Wednesday 26th February 2020

1100-1400 Exhibition Bump In | National Ballroom 3
1100-1800 Registration Open | Foyer
1200-1230 Arrival Tea and Coffee | Foyer
Opening Plenary One | National Ballroom 2
Chair: Girish Talaulikar
1230-1300 Welcome to Country | Fred Monaghan, Ngunnawal Elder
Opening Address | Hon Rachel Stephen-Smith MLA
Welcome Address | Richard Singer, Chair Local Organising Committee & Aron Chakera, Chair Dialysis Advisory Committee
1300-1400 Patient & Carers Voices: A series of talks by patients and carers | Chair: Julie Voutos
Patient Panel: Christine Le Grand, Guy Higgins, Peter Marshall, Kaye Kelly, Bill Handke, Nicole (Nicki) Scholes-Robertson

Generously supported by Baxter Healthcare

1400-1430 Afternoon Tea | Exhibition Area
Plenary Two | National Ballroom 2
Chair: Jaquelyne Hughes & Richard Singer 
Ethical Considerations with Home First
1430-1450 Cost reimbursement variation
Rosie Simmonds
1450-1505 Cost as a barrier to uptake of home dialysis
Nicki Scholes-Robertson
1505-1525 A consumer’s view on incentivising patients to go home
Bill Handke
1525-1545 Ethics of home first policy, do incentives impair patient autonomy?
Neale Roberts
1545-1600 Patient Panel: Rosie Simmonds, Christine Le Grand, Guy Higgins, Peter Marshall, Kaye Kelly, Bill Handke, Neale Roberts, Nicki Scholes-Robertson
1600-1605 Move to breakout sessions
Breakout Session A
Policy Talks | National Ballroom 2
Chairs: Richard Singer & Aron Chakera
Research | National Ballroom 1
Chair: Alice Kennard
1605-1630 Territory policy goals
Dr Dinesh Arya
TEACH-PD Trial – Targeted Education ApproaCH to Improve Peritoneal Dialysis Outcomes
Josephine Chow
1630-1655 Overcoming disincentives for the private physician
Gavin Carney
1655-1720 Physician view on achievable funding models to increase uptake of home dialysis and avoid dis-incentives for transplantation
Neil Boudville
Including PREMS and PROMs in Home Dialysis Research
Professor Rachael Morton with Bill Handke and Consumer panel
1720-1745 Policy Talks Panel Discussion
Dr Dinesh Arya, Gavin Carney, Neil Boudville and Catherine Brogan

Welcome Reception | Exhibition Area

Welcome to the 2020 Home Dialysis Conference in Canberra! This is the first social opportunity to catch up with your interstate colleagues and sponsors and exhibitors of the Meeting.  The welcome reception also provides a great opportunity to meet delegates who are attending the conference for the first time.

The Welcome Reception is generously sponsored by Roche


Thursday 27th February 2020

Dialysis Australia Breakfast Symposium | National Ballroom 1

Dialysis Australia’s home dialysis model of care – increased choice and convenience in where people receive their care

Click here for more information.  Session includes a light buffet breakfast commencing 7am followed by the symposium.  Bookings can be made during the registration process or by emailing 

0730-1700 Registration Desk Open | Foyer
0800-0830 Arrival Tea and Coffee in the Exhibition
Plenary Three | National Ballroom 2
Home Network Initiative
Chairs: Allyson Calvin & Julie Voutos
0830-0850 The HOME Network Initiative
Josephine Chow, Melinda Tomlins

Home Network Initiative Panel: The HOME Network: What is in it for me?   

Panel: Dana Windebank (Consumer, NSW), Paula Woodward (Non Clinical Member, NSW), Caroline McNaught (ACT), Rosemary Simmonds (VIC), Monique Borlace (SA)

  Vascular Access Models
Chair: Doris Chan

0925-1015 Vascular access models of care
Andrea Viecelli

Dr Andrea Viecelli is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Queensland and nephrologist at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, Australia.  She completed her PhD on strategies to improve vascular access outcomes in patients on haemodialysis through the University of Queensland in 2019. She is a clinical trialist of the Australasian Kidney Trials Network and a lead investigator of the FAVOURED study, an international, multicentre randomised controlled trial of fish oil and aspirin for preventing arteriovenous fistula failure.  Full biography.


1015-1045 Morning Tea | Exhibition Area
Plenary Four | National Ballroom 2
Interventional Nephrology
Chair: Krishna Karpe

1045-1125 Fistula maintenance and physician peritoneal dialysis access placement
Murty Mantha

Dr Murty Mantha MD DM DNB FRACP FASN, is a Pre-eminent staff specialists , Director of renal services at Cairns Hinterland and hospital District and Associate professor (Adjunct) of medicine, JCU school of medicine, Cairns. He has overseen successful implementation of models of care relating to home haemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis for Indigenous patients from rural and remote communities. Full biography

Health Literacy
Chairs: Julie Voutos & Allyson Calvin
1130-1215 Health literacy in renal.  Overcoming non-adherence
Ann Bonner, PhD, MA, BAppSc, Renal Cert, RN, MACN

Ann Bonner is a Professor of Nursing in the School of Nursing at Queensland University of Technology and leads the Renal Nursing Professorial Unit at Metro North Hospital and Health Service. She has 30 years’ experience as a nephrology nursing in clinical, education and research roles. Ann’s research interests are symptom management, kidney supportive care, self-management and advanced practice nursing roles. Full biography.

1215-1300 Health literacy and development of patient education materials
Kelly Lambert

Kelly is a Senior Lecturer and Academic Program Director for Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Wollongong in New South Wales, Australia. She has more than decades of clinical experience as a renal dietitian. In 2018 she completed her PhD which focused on the impact of health literacy and cognitive impairment on dietary self-management in end stage kidney disease. Full biography.

