Jurisdictional Blood Committee (JBC)

The Jurisdictional Blood Committee (JBC) is a committee of senior government officials with member representation from the Australian Government, the six State Governments and two Territory Governments.

JBC is responsible for all jurisdictional issues relating to the national blood supply, including planning, production, supply and budgeting. It provides national policy leadership on these matters, advising Health Ministers through the  Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Health Council and settling less significant issues as authorised by the Council.  Advice and support to COAG Health Council is provided through the Clinical Principal Committee and Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council.

The JBC is also responsible for considering advice from, and providing advice to, the NBA on matters related to the national blood supply, overseeing the NBA’s role in relation to contracts, and referring proposed changes to the national blood supply for evidence-based evaluation.

TABLE: JBC Membership



Position and Jurisdiction

Ms Penny Shakespeare


Deputy Secretary - Department of Health

Ms Adriana Platona

Member First Assistant Secretary, Technology, Assessment & Access Division - Department of Health

Dr Kerry Chant


Chief Health Officer and Deputy Director General, Population & Public Health - NSW Ministry of Health

Ms Suzanne Byers


Senior Technical Specialist & Specialty Programs Director Commissioning & System Improvement Division, Department of Health Victoria

Mr Nick Steele


General Manager, Queensland Public Health and Scientific Services (QPHaSS), Queensland Health

Dr Sharon Nowrojee


Medical Advisor, Office of the Chief Medical Officer, WA

Ms Susan Ireland


Director Blood, Organ & Tissue Programs - SA Department of Health and Wellbeing

Dr Joy Mendel


Department of Health and Human Services, TAS

Dr Danielle Esler 


Senior Public Health Physician, Department of Health NT

Dr Dinesh Arya


Chief Medical Officer - ACT Health Directorate

Further information is available from the JBC Secretariat by email jbc@blood.gov.au or by telephone 02 6151 5000.