Council Members

Mr Simon Benson
President

Simon is a Senior Scientist with the Transfusion Policy and Education team at Australian Red Cross Lifeblood. He is 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.

Clinical Services & Research
Australian Red Cross Lifeblood
Level 3, 17 O’Riordan Street
Alexandria NSW 2015

Dr Anastazia Keegan
Vice President

Dr Anastazia Keegan is a Consultant Haematologist at Concord Repatriation General Hospital and a Transfusion Medicine Specialist at  Australian Red Cross Lifeblood.

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She was the Clinical Lead of Lifeblood’s Genomics Pilot Project and authored the “Genomics White Paper for the International Blood Sector” which explored how genomics was set to transform the blood sector through the delivery of Precision Medicine to the recipients of blood products and tissues.

Anastazia has been an active member of ANZSBT since joining and holds positions on both the Education Standing Committee and Clinical Practice Improvement Standing Committee. She is a member of the Clinical Reference Group for the NBA’s Patient Blood Management Modules and the Chair-elect of RCPA QAP Transfusion Advisory Committee.

Dr Amanda Ormerod
Honorary Treasurer

Dr Amanda Ormerod is a specialist Haematologist in public practice since 2016, previously working at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service as a Transfusion Medicine Specialist and at Bairnsdale Regional Health Service as a Clinical Haematologist.

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Dr Ormerod currently works for Latrobe regional hospital and provides Haematology services clinically for Latrobe regional hospital, Bairnsdale Regional Health Service and Central Gippsland Health.

Dr Ormerod also works for Dorevitch pathology as a laboratory haematologist. Dr Ormerod is trained to perform Bone marrow aspirate and trephines for patients.
Dr Ormerod provides services that encompass management of a diverse range of haematological disorders.

Having trained at the University of Sydney, she completed her advanced training at Barwon Health, Royal Melbourne Hospital and Peninsula Health. She was admitted as Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians and the Royal College of Pathologists in 2015.

Dr Ormerod is interested in transfusion medicine and has worked with the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. She is interested in complex transfusion issues and continues to enjoy transfusion medicine. Dr Ormerod is the current Blood Users Group Victoria Chair.
Dr Ormerod has long had a passion for rural medicine, having worked as a medical scientist for 4 years in Tanzania prior to studying medicine.

Ms Alison Badger
Honorary Secretary

Alison is a Senior Scientist with the New Zealand Blood Service, serving 7 years in the National Red Cell Serology Reference Laboratory and now as a part of the Technical Support team for Tissue Banking Services.

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Alison trained as a Specialist Biomedical Scientist in Scotland and spent 10 years with the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service specialising in red cell serology. She achieved an MSc in Transfusion, Transplantation and Tissue Banking in 2011.

Alison was awarded a scholarship to support professional development in 2019, where she travelled to the USA to receive training in the Monocyte Monolayer Assay (MMA). After project managing the validation and implementation of the MMA, the New Zealand Blood Service now offer this service to patients where transfusion requirements can be challenging.

Alison is a member of the Transfusion Science Standing Committee.

Dr Philip Crispin
Councillor

Dr Crispin is a clinical haematologist and Clinical Director of the Blood Counts Program at Canberra Hospital and lecturer at Australian National University Medical School.

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He serves on the Australian and New Zealand Society of Blood Transfusion’s Clinical Practice Improvement Committee and on the National Blood Transfusion Committee of Red Cross LifeBlood.

Dr Crispin has been involved in developing perioperative and obstetric patient blood management programs, including the appropriate identification of iron deficiency to best target therapy. He has recently completed a PhD in patient blood management. He has current research interests in alternative measurement strategies to guide red cell transfusions, therapy for bleeding in thrombocytopenia, intravenous immunoglobulin use and patient-centred care.

Ms Rebecca McLean
Councillor

Rebecca McLean is the Clinical Nurse Specialist in Blood Management at Perth Children’s Hospital. Rebecca has been in a transfusion role, since 2014, with previous experience in nursing management and Haematology / bone marrow transplant nursing. Rebecca has a keen interest in safe and appropriate administration of blood products, as well as haemovigilance.

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She has presented quality improvement initiatives at the national Blood conference and received the inaugural “transfusion Professional award in Clinical Transfusion Practice” in 2017.

Rebecca is the current chair of the Western Australian Transfusion Education (Wanted) group, which consists of scientists, and transfusion nurses from WA hospitals, and ensures that transfusion practices within WA hospitals not only adheres to national and state guidelines, but resources created are aligned across all sites.

Rebecca has completed the Graduate Certificate in Transfusion Practice with first class honours. She would like to see the course be re-instated/re-developed for future nurses with an interest in Transfusion.
She is an active member of the ANZSBT Education Standing committee and the Transfusion Professionals Network (TPN) and is passionate about nurses having a voice within the society.

After identifying a gap in blood transfusion educational material for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients, Rebecca developed a pictorial and simple English brochure “Yarning about Blood”, a tool to help medical staff discuss consent to blood products, including benefits and risks, as well as alternatives to blood products for these patients. Yarning about Blood is now available as a National resource via the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood website www.transfusion.com.au.

The ANZSBT Council operates in accordance with the following Board Charter.