The program aims to support best practice in all areas related to blood management safety and governance.
The content of these pages is intended for use by health care staff; clinical, quality, and scientific.
The festive season is fast approaching. Once again it is time for us to consider how we can keep blood wastage to a minimum over this period.
Donated blood is a precious gift, and we all need to do our part to protect and manage this valuable resource.
Let’s celebrate the donor’s precious gift this festive season.
Australian Red Cross Lifeblood is launching a series of Transfusion Laboratory essential microlearning and Transfusion practitioner microcredentials at this year’s Blood 2023 Conference in Melbourne on 5-8 November 2023.
More details will be provided following the launch of the courses.
There is a potential for issuing and administration errors due to the new look-alike, sound-alike IVIg and SCIg products. Download the safety alert for more information or to distribute to relevant areas.
The Blood Matters Program strategic plan 2023-2024 is now available to view and download.
The manufacturing process for five of Australia’s domestic plasma products will change.
The first product change is Intragam® 10, it will soon be discontinued and Privigen® AU will be available in its place.
The products will continue to be manufactured in Australia from Australia’s plasma, but will be manufactured using CSL Behring’s global manufacturing processes.
About the Blood Matters Program
The Blood Matters Program promotes the principles of Patient Blood Management, quality improvement and sector engagement, supporting blood management/transfusion nurses, safety officers and trainer ro
Blood Matters consumer information
Consumer resources about patient blood management, transfusion, immunoglobulin therapy, and consumer medicine information leaflets.
Immunoglobulin (Ig) replacement therapy
Information about IVIg governance and supply, the SCIg access program and criteria for use.
Transfusion science and blood stewardship
Education and resources to support transfusion scientists, including national guidelines and standards.
National Standards and patient blood management
Information about the National Standards and patient blood management.
Blood transfusion audit and data collection
Blood transfusion audits and data collection tools can assist Victorian health services to identify gaps in practice, update and improve policies and procedures to ensure best practice and meet the requirements of the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards.
Serious Transfusion Incident Reporting system (STIR)
The Serious Transfusion Incident Reporting system is a central reporting system and information source for serious adverse events with transfusion of fresh blood or blood components.
Resources and government policy on blood and blood products
Reports, journal articles and government policy for Victorian health services to help their practice in blood and blood product management.
Reviewed 22 November 2023