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Our story

Our Mission Statement

  • Promote excellence in clinical care for people with clotting and bleeding disorders;

  • Lead education and training of scientists and clinicians in the field; 

  • Foster innovation through research, discovery and clinical trials; 

  • Advocate and develop policies that improve health outcomes.

The THANZ Story

The THANZ was founded following discussions amongst coagulation enthusiasts led by Beng Chong, who had met together for the 1993 annual HSA meeting in Hobart. Until that time, clotters had consoled themselves within a loose association or "club" and the membership of this club was automatically inherited by THANZ.

The first official meeting was held in the Burswood Convention Centre, Perth with a Council and Officers being elected at the AGM held on 13 October 1994. Beng Chong was the inaugural President, with Alison Street, Vice-President, Ross Baker, Secretary and Tom Exner, Treasurer. The inaugural membership totaled 112 financial members. The following meeting was held in Brisbane as part of the highly successful International Society of Hematology meeting in October 1995.
The THANZ was officially registered as a limited company in New South Wales on 11 August 1995 with a series of objectives which have now been incorporated into our mission statement. Since then, successful meetings have been held in Adelaide, Auckland, Sydney, Hobart, Perth, Brisbane, Christchurch, and Melbourne. The Society produces a regular newsletter and has instituted an annual Award, the THANZ Medal, for young investigators.

A number of Sub-Committees have been created to act as the "working arm" of the Society and we look to these groups for advice and policy on clinical trials, new technology and scientific investigation. New members are always welcome and details on how to join can be found here.

Our Council

Our Subcommittees

Our Council Committee

THANZ council provides strategic direction, governance, financial oversight, and leadership. Through effective management and stakeholder engagement, the council ensures that THANZ remains focused on its mission and continues to grow and thrive. The combined expertise and dedication of our council members are vital for navigating challenges and seizing opportunities for our membership

Anti-coagulation Stewardship Network

The aim of the Anticoagulation Stewardship Network (ACSN) is to provide a forum to discuss the development, implementation, and various activities of ACS programs across Australia and New Zealand. The broader objective is to distinguish ACS as a required, mandated hospital service.

Our Council Committee

THANZ council provides strategic direction, governance, financial oversight, and leadership. Through effective management and stakeholder engagement, the council ensures that THANZ remains focused on its mission and continues to grow and thrive. 

The combined expertise and dedication of our council members are vital for navigating challenges and seizing opportunities for our membership

Education Subcommittee

To advise and make recommendations to the THANZ Executive Council on education and training pathways to provide specialists and scientists with the knowledge and skills required to develop and maintain expertise in the area of Thrombosis and Haemostasis.

To develop and maintain a consistent formalized THANZ accredited training program in Thrombosis and Haemostasis, aligned with the THANZ education mission statement of core competencies. 

To align the program with ISTH recommendations, where applicable. To facilitate and inform members about other educational meetings. 

To develop and disseminate other educational materials for patients and clinicians.

Hononary life members

2022 - Beng Chong, Claire McLintock, Michael Pidcock

2021 - Robert Andrews, Scott Dunkley, Paul Ockelford

2019 - John Rowell

2018 - Alex Gallus, Eng Gan, Michael Seldon

2013 - Hatem Salem, Alison Street

2010 - Elizabeth Berry, John Lloyd

Pre 2005 - Peter Castaldi, Neville Marsh

The past Presidents of THANZ

2021-2023 - Chee Wee Tan

2019-2021 - Anoop Enjeti

2017-2019 - Eileen Merriman

2015-2017 - Harshal Nandurkar

2013-2015 - Jenny Curnow

2011-2013 - Huyen Tran

2009-2011 - Claire McLintock

2007-2009 - Chris Ward

2005-2007 - Mark Smith

2003-2005 - Hatem Salem

2001-2003 - Hatem Salem

1999-2001 - Ross Baker

1997-1999 - Ross Baker

1994-1997 - Beng Chong

Our Sponsors

2024 Corporate Sponsor

THANZ receives financial assistance from the following corporate supporter
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