BloodSTAR News Summer 2019

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In this Summer 2019 issue:

System Activity Update

On Sunday 13 October 2019, the National Blood Authority (NBA) successfully launched BloodSTAR 3.2 into production. Version 3.2 provided a number of beneficial enhancements to improve usability of BloodSTAR. Release notes for version 3.2 were circulated with outage communications on Friday 27 September 2019. For further details or copies of the release notes, please contact support on 1300 0BLOOD (1300 025663) or

Immunoglobulin Governance Update

Growth in immunoglobulin (Ig) use is slowing following national implementation of BloodSTAR

The end of year reconciliation for 2018-19 has confirmed that the full year on year growth of Ig demand from 2017-18 to 2018-19 was 7.2%. This is the lowest annual rate of increase since Australia first secured supply sufficiency through national importation of Ig by the NBA in 2004-05. This compares with a budgeted forecast growth of 11.6%, a reduction of 301 kg.

This outcome follows completion of the development and implementation phase of the Ig Governance Program in October 2018, with the full national roll out of BloodSTAR and the commencement of the Criteria Version 3.

Growth in use of Ig

Monthly Immunoglobulin data and statistics available now

The NBA is working to establish regular reporting to support the Immunoglobulin Governance Program activities. As part of this, the NBA is reporting some high level statistics regarding immunoglobulin use on its website each month. The Ig Usage Data and Statistics page will display current information across a variety of parameters related to the use of immunoglobulin. The latest Ig data Usage and Statistics data is available under the Best Practice section of our website.

NPS MedicineWise seeking your views on improving the prescription and use of immunoglobulin

NPS MedicineWise is a not-for-profit organisation that works nationally to improve quality use of medicines, medical tests and health technologies. A consortium led by NPS MedicineWise has been engaged by the Commonwealth Department of Health to develop and deliver a program that supports a viable and sustainable immunoglobulin prescribing system. The ‘Value in Prescribing: Immunoglobulin Products’ program is a three-year program that will involve working with the National Blood Authority to promote quality use of immunoglobulin products.

NPS MedicineWise is in the early stages of planning and designing the program and is embarking on a consultation process with experts to identify the priority issues that the program can potentially address. Your experience and insights into use of immunoglobulin products would be highly valuable in guiding this program. For further information, please email

Imported immunoglobulin product supply contracts

The NBA’s contracts with CSL Behring and Grifols Australia for the supply of imported immunoglobulin products have been extended until 31 December 2020.

Under the national blood arrangements, Grifols Australia will supply the IVIg product Gamunex 10% from 1 November 2019. The availability of this additional product will enhance the security of imported immunoglobulin supply arrangements over the remaining period of the contracts. Implementation arrangements for Gamunex 10% included the dissemination of appropriate communications and support materials to stakeholders including the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood, approved health providers, clinicians and patients.

User Tip

Requesting SCIg Doses in Bulk

The BloodSTAR 3.2 release introduced the functionality to request multiple subcutaneous immunoglobulin (SCIg) doses in one planning sheet. The process on requesting multiple SCIg doses can be found at ‘Requesting Multiple Subcutaneous Immunoglobulin (SCIg) Dispense Requests’ tip sheet.

NBA Christmas Shutdown

Please note that the NBA office will be closed from 5pm AEDT on 24 December 2019 until 8am AEDT 2 January 2020.

For emergency system support you are able to contact 1300 0BLOOD (1300 025663). For all other non-urgent enquiries, please email

For clinical enquiries please contact the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood on the following numbers:

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For further information

Further information on BloodSTAR is available online here. We welcome feedback and suggestions on how we can improve this newsletter. If you have any topics you would like included in future newsletters, please let us know by calling 13 000 BLOOD (13 000 25663) or by sending an email to

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