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

Wednesday 26th February 2020

1100-1400 Exhibition Bump In | National Ballroom 3
1100-2000 Parenting Room Open | Boardroom 1
1100-1800 Conference Registration Open | Foyer
  Opening Plenary One
  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 Voices: A series of talks by patients and carers | Chair: Julie Voutos
Patient Panel: 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
Plenary Two: Ethical Considerations with Home First
National Ballroom 2 | Chair: Richard Singer
1430-1450 Cost reimbursement variation
Rosie Simmonds
1450-1505 Cost as a barrier to uptake of home dialysis
Nicki Scholes-Robertson
1505-1525 A patient 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: Christine Le Grand, Guy Higgins, Peter Marshall, Kay Kellie, Bill Handke, Fred Monahan, Jeff Smith, Nicole (Nicki) Scholes-Robertson
1600-1605 Move to breakout sessions
Breakout Session A
Policy Talks | National Ballroom 2 Research | National Ballroom 1
1605-1630 Territory policy goals
Michael Culhane


Teach PD study
Josephine Chow

1630-1640 Federal Policy
Kerrie Waide
1640-1705 Overcoming Disincentives for the private physician
Gavin Carney
Including PREMS and PROMs in Home Dialysis Research
Rachael Morton
1705-1730 Physician view on achievable funding models to increase uptake of home dialysis and avoid dis-incentives for transplantation
Neil Boudville
1730-1745 Panel Discussion

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

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 breakfast.  Bookings can be made during the registration process or by emailing   

0700-1800 Parenting Room Open | Boardroom 1
0730-1700 Registration Desk Open
Plenary Three: Home Network Initiative
National Ballroom 2 | Chairs: Alyson Calvin & Julie Voutos
0830-0850 The Home Network Initiative
Josephine Chow, Melinda Tomlins
0850-0920 Home Network Initiative Panel
  Plenary Three: Vascular Access
0920-1010 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.

1010-1040 Morning Tea | Exhibition Area
Plenary Four: Interventional Nephrology
National Ballroom 2 | Chair: Krishna Karpe
1040-1120 Fistula maintenance and physician peritoneal dialysis access placement
Murthi Mantha
Plenary Four: Health Literacy
1120-1205 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.

1205-1250 Health literacy and development of patient education materials
Kelly Lambert
1250-1350 Lunch | Exhibition Area
Plenary Five: Improving Uptake & Duration of PD
National Ballroom 2
1350-1420 Managing transitions PD to HD
Ashik Hayat
1420-1450 Place of urgent start PD
Kamal Sud
1450-1505 Teaching PD in the home
Jane Creighton
1505-1520 Doing PD in the nursing home
Robyn Facchini
1520-1550 Afternoon Tea | Exhibition Area
Plenary Six: Making Home Dialysis Safer
National Ballroom 2
1550-1650 Making Home Dialysis Safer
Maree Branagan, Project Lead, Renal Clinical Network, Safer Care Victoria & A/Professor Peter Mount, Nephrologist, Austin Health
Plenary Six: Education
1650-1720 Does Pre-dialysis Education Work
Tanya Smolonogov
1720 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

0700-1400 Parenting Room Open | Boardroom 1
0730-1400 Registration Desk Open
  Plenary Seven: 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.

  Plenary Seven: Indigenous Health
0905-0950 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.

0950-1015 Morning Tea | Exhibition Area
Breakout Session B – Research Oral Presentations 
National Ballroom 2 National Ballroom 1
Breakout Session C 
Supportive Care | National Ballroom 2
Green Nephrology & Water Quality | National Ballroom 1
1215-1245 Nomenclature supportive care, palliative care, PROMS/PREMS Home Dialysis vs Non-Home setting
Alice Kennard
Green Nephrology
Jason Wei, Amanda Biddle,Matthew Sypek

Water quality
Matthew Lyons

1245-1315 Symptom Management in Home Dialysis
Professor Ann Bonner
1315-1400 Farewell Lunch | Exhibition Area
1400-1700 Exhibition Bump Out


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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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