Explore education topics on haematological anatomy and pathophysiology, therapeutic and treatment aspects of transfusion, and principles of transfusion component therapy.

11 July 2018 Topic will be prerecorded and made available at 1:30PM AEST 

Presenter:  Professor Iain Gosbell, National Donor and Product Safety Specialist

Emerging infectious diseases have been of major concern to humanity because of their consequences for our survival, even into the 21st century.  The webinar will outline what emerging infectious diseases are, give some examples, and explain why they continue to emerge.  A minor part of this can be attributed to climate change, but the biggest drivers are overpopulation and increased travel.  There are many other drivers as well, so we can expect there to be an ongoing problem with these conditions.  Some of these emerging infectious diseases pose a problem for the safety of the blood supply for transfusion, and how it is identified and mitigated is explained, giving three examples of emerging or re-emerging diseases: Zika virus, hepatitus E and hepatitus A.

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

14 February 2018 01:30pm - 02:30pm Australia/Sydney

This session will report the results for the TRANSFUSE-RCT,  the multi-centre, randomised, controlled trial, testing the effect of the freshest available red blood cell (RBC) unit compared to standard practice, on mortality in critically ill patients who require RBC transfusion.

Presenter:Dr Zoe McQuilten, Consultant Haematologist, Senior Research Fellow, Monash University.

Guest access

25 October 2017 01:30 - 02:00pm - Australia/Sydney

This session covers what DIC is, its causes and occurrences along with the pathophysiology and treatment.

Dr Oi-Lin Lee is a Transfusion Medicine Specialist at the Blood Service.

Guest access

12 July 2017 12:30pm - 01:30pm - Australia/Sydney

Hepatitis C is transmissible by transfusion. The Blood Service has tested all donated blood and blood product for hepatitis C virus RNA and antibodies since 1990. Another viral infectious disease, Zika virus, made international news headlines in 2016 due to its largest ever documented outbreak in several countries. Zika virus has also been shown to be transmissible by transfusion. Evidence that Zika is occasionally responsible for severe outcomes including birth defects and Guillain-Barré Syndrome is now compelling. This session provides an overview of Hepatitis C and Zika virus, their transmission, management and related concerns about safety of blood transfusion.

Presenter:Dr George Kotsiou, National Donor and Product Safety Specialist, Blood Service.

Guest access

17 May 2017 01:30pm - 02:00pm - Australia/Sydney 

This session explores the assessment of a patient's clinical status before deciding on a transfusion and discuss some of the practicalities in making this assessment.

Dr Philip Crispin is a clinical haematologist at Canberra Hospital and NSW Southern Area Hospital Network.

26 July 2017 01:30pm - 02:00pm - Australia/Sydney

This session provides an overview of exchange transfusions and how to transfuse a neonate.

Dr Ben Saxon is a Transfusion Specialist in the Transfusion Policy and Education Department at the Blood Service.

15 March 2017 01:30 - 02:00pm - Australia/Sydney 

This session explores the medical management for a patient who refuses a transfusion.

Professor Bernd Froessler is an Anaesthetist at the Lyell McEwin Hospital.

5 October 2016 01:30pm - 02:00pm - Australia/Sydney 

This session explores the role white cells play and their impact within safe blood transfusion; their effect on recipients' immune response, ability to transmit disease as well as their clinical utility in specific circumstances.

Dr Praveen Pathak is a Haematologist and Transfusion Medicine Specialist at the Blood Service.

23 November 2016 01:30pm - 02:00pm - Australia/Sydney 

HLA platelets provide a basic understanding of the causes of thrombocytopenia. This session aims to improve understanding of thrombocytopenic patients' care and transfusion needs.

Ms Clare Davidson is a Transfusion Nurse for Clinical Services and Research at the Blood Service.

26 October 2016 01:30pm - 02:00pm - Australia/Sydney 

This session explores a cold agglutinin antibody reactions case from a transfusion laboratory and a hospital perspective. 

Mr Economos Zervos is a Medical Scientist with SA Pathology.

Ms Jo Goodwin is a Transfusion Nurse Consultant at the Central Adelaide Local Health Network.

In this presentation, recorded at Transfusion Update 2016, Dr Roger Dodd explores aspects of blood safety over the past 20 years. He focuses on infections transmitted by insects, touching on West Nile virus, dengue, chikungunya, Ross River virus, Zika, Chagas disease, Babesia, and identifies continuing efforts to recognise emerging infections in order to protect the blood supply.

Self enrolment

22 June 2016 01:30pm - 02:00pm - Australia/Sydney 

This session explores the mechanism of coagulation and transfusion support (including cryoprecipitate, platelets and prothrombinex) that may be required to stop bleeding.  

Dr Kobie Von Wielligh is a Haematologist and Transfusion Medicine Specialist at the Blood Service.

18 May 2016 01:30pm - 02:30pm - Australia/Sydney

The Blood Service's Research and Development Unit conducts research and technology evaluations that have the potential to improve blood product quality and safety, operational efficiency and donor well-being to deliver leading edge, high quality blood and blood products to improve patient outcomes.

Presenters:Dr Lacey Johnson, Principal Research Fellow, Research and Development, Blood Service.

Dr Celine Loh, Research Fellow, Research and Development, Blood Service.

Guest access

11 Nov 2015 01:30pm - 03:00pm - Australia/Sydney

Dengue fever is a viral disease spread by mosquitoes. It is a problem in many tropical and subtropical regions, including Africa, Asia, South America and northern Australia, with climate change predicted to increase the spread of Dengue. It is transmissible by transfusion. This session provides an overview of Dengue, its transmission, management, and the effect on blood transfusion safety.

Presenters: Dr Helen Faddy, Senior Research Fellow, Research and Development, Blood Service. 
Professor Scott Ritchie, James Cook University.
Professor John McBride, Cairnes Hospital, James Cook University. 

Watch this presentation by Dr Sandy Minck (23 June 2014) which discusses iron deficiency anaemia, investigation, diagnosis and management.

Dr Sandy Minck is a Medical Officer at the Blood Service, based in Queensland.