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National Transfusion Dataset

The National Transfusion Dataset (NTD) will form the first integrated national database of blood usage in Australia. The NTD aims to collect information about where, when, and how blood products are used across all clinical settings. This will provide Australia’s first integrated national database to record blood usage with the ability to link with clinical outcomes. The dataset will be an invaluable resource towards a comprehensive understanding of how and why blood products are used, numbers and characteristics of patients transfused in health services, the clinical outcomes after transfusion, and provide support to policy development and research.

The NTD was formed through the incorporation of the established Australian and New Zealand Massive Transfusion Registry (ANZ-MTR) and a pilot Transfusion Database (TD) project. The ANZ-MTR has a unique focus on massive transfusion (MT) and contains over 10,000 cases from 41 hospitals across Australia and New Zealand. The TD was a trial extension of the registry that collated data on ALL (not just massive) transfusions on >8000 patients from pilot hospitals. The NTD will integrate and expand these databases to provide new data on transfusion practice, using novel approaches to collect data on clinical outcomes. The NTD will link datasets of blood utilisation including prehospital, clinical and registry data, with the aim of closing the vital haemovigilance loop.

Where, when, how and why blood is used

Linking data on all blood product use and patient outcomes across Australia to create the first end-to-end picture of transfusion practice and clinical outcomes.

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  • Expand transfusion data coverage by integrating prehospital transfusion data with hospital data, and linking with registry transfusion data

  • Employ novel approaches, including natural language processing, to better collect outcome

  • Strengthen data quality

  • Improve access to transfusion data for stakeholders and researchers

  • Improve Australian transfusion research capacity and efficiency

  • Create new research opportunities (e.g. data for health economics analyses) to inform national transfusion policy and practice, improve blood utilisation and patient management and outcomes


Project Team

Meet the team who manages the day to day operations of the NTD

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Project Manager


Research Officer


Project Consultant

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Project Consultant

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Data Manager


Karthik Mandapaka

Data Analyst 

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Health Economist

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Project Lead

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Project Investigator

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Project Investigator

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Project Investigator

Data partnership group

Currently transfusion data capture in prehospital settings (e.g. ambulance / retrieval) and in the community are not linked or visible to hospitals. Monash University which manages the NTD along with other national datasets for blood diseases including myeloma, lymphoma and aplastic anaemia formed a Data Partnership Group together with Ambulance Victoria (AV), the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society Adult Patient Database (ANZICS APD), Prehospital Emergency Care ANZ (PEC-ANZ), and Alfred Health and Flinders Medical Centre to address this data gap.


In 2022 the partnership has been expanded to include the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Research Centre (ANZIC-RC), the Australian and New Zealand Society of Blood Transfusion (ANZSBT), the Blood Matters Program and Australian Red Cross Lifeblood. The partnership with prehospital, hospital and the key clinical registries will strengthen the data coverage and quality in the NTD.


The dataset will be available for use by researchers, clinicians, government, industry and others to inform patient care, clinical guideline development and to generate hypothesis-driven research in the area.

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Steering Committee

The NTD Steering Committee comprised of the Project Lead, partners, and advisors will oversee project development, review project performance, provide strategic advice to the Project Team, and manage user access to the data asset.

Alfred Health

Ambulance Victoria

Aplastic Anaemia and Other Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes Registry

Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society Adult Patient Database


Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Research Unit


Australian and New Zealand Society for Blood Transfusion


Australian Red Cross Lifeblood


Australian Research Data Commons


Blood Matters Program


Consumer Representative


Flinders Medical Centre


Lymphoma and Related Diseases Registry


Monash University - Transfusion Research Unit

Myeloma and Related Diseases Registry


Prehospital Emergency Care Australia and New Zealand

Mr Chris Berry, Dr Susan Morgan


Dr David Anderson, Dr Shelley Cox, Mr Anthony de Witt


Dr Lucy Fox

Prof David Pilcher


Dr Lisa Higgins, Prof Carol Hodgson


Mr Simon Benson


Dr James Daly


Dr Catherine Brady


Ms Linley Bielby


Ms Shannah Anderson

Prof David Roxby

Prof Stephen Opat

Dr Karina Brady, Ms Kirsten Caithness, Dr Adam Irving, Mr Karthik Mandapaka, Prof Zoe McQuilten, Ms Tina van Tonder, Mr Neil Waters, Dr Cameron Wellard, Prof Erica Wood

Prof Andrew Spencer


Prof Peter Cameron, Prof Biswadev Mitra, Prof Karen Smith

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The NTD project received investment (doi: 10.47486/DP708) from the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC). The ARDC is funded by the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS). The NTD investment is part of the ARDC National Data Assets - Australian Data Partnerships program. Project outputs for the NTD will be supported by the ARDC to be compliant with the internationally recognised Findable Accessible Interoperable Reusable (FAIR) guidelines.

The expansion and growth of the NTD is supported by a MRFF 2021 Research Data Infrastructure grant.


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