News and Updates

August 2, 2017

Event: Trivia Night 26th August 2017

A fun-filled trivia night organised by Double Eagle Golf Club In support of Thalassaemia and Sickle Cell Australia at: 7pm, Saturday 26th August 2017 Saints Anargiri […]
July 29, 2017

Why are only some viruses transmissible by blood and how are they actually spread?

The Conversation – 28th July 2017  By David Griffin and Thomas Schulz Since the 1980s, most of us have been aware we need to be careful […]
July 28, 2017

Blood tests and diagnosing illness: what can blood tell us about what’s happening in our body?

The Conversation – 27th July 2017 By Karen Dwyer Doctors have continually sought better ways of determining what is wrong with a patient. When you visit […]
 

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About our foundation

Our Mission

Thalassaemia and Sickle Cell Australia (TASC Australia) is a not-for-profit community organisation dedicated to:

(A) Serving as a support network for Australians affected by genetic blood disorders (also known as "genetic haemoglobinopathies") like thalassaemia and sickle cell anaemia.
(B) Seeking to raise public awareness of genetic blood disorders within Australia, and the need to encourage the public to be tested for these conditions.
(C) Encouraging healthy members of the public to donate blood to the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, as fellow Australians who are affected by genetic haemoglobinopathies, require regular blood transfusions in order to live and manage their condition.

Important note to patients

*Avoid vitamin supplements unless prescribed by a doctor
*Do not take iron supplements - EVER
*Eat only fresh food
*Do not eat processed or fast foods
*Do not drink soft drinks
*Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, yoghurt and fresh nuts.
*Avoid sweets and ice-creams

 

 

Useful information

How Can I Find Out If I Am A Carrier Of Thalassaemia Or Another Haemoglobin Condition?

Ask your GP for a blood test "for haemoglobin disorders". Family history is also very important so keep in mind immediate or extended family and if thalassaemia is known in your family history.

When Is The Best Time To Have A Test If I Am A Carrier?

You can have it at any time, but the best time is before you start a family. Ask the GP to give you a test if you are planning a family, or are at the start of pregnancy.

I Have Been Diagnosed With Thalassaemia Minor (Carrier). What Should I Worry About?

People with beta thalassaemia trait will usually experience no health problems other than a mild anemia. You may have beta/alpha thalassaemia trait and not know it.

Thalassaemia minor (carrier) is generally asymptomatic and usually does not present any significant symptoms. Please note that a disease is termed asymptomatic if a patient carries a disease or infection but experiences no symptoms.

Our concern is that they be aware that they may pass down their thalassaemia gene to their children. If their partner also has thalassaemia minor, they then have a 25% (1 in 4) chance with each pregnancy of having a child with thalassaemia major.

If people know that they have this 25% chance BEFORE they start a family, they can then discuss their family planning options with health professionals, such as Genetic Counsellors. The family planning options available to them may alter their chances of having a child affected by thalassaemia.