BloodSTAR News August 2016

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In This August Issue:

BloodSTAR Go live update: Northern Territory, South Australia and Queensland Now Live

BloodSTAR is now live in NT, SA and QLD with close to 4000 active patients and 3000 users accessing BloodSTAR as either, Authorisers, Medical Officers or Nurses. Despite a few minor problems that were quickly resolved by the NBA and Australian Red Cross Lifeblood, BloodSTAR is working successfully for all patients and key stakeholders.

“This is the first government IT system that actually saves me time!” Dr Daman Langguth, Clinical Immunologist, SNP in Queensland.

BloodSTAR in NSW: Postponed implementation in NSW

The NSW Ministry of Health and the National Blood Authority have confirmed that the go-live date for BloodSTAR in NSW, tentatively planned for 7 November, has been postponed until a date to be confirmed in 2017. The postponement is necessary because, as yet, specific issues that impact on the implementation of BloodSTAR in NSW have not been resolved. The Ministry of Health and the National Blood Authority are continuing to work towards an acceptable solution. This date change is relevant to all public and private facilities across the State. Further communications will be distributed in the future to outline the new go live date and implementation strategy.

Training Calendar: register now for VIC

BloodSTAR Go Live Training
Multiple one hour face-to-face training sessions are being provided at the below facilities by the NBA in preparation for BloodSTAR. There will be separate training sessions for prescribers, nurses and dispensers. These sessions will go through the BloodSTAR in depth and discuss the functionality available from go live onwards.

Victorian Training Calendar

Session Times



8.30am – 4pm

Monday 5 September

The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Parkville

8.30am – 12pm

Monday 5 September

Albury Wodonga Health

8.45am – 12.15pm

Monday 5 September

Austin Hospital, Heidelberg

1.30pm – 5pm

Monday 5 September

Box Hill Hospital, Box Hill

1.30pm – 5pm

Monday 5 September

North East Health Wangaratta

8.30am – 4pm Tuesday 6 September Royal Children’s Hospital, Parkville
9am – 10am Tuesday 6 September Sunshine Hospital, Sunshine
1pm – 2pm Tuesday 6 September Cabrini Hospital, Malvern
11am – 2.30pm Tuesday 6 September Bendigo Health
3pm – 4pm Tuesday 6 September Australian Clinical Labs Bendigo
8.30am – 12pm Wednesday 7 September St Vincent’s Hospital
8.30 – 12pm Wednesday 7 September Ballarat Public Hospital
1pm – 4.30pm Wednesday 7 September Peter MacCallum Centre
2pm – 3pm Wednesday 7 September St John of God Pathology, Geelong
3.30pm – 5.45pm Wednesday 7 September Barwon Health
8.30am – 12pm Thursday 8 September Frankston Hospital
8.30am – 4pm Thursday 8 September Monash Medical Centre, Clayton
1.15pm – 5pm Thursday 8 September Dandenong Hospital
10am – 11.15am Friday 9 September Melbourne Pathology, Collingwood
9.45am – 4pm Friday 9 September The Alfred Hospital
12.30pm – 4pm Friday 9 September The Northern Hospital
1.30pm – 5pm Friday 9 September LaTrobe Regional Hospital

(TBC – To be confirmed)

How to register

For more information about session times or to register for a session, please refer to details available at, contact the NBA on 13 000 BLOOD (13 000 25663) or Look out for training in other states and territories in upcoming editions of BloodSTAR Newsletter closer to rollouts dates in those areas.

Immunoglobulin Governance National Policy: Second Edition Now Available

The National Policy for Access to Government Funded Immunoglobulin Products in Australia was recently revised , and is now applicable to the implementation of BloodSTAR in July 2016. For more information about the policy or to view, download or order a hard copy of the updated edition that is relevant to those now live with BloodSTAR, please go to

Immunoglobulin Inventory Management Guidelines: Now Available

The National Blood Authority has published module 2 of the Inventory Management Guidelines ‘Managing Intravenous and Subcutaneous Immunoglobulin Inventory’. This guideline will assist health providers to meet the requirements of the Ig Governance National Policy by;

  1. describing how to establish and manage stock levels, 
  2. outlining the Ig product ordering modules,
  3. identifying different methods to determine ordering requirements/trigger, and
  4. providing recommendations for good practice.

To access the new module, please go to

Travelling Patient: Is your patient receiving immunoglobulin products and travelling interstate?

If you have a patient who is on BloodSTAR and travelling to a State/Territory not yet on BloodSTAR OR your State/Territory is not yet on BloodSTAR and your patient is travelling to a State/Territory where BloodSTAR is live, please go to for further information on how to manage and organise treatment for your travelling patient.

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