HDC 2020 Program Topics

The conference program will focus on, but will not be restricted to, the following topics:

  • Home dialysis research
  • Motivational interviewing to breakdown psychological barriers to home dialysis
  • Ethical issues in home dialysis
  • Innovative models of care to increase uptake
  • New technologies in home dialysis
  • Government policy
  • Managing conflicts of interest
  • Greener dialysis.

To submit an abstract for the program click here.

The program overview below is provisional and will be updated as planning proceeds. Please check this page regularly.

Wednesday 26th February 2020

0600-1100 Exhibition Build | National Ballroom 3
1100-1400 Exhibition Bump In | National Ballroom 3
1100 Conference Registration Open | Foyer
  Opening Plenary 1 | National Ballroom 2
Chair: Richard Singer

1230-1300 Welcome to Country | Fred Monahan
Opening Address | Hon Rachel Stephen-Smith MP
Welcome Address | Richard Singer, Chair Local Organising Committee & Aron Chakera, Chair Dialysis Advisory Committee
1300-1400 Patient & Carers Views Panel (a series of talks by patients and carers)
Panellists: Christine Le Grand, Guy Higgins, Peter Marshall, Kay Kellie, Bill Handke, Fred Monahan, Jeff Smith, Nicole (Nicki) Scholes-Robertson

Generously supported by Baxter Healthcare

1400-1430 Afternoon Tea | Exhibition Area, National Ballroom 3
Plenary 2: Home First | National Ballroom 2
1430-1600 Ethical considerations with Home First
1600-1605 Move to breakout sessions
Breakout Session A
Research | National Ballroom 1 Policy Talks | National Ballroom 2

Current and future research ideas in home dialysis

Teach PD study
Josephine Chow

Territory policy
Michael Culhane

Federal Policy
Kerrie Waide

Funding models to increase uptake of home dialysis and avoid dis-incentives for transplantation


Welcome Reception | National Ballroom 3

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 4

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

Click here for more information.  Bookings can be made during the registration process or by emailing mail@conferencedesign.com.au. 

0730 Registration Desk Open
Plenary 3: Home Network Initiative | National Ballroom 2
0800-0850 10 years of the Home Network: Lessons learned
Josephine Chow
  Vascular Access | National Ballroom 2
0900-0950 Vascular access models of care
Dr 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.

0950-1020 Morning Tea | Exhibition Area, National Ballroom 3
Plenary 4: New Technology | National Ballroom 2
1020-1050 New Technology and remote monitoring to help improve home dialysis
1050-1055 Move to breakout sessions
Breakout Session C
Interventional Nephrology to Facilitate Home Dialysis | National Ballroom 1
Improving Uptake & Duration of PD | National Ballroom 2
1055-1225 Cairns PD insertion and vascular
Murthy Mantha

Murthy Mantha

Does Pre-dialysis Education Work
Tanya Smolonogov

Place of urgent start PD

Managing transitions PD to HD

Teaching PD in the home

Doing PD in the nursing home

1225-1325 Lunch | Exhibition Area, National Ballroom 3
Plenary 5: Health Literacy | National Ballroom 2
1325-1410 Health literacy in renal.  Overcoming non-adherence
Professor 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.

1410-1455 Health literacy and development of patient education materials
Kelly Lambert
1455-1525 Afternoon Tea | Exhibition Area, National Ballroom 3
Plenary 6: Making Home Dialysis Safer | National Ballroom 2
1525-1625 Making Home Dialysis Safer
1630-1730 Awards Oral Session – Best 5 Abstracts
1730 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 mail@conferencedesign.com.au.

Friday 28th February 2020

0730 Registration Desk Open
  Plenary 7: Psychology | National Ballroom 2
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 | National Ballroom 2
0905-1030 The Top End Renal Services – New Start Dialysis Transition Program
Dr Jaquelyne Hughes

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.

1030-1100 Morning Tea | Exhibition Area, National Ballroom 3
Breakout Session D 
Supportive Care| National Ballroom 1
Green Nephrology & Water Quality | National Ballroom 2
1100-1215 Nomenclature supportive care, palliative care, PROMS/PREMS Home Dialysis vs Non-Home setting
Alice Kennard

Symptom Management in Home Dialysis
Professor Ann Bonner, PhD, MA, BAppSc, Renal Cert, RN,  MACN

Incorporating Patient related outcome measures into research

Green Nephrology
Jason Wei, Amanda Biddle

Water filtration
Matthew Lyons

1215-1220 Move to plenary session
Plenary 8: Research | National Ballroom 2
1220-1240 Awards Ceremony
1240-1300 Close | Aron Chakera, Chair Dialysis Advisory Committee
1300-1400 Farewell Lunch | Exhibition Area, National Ballroom 3
1400-1700 Exhibition Bump Out


The ASM is hosted by Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology.

The aims of the Society are to promote and support the study of the kidney and urinary tract in health and disease, and to ensure the highest professional standards for the practice of nephrology in Australia and New Zealand.

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