) – http://www.studentparamedic.org.au

Australian Student and Novice Nurses Association – http://www.asanna.com.au/ 

Guides

Vampire Cup Rules

How To Donate

What you need to know about Blood Donation

What you need to know about joining the ABMDR