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Blood and Marrow Transplant + Cellular Therapies Network

Working to improve the experience and delivery of healthcare for patients accessing Blood and Marrow Transplant + Cellular Therapies (BMT+CT) services across NSW.

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Priorities

  • Maintain the centralised quality management service for the NSW blood and marrow transplant and cellular therapies programs and adapt to changes in national and international standards and work practices.
  • To support the continued education and professional development of the BMT+CT clinicians, scientists and allied health professionals through webinars, forums, working groups and publications
  • To co-design education, communication resources, data collection and transition pathways for post BMT long term follow up with patients and carers, clinicians and non-government organisations
  • To support the central implementation of cellular therapy treatments including the development of central policies and procedures, outcome data review and onboarding of translational sites to provide commercial CAR-T cellular products
  • To implement an ISBT 128 labelling system across the BMT+CT Network

Achievements

The BMT+CT Network has made significant achievements in the areas of clinician support, education, research and policy setting. Among the achievements include:

  • Twelve years of BMT specific quality management services supporting National Association of Testing Authorities / Royal College of Pathologists Australasia (NATA/ RCPA) accreditation and Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapies / Joint Accreditation Committee ISCT-Europe & EBMT (FACT-JACIE) accreditation for the paediatric programs.
  • Post-BMT Sydney Survey – 12 year review of quality of life and complications of BMT survivors with a view of improving health services. This survey has led to multiple publications and the development of BMT Long Term Follow Up Clinical Guidelines
  • Patient information books published on allogeneic and autologous transplants, as well as a paediatric specific guide for family members and carers
  • Collection of over 600 patients in hospital experiences over 15 BMT apheresis collection centres and wards using a Patient Experience Tracker
  • Development of Post-Transplant vaccination guidelines including adult and paediatric vaccination cards.
  • State-wide BMT Environmental Cleaning Project  - ACI has supported six rounds of external cleaning audits, two cleaning/clinical governance workshops and collaboration with the Clinical Excellence Commission in the development of the NSW Cleaning of the Healthcare Environment Policy Directive and auditing tool.