The Blood Matters Program is a Victorian Government program run in collaboration with the Australian Red Cross Blood Service that aims to support and enhance best practice in patient blood management (PBM), and the stewardship of blood and blood products, for improved patient outcomes in Victorian health services.

First graduates of a specialist certificate

The first batch of students of the Specialist Certificate in Blood Management Foundations recently graduated from the University of Melbourne. This new pathway commenced in 2017, and introduces students to important foundation concepts of patient blood management (PBM) and the National Healthcare Standards relating to blood management.

Another batch of students completed additional studies to gain their Graduate Certificate in Transfusion Practice, including Blood Service Transfusion Nurse Allison Spence. These graduates join the ranks of over 160 health professionals who have completed the course and contributed to achieving ongoing best transfusion practice and PBM.

The course is world-renowned and endorsed by the International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT) Academy; a former international student's Graduate Certificate experience was published in the Canadian Society of Transfusion Medicine website.

 "I enjoyed every aspect of this course; the online learning experience, sharing (via online forums) with other students and learning from my fellow students (these interactions were invaluable). The content and reading materials were intellectually stimulating. Another critical factor to my enjoyment of the course is the course facilitator; her support and encouragement enhanced my learning experience." - Clare O'Reilly

Offered by the Melbourne School of Health Sciences at The University of Melbourne, in partnership with the Blood Service through the Blood Matters program, the course is the only one of its kind in the southern hemisphere. 

Please visit the University of Melbourne's website or the Blood Matters website for further information.

Blood Service Transfusion Nurse Alison Spence (middle) receives her Graduate Certificate in Transfusion Practice at The University of Melbourne with Blood Matters Program Manager, Linley Bielby (right), and Professor Mark Elgar (left), Representative of University of Melbourne Academic Board.

Blood Service Transfusion Nurse Allison Spence (middle) receives her Graduate Certificate in Transfusion Practice at The University of Melbourne with Blood Matters Program Manager, Linley Bielby (right), and Professor Mark Elgar (left), Representative of University of Melbourne Academic Board.

Photo courtesy of The University of Melbourne