Specialist Certificate in Blood Management Foundations

Area of Study Type of Course Level of Study
Health and Medical Award Specialist Certificate
Course Specialist Certificate in Blood Management Foundations
Course Code SC-BLOODMF
Course Abbreviation SpecCertBldMgmtFnd
Partner Faculty Melbourne School of Heath Sciences at the University of Melbourne

Australian Red Cross Blood Service through the Blood Matters Program
Background 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 a Graduate Certificate in Transfusion Practice.
Course Description The Specialist Certificate will serve as foundation training for students who work in areas where blood or blood products are transfused. It will introduce the student to the important foundation concepts of patient blood management & the National Healthcare Standards relating to blood. The Specialist Certificate will provide the student with specific skills/information they require to participate in the accreditation process for blood and blood products.

It will also serve as a pathway into the existing Graduate Certificate in Transfusion Practicewhich is designed to give further training on the more advanced concepts of blood management.
Delivery Mode The content for the this subject will be delivered via:
  • Text based Distance Learning Packages via a web-enabled learning platform called SOLE.
  • The online facilitator is available online and responds to emails, checks discussion postings and monitors progress on discussion threads. Appointments can be made for telephone discussions via email.
  • The course is delivered over 1 semester.
Who Should Apply Healthcare professionals including nurses, midwives, and scientists currently working in or associated with the field of transfusion or working towards this. Staff responsible for managing organisational compliance with Standard 7 and associated activities, or working towards this should also apply.
Subjects The Specialist Certificate in Blood Management Foundations requires successful completion of the following 25 point subject:

NURS90110 - Foundations in Blood Management (25 points)
This subject will serve as foundation training for students who work in areas where blood or blood products are delivered. It will introduce the student to the important foundation concepts of patient blood management & the National Healthcare Standards relating to blood. The subject will provide the student with specific skills/information they require to participate in the accreditation process for blood and blood products. There will be an opportunity to apply this knowledge to practice through some of the learning activities. It will also serve as a pathway into the existing Graduate Certificate in Transfusion Practice which is designed to give further training on the more advanced concepts of blood management.
Assessment Each subject is formally assessed to meet the requirements of University accreditation. Assessment is designed to be practical and relevant to industry professionals.
Pathways to Further Study Students that complete the Specialist Certificate in Blood Management Foundations may be eligible to gain 25 points credit if they decide to enrol in one of the following courses: Students that decide to enrol in one of the following Specialty Graduate Certificates will only receive 12.5 points credit, equivalent to an elective subject.

Available specialties include: anaesthetics; critical care; emergency; perioperative, rural critical care; paediatric critical care; cancer and palliative care; mental health; paediatrics; and primary care.
Additional Information This is a distance education course taught entirely online. Students must have access to computer facilities and the internet. Students are required to be familiar with the internet and will need to have basic computer and word processing skills. Specifically, students need to be able to write, edit and save an essay on the computer.

Login details are provided once you are enrolled into the course.

Prospective students should note that they may not be able to undertake this online course from their place of employment due to network configurations at many workplaces (e.g. firewall / proxy server configurations to control internet traffic).
Academic and Teaching Team The course is delivered in partnership with the Australian Red Cross Blood Service under the auspices of the Blood Matters Program and the Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria. It is conducted by an experienced nurse educator with an extensive clinical background in haematology and transfusion and is the only online Specialist Certificate in Blood Management Foundations course in the Southern Hemisphere.

Academic Course Coordinator - Ms Cathie Pigott
Online Facilitator - Ms Judy Forsyth, Clinical Nurse Educator
Entry Requirements All applicants must demonstrate that they meet the following minimum entry requirements:

An undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification in medicine, nursing, an allied health profession, science or social science which is recognised by The University of Melbourne as evidence of adequate preparation for the course,
OR
At least five years documented relevant work experience.

It is an advantage if students are employed in an appropriate clinical environment since support of their employer to facilitate completion of specialty clinical competencies is a requirement of the course.

Alternative arrangements will need to be made on a case by case basis for those applicants not currently working in the clinical environment and this will be at the discretion of the Course Coordinator and the University of Melbourne.
Course Fees

2017 - $5,000* ($2,500 per 12.5 point subject, GST exempt).
Fees are subject to an annual increase.

*Scholarships for 2017 are now closed

*Applicants may be eligible for a partial scholarship through Blood Matters. The partial scholarships are available to Victorians only, and provided to encourage individuals interested in taking up a transfusion improvement role in the Victorian health system. The scholarship provides partial reimbursement of the course fees upon successful completion of each semester. Further information on the scholarship application process is available from the Blood Matters program secretariat 03 9694 0102 or email bloodmatters@redcrossblood.org.au

Fee Inclusions As enrolled students of the University of Melbourne, students have access to a range of facilities and amenities provided by the University of Melbourne
FEE HELP Fee-Help is a loan from the Australian Government to cover tuition fees and is available to Australian Citizens only.
Key Dates Applications for 2017 are now closed.

Semester 1, 2017
Monday 6 March 2017 - Sunday 25 June 2017
1 week break for Easter commencing Monday 17 April - Sunday 23 April 2017
2 week mid semester break - Monday 25 April - Sunday 8 May 2017
Related Courses and Subjects Graduate Certificate in Transfusion Practice
Contact Us Program Coordinator - Ally Prowse
Phone: (+61) 3 8344 1605