Diagnosis and management of iron deficiency anaemia: a clinical update

Sant-Rayn S Pasricha, Stephen C Flecknoe-Brown, Katrina J Allen, Peter R Gibson, Lawrence P McMahon, John K Olynyk, Simon D Roger, Helen F Savoia, Ramdas Tampi, Amanda R Thomson, Erica M Wood and Kathryn L Robinson
Med J Aust 2010; 193 (9): 525-532.


  • Sant-Rayn S Pasricha1,2
  • Stephen C Flecknoe-Brown4
  • Katrina J Allen6
  • Peter R Gibson8
  • Lawrence P McMahon5
  • John K Olynyk11,12,13
  • Simon D Roger14
  • Helen F Savoia15
  • Ramdas Tampi16
  • Amanda R Thomson18
  • Erica M Wood1,19
  • Kathryn L Robinson20,21

  • 1 Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 Australian Red Cross Blood Service, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 3 Broken Hill Health Service, Broken Hill, NSW.
  • 4 University Department of Rural Health, School of Public Health, Sydney Medical School, Sydney, NSW.
  • 5 Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 6 Gut and Liver Research Group, Infection, Immunity and Environment, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 7 Monash University, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 8 Box Hill Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 9 Eastern Health, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 10 Department of Gastroenterology, Fremantle Hospital, Fremantle, WA.
  • 11 University of Western Australia, Perth, WA.
  • 12 Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute, Curtin University, Perth, WA.
  • 13 Western Australian Institute of Medical Research, Perth, WA.
  • 14 Gosford Hospital, Gosford, NSW.
  • 15 Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 16 Clinipath Pathology, Perth, WA.
  • 17 Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, NSW.
  • 18 Australian Red Cross Blood Service, Sydney, NSW.
  • 19 Department of Clinical Haematology, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 20 Australian Red Cross Blood Service, Adelaide, SA.
  • 21 The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Adelaide, SA.

Competing interests:

Katrina Allen gave a presentation at an educational forum on iron therapy organised by Aspen Pharmacare in February 2008 and received an honorarium for her time. She received reimbursement for local travel expenses. (Aspen are the Australian sponsors for iron sucrose and iron polymaltose on behalf of Vifor International.) Peter Gibson has received honararia from Aspen Pharmacare for contributing to educational meetings. His institution has received a grant from Vifor International for an investigator-initiated study. Simon Roger has received money for board membership of, and consultancy for, Amgen, Roche, Vifor, Janssen-Cilag and Sandoz. He has also received honoraria, payment for educational presentations and reimbursement for travel expenses from these companies. Kathryn Robinson had an interstate airfare and accommodation for one night paid directly by Aspen Pharmacare for presenting at an educational iron forum organised by Aspen in February 2008; information from her presentation was used for an Aspen educational newsletter but no payment was received.

The Australian Iron Deficiency Expert group received funding for a meeting in May 2009 from the Australian and New Zealand Society of Blood Transfusion, the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, the South Australian Department of Health, the Victorian Department of Health and the NSW Clinical Excellence Commission. The funding was used to pay for the venue and for travel and accommodation of those participants not funded by the institutions they worked for. The participants included clinicians from public hospitals and private practice, and representatives from the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, National Institute of Clinical Studies, National Prescribing Service, National Blood Authority, Therapeutic Goods Authority, and Australian Safety and Quality Commission. No funding from industry was received by the Expert group and no industry representatives were present at the meeting. Three international clinicians attending the Expert meeting were in Australia (funded by Vifor International) for a meeting organised by the WA Department of Health Blood Management Program — the Expert group meeting was organised back-to-back with this meeting to take advantage of their visit.

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