Blood Service in Brief January 2017

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From the Chief Executive

As you may have heard, last year the Blood Service became aware a file containing donor information was placed in an insecure environment by a third party that develops and maintains our website. This information was copied by a person scanning for security vulnerabilities who then, through an intermediary, informed the Australian Cyber Emergency Response Team (AusCERT) with whom we have membership. With AusCERT’s assistance, we took immediate action to address the problem, and in the article above you can learn more about what happened and what we’re doing to ensure this never happens again.

Even with its challenges, technology also brings opportunities, and we’re focusing on both innovation and quality service to push the Blood Service to the ever-moving ‘leading edge’ of the international blood sector. This edition, you’ll meet two of the key people leading this charge at the Blood Service and learn more about our ‘lab of the future’.

You’ll also discover a host of education opportunities through our Transfusion Learning calendar, some good news on Hepatitis B risk, and an international blood type mystery solved by cooperation and a little bit of chance.

I look forward to bringing you more news and breakthroughs throughout 2017.

Kind regards,

Shelly Park
Chief Executive


Link to stories below or download a PDF version

Improving donor data security

Meet our new Executive Directors

Plan your year of learning

Hep B transfusion risk lower

Lab of the future a step closer

International allies improve efficiency

Playing a role in Australia’s organ and tissue donations

The blood type you didn’t know you had

Your say

Blood and beyond: what we do