Amanda Thijsen

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Amanda Thijsen

Senior Research Assistant

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Amanda works on ways to improve the safety and experience of blood donation. She’s interested in combining insights from data, interviews, surveys and clinical trials to improve our management of adverse events, like fainting.

Amanda is pursuing a PhD in Public Health at the University of Sydney, examining how research evidence is translated into clinical practice. She loves working in an applied setting and being able to see the impact of research on improving donor safety.




Key publications

Offering new and returned donors the option to give plasma: implications for donor retention and donor adverse events
Thijsen A, Davison TE, Speedy J, Hoad V, Masser B
Vox Sang
DOI 10.1111/vox.12977
Reduced risk of vasovagal reactions in Australian whole blood donors after national implementation of applied muscle tension and water loading
Thijsen A, Masser B, Davison TE
Trends in return behavior after an adverse event in Australian whole blood and plasma donors
Thijsen A, Masser B, Gemelli CN, Davison TE
Vasovagal reactions in blood donors: risks, prevention and management
Thijsen A, Masser B
Transfus Med.
29 Suppl 1:13-22.
Does using applied muscle tension at strategic time points during donation reduce phlebotomist- and donor-reported vasovagal reaction rates? A three-armed randomized controlled trial
Thijsen A, Gemelli CN, Davison TE, O'Donovan J, Bell B, Masser B
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