Are you a blood donor? Have you ever received a blood product? Or do you care for someone who does? Do you want to know more about transfusion research and help shape the direction of our future work? If any of those apply, we’d love to hear from you.
The Blood Synergy is a collaborative research program focused on how blood products are used now, and how they can be better used in the future to improve patient outcomes. We are seeking Consumer and Community Representatives to join our Advisory Committee to help shape future research in transfusion medicine.
We’re looking for members of the community that have donated blood, received blood products (such as red blood cells, immunoglobulin, plasma, or platelets), and/or have been a carer for someone receiving a transfusion. This could have been a one-off transfusion following trauma or surgery, or as a regular recipient in the treatment of an ongoing condition.
Consumer and community representatives are integral members of the Advisory Committee, whose other members include doctors and health professionals, scientists, and policy-makers with expertise in transfusion medicine and research. The Advisory Committee meets once yearly, and community representatives meet an additional once or twice a year with the Blood Synergy Lead Investigator, and Program Manager.
The Advisory Committee’s role is to review the Blood Synergy activities, and guide our future research to ensure we’re focused on the questions and evidence gaps in transfusion medicine most relevant to patient care and blood use in Australia. Consumer and community representatives provide a valuable perspective to these discussions by representing the views and experiences of people who are recipients of blood transfusion, or blood donors.
We’re keen to hear from people of all ages, gender, ethnic background, and patient/donor/carer experience. No prior knowledge, specific qualifications, or professional background is required.
Sitting fees will be provided to support the contribution of the selected community representatives, and make sure they’re not out of pocket for being involved.