The International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT) brings together professionals from around the world to share knowledge and advance transfusion practice.

ANZSBT is an affiliate institutional member of ISBT, which gives ANZSBT members access to selected ISBT educational materials, including presentations from ISBT congresses.  You can find instructions on how to access these at:

You may also be interested in becoming an individual member of ISBT.  This gives you the opportunity to

  • get involved in any one of ISBT’s 15 working parties, the transfusion practitioner forum, or the young professionals group,
  • access the full range of ISBT educational resources,
  • participate in webcasts and online journal clubs, and
  • secure reduced rates for ISBT congresses

The next regional congress will be held in Bangkok from 16-19 November, followed by the international congress in Barcelona (June 2020), and then regional congresses in Milan (June 2021) and Brisbane (November 2021) – the first ISBT congress in Australia since 1986!  So now’s the time to get planning to share your work by submitting an abstract to one of the upcoming meetings.

Being a member of ISBT is a wonderful way to advance your education and career, and meet colleagues and make friends all around the world.  Membership is not expensive, and there are special rates for medical scientists, transfusion practitioners and the under-35s.  See:

Please get in touch with any of us if you have questions about ISBT, or ideas about how you can get involved.

Erica Wood, ISBT president-elect

Lin Fung, ISBT Western Pacific regional director

Linley Bielby, chair, ISBT transfusion practitioner forum, ISBT working party on clinical transfusion

Gemma Crighton, chair, paediatric subgroup, ISBT working parties on clinical transfusion and haemovigilance