News & Updates

HAA2015 - Combined HSANZ, ANZSBT & ASTH Annual Scientific Meeting
Adelaide Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Australia 18-21 Oct 2015

A combined scientific meeting of the Haematology Society of Australia and New Zealand, Australian and New Zealand Society of Blood Transfusion and the Australasian Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis.
Posted 26/11/14

Graduate Certificate in Transfusion Practice
The Graduate Certificate in Transfusion Practice is highly recognised and valued in the blood sector. The course incorporates transfusion practice guidelines and patient blood management strategies to achieve best practice in transfusion. It is endorsed by the Blood Matters Program of the Department of Health & Human Services Victoria and the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. For further information and to apply visit
Posted 24/9/15

Queen's Australian Birthday Honour
Dr Anthony Keller was recently honoured in the Queen’s Australian Birthday Honours List. Tony becomes a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) and was cited for his “…significant service to medicine, particularly transfusion and blood donor services, as a specialist, and through executive roles…” - Simon Benson, President
Posted 07/07/15

bioCSL Travel Grants
bioCSL and ANZSBT are pleased to announce that five members were selected to receive travel grants from bioCSL to attend the ISBT Regional Congress in London on 27 June. On behalf of the Society I would like to congratulate: Rachal Davis, Mark Langshaw, Melinda Dean, Kylie Rushford and Gulnaaz Salaar on these awards and wish them a successful trip to the congress - Simon Benson, President.
Posted 29/6/15

Expert panel consensus position statement regarding the use of Rh(D) immunoglobulin in patients with a body mass index of greater than or equal to 30
The recent update of the Rh(D) Immunoglobulin-VF Product Information by CSL Behring has generated questions from healthcare professionals regarding the implications of this change on clinical and laboratory practice. To support the healthcare community, an expert panel was convened by the Australian Red Cross Blood Service and the National Blood Authority. A record of the meeting and updated frequently asked questions about the use of Rh(D) Immunoglobulin have been prepared and are available now:
Posted 15/06/15

Update - Transfusion Evidence Library (TEL)
The TEL is a core activity of the Systematic Review Initiative 2001 established by the UK Blood and Transplant, supported by the UK Blood Services. Access the library via the member's area.
Posted 13/04/15

World Thrombosis Day 13 October 2015
World Thrombosis Day (WTD) is one day dedicated to focussing attention on the often overlooked and misunderstood disease burden caused by thrombosis globally. Read more about WTD at
Posted 30/03/15

ANZSBT member honoured in the recent Australia Day honours list with the Order of Australia
Dr Kathryn ROBINSON of South Australia. For service to medicine in the field of haematology.
Posted 16/02/15

ANZSBT members honoured in the recent Queen's birthday honours list with the Order of Australia
Members (AM) in the general division of the Order of Australia.
Professor James Paton ISBISTER, of NSW. For significant service to medicine in the fields of haematology and transfusion medicine, and to professional organisations.
Professor Henry Miles PRINCE, of Victoria. For significant service to medicine, particularly through blood cancer research, improved patient care and fundraising leadership.
Posted 22/07/14

ANZSBT Grants and Awards
General information on criteria and condtions for the society's grants and awards can be accessed on the Awards and Grants page. View past recipients.
Posted 16/02/15

National Blood Authority Australia, Patient Blood Management Guidelines
Members can click straight through to the latest update and access published modules on the NBA website.
Posted 4/2/14

International Society of Blood Transfusion Meetings 2015
26th Regional Congress of the ISBT, Nusa Dua, Bali Indonesia, 14 Nov - 16 Nov 2015
Posted 17/02/15

Medicine in Australia: Balancing Employment and Life (MABEL)
The Centre for Research Excellence in Medical Workforce Dynamics, incorporating the Medicine in Australia: Balancing Employment and Life (MABEL) Survey, has released new MABEL research on whether paying specialists more encourages them to spend more time in the public sector and less in the private sector. A copy of the working paper of this research can be downloaded at this link:
Posted 12/12/13

APACE scheme for ANZSBT members
The APACE (Australian Professional Acknowledgement Continuing Education) scheme is a voluntary program that recognises continuing education, formal courses and a wide range of professional activities which contribute to your professional growth. ANZSBT has signed a MoU with AIMS; ANZSBT members, like members in AACB, ASM, ASTH, are now able to take part in the APACE program for only $30.  Anyone who is not a member of AIMS or one of the above societies is required to pay $200 per application.
To become involved with APACE and for more information see APACE (on the AIMS website).
Posted 14/04/2009

ISBT Science Series - full text access for ANZSBT members
ANZBST members have full text access to the 'ISBT Science Series' journal on the Blackwell-Synergy website.
Go to Online Journals (members only) and click on the ISBT Science Series link.
Posted 21/05/08

UK NHS Blood and Transplant Initiative, Transfusion Evidence Library
The Transfusion Evidence Library is an up-to-date, freely available online library of transfusion-related systematic reviews and handsearched randomised controlled trials, fully searchable by index terms, free text, title, author, date and study type.
Posted 22/03/12

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards, Standard 7 Blood and Blood Products. ACSQHC website.
Posted 25/1/12

ANZSBT Survey of Documentation of Consent for Transfusion.
The society is pleased to announce the release of the results of the PDF ANZSBT Survey of Documentation of Consent for Transfusion (1.44MB)
Posted 02/09/10

"Dose of Prophylactic Platelet Transfusions and Prevention of Hemorrhage"
Access to the above article in the New England Journal of Medicine is via
Posted 22/02/10

BCSH Guidelines for the Estimation of Fetomaternal Haemorrhage, update 15 July 2008
The British Committee for Standards in Haematology (BCSH) guidelines for the estimation of fetomaternal haemorrhage were first published in 1999. The following update document has reviewed and extended the initial guidance:
PDF file Guidelines for the Estimation of Fetomaternal Haemorrhage - July 2008 (182KB)
Posted 28/01/09

Announcing the release of paediatric patient information kits produced by ANZSBT in collaboration with ARCBS, BloodSafe and NZBS.
Kits for parents, children and teenagers are available to download on the ANZSBT publications page.
Posted 17/12/08

Quebec register to add genetic typing to blood transfusions
Quebec's blood agency has announced it is setting up a registry of blood donors that is genetically typed to ensure ease in blood transfusions. Genome Quebec, which will team up with blood agency Hema-Quebec, says the registry is the first of its kind in the world.
PDF file Press release (11KB)
Posted 06/02/08

ANZSBT Standing Committees
In March 2007, members were informed of the development of three new committees to further enhance the workings of the society beyond the previous scientific subcommittee. These committees have now been established and members have been appointed by Council for a 2-year period. See Standing Committees.
Posted 30/07/07

ARCBS Media Release
PDF file Leading haematologist questions long term outlook for blood (31KB)
Posted 26/03/2007

ASMR Members Directory
The Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) has a searchable online directory of contacts and research interests for collaboration and networking. See the ASMR Members Directory website
Posted 1/12/06

Bloodgen Project
View Blood Grouping and Genotyping Project Information at Bloodgen's website.
Posted 14/09/06


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