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Standing Committees

There are currently three Standing Committees that deliver the objectives of the ANZSBT Strategic Plan and assist in priority setting of key issues. The Standing Committees' Terms of Reference outline the membership, process and function and are reviewed every 2 years.

Standing Committees' Terms of Reference Amended July 2014 (121 KB)

Standing Committee Membership October 2017 - October 2019

Clinical Practice Improvement Committee

Dr Philip Crispin (Chair)           Canberra Hospital, Haematology, ACT 
Ms Deborah Pinchon Transfusion, King Edward Memorial Hospital, WA
Ms Sandra Russell   Pathology QLD, Cairns Hospital, QLD 
Ms Christine Webb  Aspire Quality Assurance and Training, Consultancy Patient Blood Management, Ageing and Disability, NSW 
Dr Anastazia Keegan  Australian Red Cross Blood Service, Melbourne, VIC  
Ms Christine Akers   Alfred Hospital, Pathology Department, VIC 
Ms Kristen Brown  Murrumbidgee Local Health District, Blood Management, Wagga District Office, NSW 
Ms Suzi Rishworth  New Zealand Blood Service Dunedin, NZBS Blood Bank, New Zealand 


The Clinical Practice Improvement Committee will provide a forum to:

  • Promote the sharing of experience in clinical transfusion practice across all jurisdictions including public and private sectors
  • Coordinate initiatives to ensure the safety, quality and cost effectiveness of transfusion practice
  • Develop and/or disseminate audit, benchmarking and practice improvement tools
  • Promote, where appropriate, the standardisation and simplification of practice
  • Develop clinical practice guidelines
  • Provide an Australian and New Zealand perspective on transfusion medicine to Council, to inform and influence political decision-making
  • Implement strategies to close the haemovigilance loop


Education Committee

Dr Sandra Minck (Chair)            Transfusion Policy and Education, Australian Red Cross Blood Service, QLD
Mr Gerald Bates Pathology Dept, Launceston General Hospital, TAS
Ms Jo Cameron Immunoglobulin Governance, National Blood Authority, ACT
Mr Neil Waters Public Health and Preventative Medicine, Monash University, VIC
Dr Anastazia Keegan Australian Red Cross Blood Service, Melbourne, VIC
Ms Rebecca McLean Transfusion Medicine Safety, Fiona Stanley Hospital, WA
Ms Melissa May National Office Technical Services - Training and Development, New Zealand Blood Service, New Zealand

The Education Committee will:

  • Identify and engage stakeholders by actively contacting colleges and societies and other relevant groups to identify their educational requirements
  • Assess current gaps and opportunities for the ANZSBT to further develop transfusion medicine knowledge and practice
  • Disseminate information to meet the needs of stakeholders, using a variety of media
  • Further develop the ANZSBT website as a central transfusion medicine resource


Transfusion Science Committee

Mr Simon Benson (Chair)  Australian Red Cross Blood Service, Sydney Processing Centre, NSW
Ms Helen Haysom Pathology, St Vincent's Hospital, VIC
Ms Elizabeth Lennox Australian Red Cross Blood Service, QLD
Ms Annette Le Viellez Department of Haematology, Royal Perth Hospital, WA
Mr Michael Sagan Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, VIC
Ms Nicole Zacher Haematology, Capital Pathology, ACT
Mr Greg Irwin Haematology Department, Pathology North, NSW 
Ms Helen Stathopuolos SA Pathology, Transfusion Medicine Unit, SA
Mr Tony Greenfield Liverpool Hospital, NSWHPSouth Liverpool Blood Bank, NSW


The Transfusion Science Committee will:

  • Develop and maintain scientific and technical guidelines relating to transfusion practice
  • Develop ‘position statement’ documents in the areas of transfusion science on behalf of the Society
  • Provide an Australian and New Zealand perspective on scientific aspects of transfusion to Council, to inform and influence political decision-making
  • Oversee research activities of the Society, including assessment of research grant applications
  • Respond as required on scientific and technical questions