Specialist Certificate in Blood Management Foundations
The Blood Matters Program is a Victorian Government program run in collaboration with the Australian Red Cross Blood Service that aims to support and enhance best practice in patient blood management (PBM), and the stewardship of blood and blood products, for improved patient outcomes in Victorian health services. This course was developed by an initial consortium including Blood Matters, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. It was initially developed to support and educate transfusion nurses in this consortium, and has expanded over the years to include other health care professionals working in the area of transfusion, both nationally and internationally.
In 2010 a national review of the course was undertaken and the course now has authors and content expert reviewers nationally. The course was reviewed again in 2015 and remodelled to commence with a Specialist Certificate in Blood Management Foundations which can be built on to obtain the Graduate Certificate in Transfusion Practice.