Key messages

  • The University Of Melbourne offers 2 blood management focused courses:
    • Specialist Certificate in Blood Management Foundations
    • Graduate Certificate in Transfusion Practice.
  • Both are online courses offered by the University of Melbourne School Of Nursing and delivered under the auspice of the Blood Matters Program.
  • Each course is offered part time over one semester. The Specialist Certificate is offered in Semester one and is a pre-requisite for the Graduate Certificate which is delivered in Semester 2
  • The Graduate Certificate in Transfusion Practice is endorsed by the International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT) Academy.

Course descriptions

Specialist Certificate in Blood Management (25 points)

A foundation training course for health care professionals who work in areas where blood or blood products are transfused, patient blood management practices have or could be implemented, or for those staff members responsible for managing organisational compliance with National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Blood Management Standard 7 and associated activities. Delivered online, part time over 12 weeks, it is comprised of a 25 point subject (Foundations in Blood Management) and is a pathway into the Graduate Certificate in Transfusion Practice.

Graduate Certificate in Transfusion Practice (50 points)

The Graduate Certificate builds on skills and knowledge developed in the Specialist Certificate to cultivate an understanding of advanced concepts in blood management. Delivered online, part time over 13 weeks, it incorporates the Specialist Certificate plus a further two 12.5 point subjects.

This course is endorsed by:International Society of Blood Transfusion 

Semester 1

  • Foundations in Blood Management (25 credit points)

This subject provides an introduction to the concepts of patient blood management (PBM), & NSQHS Standards relating to blood. The subject supports the development of specific skills, and provides information to assist health services to meet these standards.

Upon successful completion the student will obtain a Specialist Certificate in Blood Management Foundations from the University of Melbourne.

Semester 2

  • Advanced Concepts in Blood Management (12.5 credit points)

This subject builds on the knowledge and expertise gained in the Foundations in Blood Management subject to provide advanced knowledge of relevant clinical practice guidelines and PBM strategies. 

  • Quality Practice Portfolio (12.5 points)

This is a practical subject that embeds prior learnings by facilitating the application of knowledge and skills to the clinical setting.

Upon successful completion the student will obtain a Graduate Certificate in Transfusion Practice from the University of Melbourne.

Course content

Course work is submitted weekly on a day nominated by the course coordinator.

Mode of delivery

The content for the subjects is delivered via a web-enabled online learning system. The Transfusion Specialty Practice subject is delivered through the use of a clinical practice portfolio.

Weekly requirements

Activities, questions and discussion threads will be posted each week and it is expected that students will participate actively in these. A proportion of the overall mark is given for participation and involvement in discussion.

Textbook and book of readings

There is a recommended textbook for this course. In addition, students will receive a compilation of required readings for all three of the theory subjects.

Enquiries

The University of Melbourne website provides more information including:

  • course history and structure
  • entry requirements
  • fees and scholarship offers
  • recommended resources
  • contact details for the program coordinator.

For course enquiries, or to register interest, please contact the program coordinator.

For scholarship enquiries please contact Blood Matters.

Contact details