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.

Celebrating excellence - Victoria’s Blood Service Transfusion Nurses announced National Winners for ‘Collaboration’ in the 2018 employee excellence awards

The Victorian Australian Red Cross Blood Service (Blood Service) Transfusion Nurse team have been long time collaborators with the Blood Matters team, and they have now been recognised as National Winners in the Blood Service 2018 employee excellence awards, for going ‘above and beyond’. Alison, Tamla and Scott embody the values of the Blood Service; they took on the management of compatible platelets to cover a resourcing gap in an interstate team with minimal handover and no fuss. They willingly worked with the interstate team and quickly developed a rapport with the external clinical teams and laboratories. The team partnered with the Blood Service National Contact Centre, and Customer Service teams, where together they improved workflow and communication to achieve a successful transition; ensuring recipients received the required products and all stakeholders were engaged and informed.

Blood Service Transfusion Nurses Alison Spence, Tamla Tait and Scott McArdle receive the Excellence Award for Collaboration from Blood Service Board member Associate Professor Larry McNicoll, (left) and Blood Service Chief Executive Shelly Park (right). 

Blood Service Transfusion Nurses Alison Spence, Tamla Tait and Scott McArdle receive the Excellence Award for Collaboration from Blood Service Board member Associate Professor Larry McNicoll, (left) and Blood Service Chief Executive Shelly Park (right).

Photo courtesy of Scott McArdle