Council Members

Dr Gemma Crighton
President

Gemma currently works as a paediatric haematologist at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. She has previously worked as a Clinical Research Fellow with the Transfusion Research Unit at Monash University working on the Neonatal Alloimmune Thrombocytopenia (NAIT) and Haemoglobinopathy registries.

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She undertook her undergraduate medical training at the University of Auckland, New Zealand and holds fellowships with the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and Royal Australasian College of Physicians (Chid Health Division).

Her interests include neonatal and paediatric blood transfusions, paediatric benign haematology and obstetric haematology.

Haematology
Royal Children’s Hospital
Flemington Road
Parkville VIC 3052

Mr Simon Benson
Vice President

Simon is a Senior Scientist with the Transfusion Policy and Education team at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. He is Vice President of the Society and also a member of the Transfusion Science Standing Committee.

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Simon trained as a Biomedical Scientist in the UK and is a Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science (FIBMS). He has worked in transfusion services and hospital transfusion laboratories in the UK, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand and Australia.
His interests include adverse transfusion events and haemovigilance and before moving to Australia Simon was responsible for introducing the New Zealand’s National Haemovigilance Programme.

Simon is a member of the ISBT Haemovigilance Working Party and the International Haemovigilance Network‘s (IHN) Seminar Committee.

Transfusion Clinical Governance Unit
Australian Red Cross Blood Service
Level 3, 17 O’Riordan Street
Alexandria NSW 2015

Ms Jo Cameron
Honorary Secretary

Jo is the Director of the Immunoglobulin (Ig) Governance program at the National Blood Authority (NBA). In previous roles at the NBA, Jo was responsible for teams supporting the National Blood Sector Systems including BloodNet, BloodSTAR and the Australian Bleeding Disorders Registry. In addition to managing the Ig Governance Program, the focus of Jo’s work has been on projects that relate to clinicians and scientists who use blood products, laboratories and other health providers, specifically the storage, handling and use of blood and blood products, with a strong emphasis on inventory management and wastage reduction in the blood sector. Many of the aspects of Jo’s work focus specifically on ANZSBT, AS3864, NATA and NPAAC requirements.

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Jo has a BASci in Medical Laboratory Science and has over 27 years’ experience in the blood sector including 20 years in transfusion pathology laboratories, including as laboratory manager, in both the public and private health sector. In those roles Jo was responsible for the scientific program, and led the teams through the implementation of all of the ANZSBT guidelines and publications.

Jo currently serves on the Australian and New Zealand Society of Blood Transfusion (ANZSBT) Council and is a member of the Education Standing Committee. Jo’s role in education has also extended previously to an adjunct appointment as a lecturer at the University of Canberra where she taught the graduate and undergraduate immunohaematology course, as well as a teaching component of the Medical Science Degree at the Australian National University.

National Blood Authority
Locked Bag 8430
Canberra ACT 2601

Ms Deborah Pinchon
Honorary Treasurer

Debbie is the Clinical Nurse Consultant at the King Edward Memorial Hospital in Western Australia.

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Debbie worked as a nurse and a midwife in the UK before moving to Australia in 2012. She has specialised in haematology, transfusion and haemovigilance for the past 18 years and used these themes in completion of her MSc in Health Professional Leadership. She has a number of papers published in a number of international peer reviewed medical journals which includes national guidelines on the management of acute transfusion reactions.

Her current role as Clinical Nurse Consultant was established to lead and implement patient blood management at a tertiary women’s hospital. Recently she has taken over responsibility for haemoglobinopathy screening for women at the hospital.

Clinical Nurse Consultant
Transfusion, King Edward Memorial Hospital
Bagot Rd
Subiaco WA 6008

 

 

Mr Greg Irwin
Councillor

Greg is currently the Senior Hospital Scientist in the Haematology Department at the John Hunter Hospital, and is a member of the NSW Health Pathology Transfusion Clinical Stream.

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Greg has approximately 27 years of experience in both private and public pathology laboratories, and has a Diploma of Health Science (Pathology), a Bachelor of Medical Science (Pathology) and a Masters Degree in Health Management.

He has a strong interest in the appropriate usage of blood and blood products and is particularly focussed on minimising wastage.

He is keen to see a standardisation of processes and methods within laboratory settings.

Haematology Department
Pathology North – Hunter
Lookout Road
New Lambton Heights NSW 2305

Ms Liz Thrift
Councillor

Liz is a transfusion nurse specialist and is based in the Palmerston North Hospital in New Zealand. She provides transfusion practice support to staff in public and private hospitals across central New Zealand.

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As one of six New Zealand Blood Service transfusion nurse specialists, Liz is responsible for the provision of transfusion advice, support and education to medical staff, nurses and midwives.  Liz works alongside the NZBS quality team auditing hospitals in the central region to ensure transfusion policy and procedures meet international best practice standards and that staff adhere to these policies.

Liz has an extensive background in both clinical nursing and nursing education /quality in New Zealand and the United Kingdom which she brings to her role within NZBS.  She has been an active member of ANZSBT since 2005, has been a past secretary of the Transfusion Practitioners Network.

Clinical, Manawatu
New Zealand Blood Service
PO Box 2056
Palmerston North 4440
New Zealand