Graduate Certificate in Transfusion Practice
Blood Matters was a pilot program led by a consortium of three organisations, The Australian Red Cross Blood Service (ARCBS), the Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH), and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (PMCC). The project was designed to develop sustainable and transferable improvements in transfusion practice for use by hospitals and clinicians across Victoria and Australia by realigning recommended and actual transfusion practices and optimising clinical decision-making. Part of the project involved the introduction and development of a Transfusion Nurse (TN) role. A 12 month educational program was developed to support/educate the TNs.
In 2010 a national review was undertaken and the course now has authors and content reviewers from health organisations in Victoria and interstate professionals and experts from South Australia, Western Australia, Northern Territory and New South Wales. Authors and content reviewer included professionals from health organisations in Victoria such as The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, The Alfred Hospital, The Royal Children's Hospital, The Royal Women's Hospital and Australian Red Cross Blood Service.
The Graduate Certificate in Transfusion Practice is a part-time, four subject online program of one year’s duration administered by The University of Melbourne School of Nursing. It provides registered nurses and other health care professionals with the professional and clinical knowledge and skills to act as a specialist resource in the area of Transfusion Practice.
The course aims to provide with the framework for participants to effectively contribute to achieving best practice hospital transfusion across health services.