1300-1400 Lunch | Exhibition Area
Breakout Session B
Dialysis Education | National Ballroom 2
Chairs: Rob MacGinley & Neil Boudville
Improving Uptake & Duration of PD | National Ballroom 1
Chairs: Girish Talaulikar
1400-1420 Remote patient management and monitoring (RPM) technology on PD
Claire Cuesta
Managing transitions PD to HD
Ashik Hayat

Place of urgent start PD
Kamal Sud

1420-1500 Does Pre-dialysis Education Work
Tanya Smolonogov
1500-1530 Afternoon Tea | Exhibition Area
Plenary Five | National Ballroom 2
Making Home Dialysis Safer
Chairs: Anne Maguire & Chris Henrich

1530-1630 Making Home Dialysis Safer
Maree Branagan & Peter Mount
Remote Monitoring
Chair: Ann Bonner & Nadine Tinsley 

1635-1735 The past, present and future of remote monitoring in peritoneal dialysis
Arsh Jain

Dr. Arsh Jain is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine at the London Health Sciences Centre of Western University, London, Ontario, Canada. He received his Medical Degree from the University of Toronto in 2002 and completed post graduate training at Western University.  Dr. Jain completed a CIHR funded research fellowship and Master’s Degree in Clinical Epidemiology in 2010. Full biography.

1735 Sessions Close

Conference Dinner | Members Dining Room, MoAD

It is with great pleasure that the Organising Committee of the 2020 HDC Conference invite you to attend the Conference Dinner in Members’ Dining Room 2 at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Tickets are $98 and include three courses and drinks on arrival. Book during registration or by emailing


Friday 28th February 2020

0730-0800 Arrival Tea and Coffee in the Exhibition
0730-1400 Registration Desk Open | Foyer
  Plenary Six | National Ballroom 2
Chairs: Alice Kennard & Allison Winsbury
0800-0900 The Road Home – Finding our way with home haemodialysis
Jane Nearhos

Jane Nearhos is a Psychologist with over 20 years experience in disability, rehabilitation, mental health, and health care. She has also worked with diabetes care and chronic pain management. Her current role is with the multidisciplinary team providing psychology interventions to renal patients at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane. Her research interests are in the psychological adjustment of people with chronic illness, particularly kidney disease.

  Indigenous Health
Chairs: Helen McFarlane & Franziska Pettit
0905-0950 The Top End Renal Services – New Start Dialysis Transition Program
Jaquelyne Hughes, Onika Paolucci

Dr Jaquelyne Hughes is a Torres Strait Islander woman. Her family come from Mabuiag Island in the near west Torres Strait.  She is a nephrologist at Royal Darwin Hospital and Senior Research Fellow at Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin.  Some of the key and impactful clinical research she has led includes the eGFR Study, focussed on validating the eGFR kidney function test and confirming a rapid progression in loss of kidney function in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and Acute Kidney Injury study- confirming characteristics at incident haemodialysis and survival following incident haemodialysis. Full biography.

0950-1015 Morning Tea | Exhibition Area
Breakout Session C – Research Oral Presentations 
National Ballroom 2
Chair: Kamal Sud & Paul Bennett
National Ballroom 1
Chair: Doris Chan
1015-1035 Associations between diabetes status, sex and peritoneal dialysis clinical outcomes – an Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant registry cohort study
Jenny HC Chen
Quality of life in patients receiving standard and extended hours haemodialysis versus quality of life of their caregivers: a secondary analysis of the Co-ACTIVE sub-study of the ACTIVE dialysis trial
Melissa Nataatmadja
1036-1056 Combined resistance and cardiovascular exercise in peritoneal dialysis patients: A pilot randomized control trial
Paul Bennett
Spreading the word: How renal integration in the Top End has doubled home therapies intake in less than 2 yrs
Amanda Elzini
1057-1117 Home Dialysis perceptions and practices: An international survey
Paul Bennett
A prospective randomised controlled trial of incremental haemodialysis – INCH-HD. Trial protocol
Andrea Viecelli
1118-1138 “We try not to let PD control us”: Patient and Caregiver Perceptions of Empowerment in Managing Peritoneal Dialysis
Karine Manera
Understanding the communication needs of home haemodialysis patients through remote monitoring systems
Mary Ann Nicdao
1139-1159 Acetic acid dressing for pseudomonas exit site infection in peritoneal dialysis patients: Single centre experience
Youn Park
Tunneled Haemodialysis Catheter use in home haemodialysis setting
Jeffrey Wong
1200-1220 Risk predictors of technique failure and mortality in peritoneal dialysis in New Zealand: An analysis of the New Zealand Peritoneal Dialysis Registry Data.
Ashik Hayat
Developing Peritoneal Dialysis in Fiji: The Role of Interventional Nephrology
Sarita Goundar
Breakout Session D 
Supportive Care | National Ballroom 2
Chairs: Helen McFarlane & Peter Mount

Green Nephrology & Water Quality | National Ballroom 1
Chairs: Andrea Viecelli & Allison Winsbury
1225 What are PROMS and why are they relevant to the home dialysis population?
Alice Kennard
Environmental impact of dialysis water use
Jason Wei, Matthew Sypek
1255 Symptom Management in Home Dialysis
Ann Bonner
1310 Water quality
Matthew Lyons

Farewell Lunch & Awards | Exhibition Area

During lunch the committee will present the Best Oral Abstract and Best Poster Abstract Awards 

1430-1700 Exhibition Bump Out


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