The Blood Matters program is underpinned by the Department’s values, vision, and priorities. Read more about the priorities on the Our priorities page.
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.
An information page for patients explaining the change from Intragam 10 to Privigen Au. Visit the Blood matters consumer information page.
The 2023 Blood Matters audit is the appropriate use of fresh frozen plasma (FFP)
The audit assess the appropriate use of FFP in accordance with the following:
- National Blood Authority patient blood management
- Australian Red Cross Lifeblood (Lifeblood) - Use of fresh frozen plasma
The audit instructions and a data collection tool can be found on the Blood Matters audits page.
The STIR Bulletin on blood product checking is now available on the Serious Transfusion Incident Reporting system page.
To align Victoria with the National Statement for the Emergency Use of Group O Red Blood Cells , Blood Matters have worked with Safer Care Victoria for endorsement, education, and promotion of the appropriate utilisation of emergency use group O RBC. Further information, including resources and support tools for download are available on the Emergency use of group O red blood cells page.
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 intravenous immunoglobulin presentation and guidance documents have been updated to reflect this change and can be found on the IVIg changes to supply and governance page.
The products will continue to be manufactured in Australia from Australia’s plasma, but will be manufactured using CSL Behring’s global manufacturing processes.
As per the current products, the transitioned products will comply with the safety and efficacy requirements set by the Therapeutic Goods Administration. For more information visit the National Blood website.
The Blood transfusion consent audit report is now available to download from the Blood Matters - audit reports page.
The blood transfusion consent audit was conducted in 2 parts in 2022:
- Part A was a consent policy review
- Part B was retrospective medical record audit of up to 30 patients who had received a blood component transfusion.
About the Blood Matters Program
The Blood Matters Program began in April 2002 and involved the collaboration of three organisations and subsequently expanded to 12.
Blood Matters consumer information
Victoria's Blood Matters Program has developed consumer information resources with input from patients.
Immunoglobulin (Ig) replacement therapy
Information about IVIg Governance and supply, the SCIg access program and Criteria for use.
Transfusion science and blood stewardship
Workforce professional development and blood wastage reduction.
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 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 are available for Victorian health services to help their practice in blood and blood product management.
The Specialist Certificate in Blood Management Foundations and the Graduate Certificate in Transfusion Practice
The University of Melbourne has advised that they do not intend to offer these certificates in 2020. Blood Matters are currently exploring other options for these courses.
Blood Matters program contacts
Contact details for Blood Matters staff, and for Victorian and interstate transfusion nurses, trainers, safety officers and quality officers
Reviewed 16 May 2023