The eLearning courses on this site have been designed to develop the participant’s knowledge of safe clinical transfusion practice and effective patient blood management.
Initial funding was provided in June 2006 by the then South Australian Department of Health “to develop and implement an on-line learning tool suitable for knowledge credentialing of all professionals who handle blood and blood products…” under the BloodSafe program banner. The Transfusion Basics course was released in late 2007, to South Australian hospitals. Interest from other states and territories led to the release and implementation of the resource across Australia. A successful application was made to the Jurisdictional Blood Committee (JBC) for joint national funding to enable free access by all users and to support and further develop this resource.
As a result the eLearning was renamed BloodSafe eLearning Australia with expansion from one course to fifteen courses and one App at present. As of March 2017 over 418,000 users from more than 1,500 Australian organisations have registered with BloodSafe eLearning Australia. On average there are more than 14,000 course completions per month.
Funding is currently available to June 30, 2018. It is provided by the National Blood Authority through the JBC operating on behalf of all Australian Governments. BloodSafe eLearning Australia is also supported by the Australian Red Cross Blood Service and the Australian and New Zealand Society of Blood Transfusion (ANZSBT).
The success of this model has been the topic of an article in the International Journal of Advanced Corporate Learning (iJAC) – Federated Governance: A Successful Model for E-Learning.
The eLearning is used extensively by health regions and health related organisations including public and private hospitals and pathology providers.