Explore education topics that support safe and appropriate clinical practice and hospital transfusion quality improvement programs.

16 October 2019

When mistakes happen in healthcare there can be terrible consequences. This session will discuss the investigation of errors in a no blame manner and ways to support staff when things go wrong.

Presenter:Dr Nolan McDonnell, Clinical Associate Professor, King Edward Memorial Hospital.

Prerecorded session 

This session will present the role a Milk Bank plays and the processes taken to establish the service.

Presenter:Richard Brown, Integration Manager Business Growth and Innovation, Australian Red Cross Blood Service.
Guest access

13 February 2019 01:30pm - 02:30pm Australia/Sydney

This session will discuss the considerations to be made when transfusing neonates, particularly for those needing intensive care management.

Presenter:Dr Bryony Ross, Staff Specialist Haematologist Pathology North, John Hunter Children's Hospital, Calvary Mater Newcastle.

Guest access

17 October 2018 01:30 - 02:30pm - Australia/Sydney

Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) are indicated for the prevention of systemic embolism in selected patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation and for the prevention and /or treatment of venous thromboembolism.   Guidance on when and how to reverse DOACs is discussed.

Presenter:Dr Simon McRae, Chairman, Australian Haemophilia Centre Directors Organisation, Consultant Haematologist SA Pathology, Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Guest access

12 September 2018 01:30 - 02:30pm - Australia/Sydney

SHOT is the United Kingdom's independent, professionally-led haemovigilance scheme.  Since 1996 SHOT has been collecting and analysing anonymised information on adverse events and reactions in blood transfusion from all healthcare organisations that are involved in the transfusion of blood and blood components in the United Kingdom.  Where risks and problems are identified, SHOT produces recommendations to improve patient safety.

Presenter:Dr Paula Bolton-Maggs, Medical Director, Serious Hazards of Transfusion Scheme NHSBT, UK

Guest access
14 March 2018 01:00pm - 02:00 pm Australia/Sydney

This session will explore both the early treatments for haemophilia and new technologies being implemented and considered to advance treatment.

Presenter:Dr Kobie Von Wielligh, Haemostasis Fellow, Central Adelaide Local Health Network

Guest access

Transfusion Update Conference 2017: Day 1 Clinical - Thursday 27 April 2017

Presenter: Dr Lacey Johnson, Principal Research Fellow, Australian Red Cross Blood Service

Guest access

10 May 2017 01:30pm - 02:30pm - Australia/Sydney

How I get the best out of a platelet transfusion.

Presenter:Dr Richard Kaufman, Associate Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School and Medical Director of Adult Transfusion Medicine Service, Brigham and Women's Hospital, United States of America.

Guest access

Since 1967, the lives of countless babies have been saved by the pioneering Rh Program - and to date, over three million doses of anti-D have been given to Rh negative women. 

The program provides plasma collected from blood donors with anti-D for production of anti-D immunoglobulin for treatment of RhD negative women with babies at risk of haemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn (HDFN).

The following two presentations commemorate 50 years of the Anti-D Program and look at the prevention of Rh HDFN.

Presenters:Jessie Wallis, RhD Program Coordinator, South Australia, Australian Red Cross Blood Service.
Dr Amanda Thomson, Haematologist/Transfusion Medicine Specialist, Australian Red Cross Blood Service.

Guest access

12 May 2020 11.00am - 11.30am Australia/Sydney

The Blood Book: Australian Blood Administration Handbook has been developed to assist Australian health professionals - particularly nurses - in safe bedside transfusion practice.

It replaces the popular Flippin' Blood which was a collaboration between the Blood Service, BloodSafe and SA Health.

This session will include:

  • an overview of safe transfusion practice,
  • how it can assist throughout the transfusion process, 
  • an outline of the format and content of the Blood Book including checklists for both blood component and product administration, and
  • how to access print and online versions of the Blood Book.

This webinar will be presented by expert and award-winner Ms Linley Bielby, Manager of the Blood Matters Program.

Self enrolment

November 2020 

What actually happens in neonatal units when the decision to transfuse blood products is made? How are these decisions made - do clinicians really follow the guidelines? How many newborn babies receive blood products? Has use changed over time? And what about transfusion-associated necrotising enterocolitis (NEC) - is this a true entity? 

Presenter:Dr Amy Keir, Consultant Neonatologist, Women's and Children's Hospital.

12 August 2020 01:30pm - 02:30pm Australia/Sydney

Transfusion Practitioner (TP) is a term originating in the UK, however in Australia these positions are usually known as transfusion nurse, transfusion safety/quality officer, PBM nurse/coordinator or blood management nurse. The session will cover the diverse activities of the role and how these lead to improved practice and ultimately improved patient safety.

Presenter:Ms Linley Bielby,  Manager Blood Matters Program, Australian Red Cross Lifeblood.

This presentation will highlight the vital work that our Lifeblood nurses are involved with to support Australian lives - their skills and expertise are integral to help maintain a safe and sufficient blood supply and milk bank.  


Maureen Bower, Director Donor Care, Australian Red Cross Lifeblood

Self enrolment