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

Ms Liz Thrift
Vice President

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

Mr Greg Irwin
Honorary Treasurer

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

Dr Anastazia Keegan
Honorary Secretary

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
Councillor

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. 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.

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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.

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