The scientific workforce plays a vital role in the healthcare system and is now supported by the Blood Matters transfusion medicine scientist. The aim is to assist with education and resources to support scientists with best practice in the areas of blood management and ensure compliance with national guidelines and standards. 

‘STOP the waste’ festive campaign 2020-21

The 2020-21 ‘STOP the waste’ festive campaign was extremely successful. We would like to extend our gratitude for the dedication displayed over this period by all individuals involved.

The average Victorian wastage rate was at an all-time low of 1.4% in November and December 2020 and at 1.5% in February 2021. This is an outstanding result, and we applaud all your efforts in keeping wastage to a minimum.

As anticipated there was an increase in activity at many organisations throughout this period. 

As we continue into 2021, please remember to monitor changes to activity within your organisation which may impact on blood use and adjust the inventory accordingly.

Donated blood is a precious gift, and we all need to do our part to protect and manage this valuable resource. Let’s continue to ensure we keep blood wastage to a minimum.

Your continued support of the ‘STOP’ the waste’ campaign is appreciated.

More information available in the blood component wastage webpage.


The Blood Matters Program would like to acknowledge everyone who has contributed to the success of the project so far:

  • Health and pathology services throughout Victoria
  • Department of Health and Human Services Victoria
  • Australian Red Cross Lifeblood
  • South Australian BloodMove Project
  • BloodSafe
  • The National Blood Authority

Some of these strategies are guided by the South Australian BloodMove project and the National Blood Authority Managing blood and blood product inventory.