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. As a coordinating committee member of the global Standardised outcomes in Nephrology (SONG) initiative, she is leading an international collaborative study (VALID) to validate a standardised core outcome measures for vascular access function. Her research focus is in clinical trials, meta-analyses, and qualitative research in patient-important outcomes. She is an academic editor for PLOS ONE and reviewer for several international high-impact journals. She has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles, 5 book chapters and received numerous awards, including a Kidney Health Australia Clinical Science Award and a Young Investigator Award at the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology Annual Scientific Meeting in 2016 and 2017, and two Young Investigator Award at the ERA-EDTA congress in 2017 and 2018, respectively.
Professor Ann Bonner is Director of Research (School of Nursing) and Chronic Conditions Management program leader (IHBI) at Queensland University of Technology. She is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the Kidney Health Service, Metro North Hospital and Health Service where she leads the Renal Nursing Professorial Unit, and a Visiting Scholar at Princess Alexandra and Logan Hospitals. She is a Chief Investigator with two NHMRC funded Centres of Research Excellence, one in Chronic Kidney Disease and the other in End of Life Care, and has attracted over $6 million in competitive research funding. Ann has over 30 years’ experience in nephrology. She has published 200 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and has delivered over 200 peer reviewed conference presentations and invited papers. Ann is recognised nationally and internationally as an expert renal nurse, and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Australian Kidney Trials Network (AKTN), an Associate Editor for the Renal Society of Australasia Journal, Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Renal Care and member of the Scientific Committee for the Renal Society of Australasia.
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.
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. Patient experiences of health care have been characterised in the ME and Kidney Care Study, Indigenous Patient Voices Symposium and Catching Some Air . She is the clinical lead for the New Start Dialysis Transition Clinic, and leads the patient-engagement portfolio in the Top-End Renal Service.
Dr Jason Wei, Senior Clinical Renal Physiologist (CPRB, ANZSRDP) Technical Advisor, Haemodialysis Service, Renal Dept. Auckland City Hospital, ADHB NZ Jason Graduated from Shanghai Second Medical University in 1985 worked in one of teaching hospitals from same medical school from 1985 to 1995 as a resident to nephrologist.
From 1995 to 1997 he Studied at University of Auckland in Physiology then from 1997 to now he has been working as a Certified Clinical Renal Physiologist at Haemodialysis service Renal Dept. Auckland City Hospital, especially is interested in Continue Quality Improvement for haemodialysis, from technical to clinical, he is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Practitioner, an international advisor to Shanghai Quality Control Centre for haemodialysis and a Committee member of World Association of Chinese Nephrologists (WACN) Also Jason, as a Green Nephrology Action Team member from ANZSN, is interested in how to make dialysis greener under this climate crisis situation.
He has been covering from haemodialysis monthly report, renal information system, CVC database, renal Score card since 2002. have been a guest speaker and presenter for National (NZBDP, RSA ,HiNZ and international (ISHD, OCN, AKI-CRRT, Shanghai HD Quality control Training Course and World Integrative Medicine Congress) conferences, regularly doing teaching sessions for clinical physiologists training course from MIT/ ADHB NZ
Dr Peter Mount is clinical lead for the Safer Care Victoria Renal Clinical Network, deputy director of nephrology at Austin Health in Melbourne, and clinical Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne. He has recently completed a review of the Victorian renal Key Performance Indicators, and is working on a project of implementing recommended standards for informed consent for maintenance dialysis. He has broad research interests extending from bench to the bedside, including laboratory science, translational research, and clinical trials. In 2018, Dr Mount helped lead a review of home haemodialysis safety in Victoria, responding a request from the state coroner. He continues to follow up on the recommendations of this review with the Renal Clinical Network.
Maree Branagan is the Project Lead for the Renal Clinical Network at Safer Care Victoria. Maree is working on a project aiming to standardise policies and procedures for home haemodialysis, reducing variation in the delivery of home haemodialysis in Victoria. The Dialysis Home Therapies working group tasked with this was established as an outcome of a Safer Care Victoria Risk analysis workshop on home haemodialysis held in November 2018. Maree was involved in the organization of this workshop, held in response to a recommendation from the Coroner’s Office to review the safety of home haemodialysis. Maree contributed to a recent review of the Safer Care Victoria renal Key Performance Indicators. She is also currently working on the implementation of recommended standards for informed consent for maintenance dialysis.
Coming from a career specialty background as a renal nurse, Josephine Chow is currently the Director Strategy and Partnerships of South Western Sydney Local Health District and manages a team of staff in supporting a large number of innovations, major contracts/tenders and model of care redesign. She is also the Co-Director of the South Western Institute of Renal And Chronic Kidney Disease (SWIRAC) which has completed over 60 large scales international multicentre randomized controlled trials in the broad area of cardiovascular disease, in which has established and validated its effectiveness and proven management as an excellent clinical research centre.
She is the Co-Principal Investigator for the TEACH-PD Trial. Josephine holds senior executive positions and portfolio in NSW Health which has influenced government policy and clinical practice through roles on State Clinical Networks (Chair and/or members), Primary Healthcare Network Board (member), the HOME Network (Foundation Chair). Josephine was the inaugural Executive Director, Operation for the Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research & Enterprise (SPHERE) in 2015-2017 and supported the submissions for recognition by NHMRC as an Advanced Health Research and Translation Centre. She is the Program Lead for the NSW Health Leading Better Value Care Initiatives. Her translational research and implementation work have had major impacts on policy and clinical practice in many areas.
Josephine also contributes to academic activities with the number of publications in local and international journal, serves in a number of Editorial Boards and has supervised a number of post graduate and PhD students in nursing, psychology and management degree.
She completed her PhD, Master of Business Administration, Diploma of Project Management, Diploma of Government. In 2012, Josephine was awarded the prestigious Winston Churchill Fellowship and travelled oversea to investigate strategies for improving the uptake of home-based dialysis therapies. Her research interests include home dialysis, end of life management, renal supportive care, model of care, telehealth and integrated care.
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. He was instrumental in developing interventional nephrology and served as a founding Chair of Australia New Zealand society of Interventional nephrology from 2006-2008. He is formally recognised by the conjoint committee of peripheral endovascular therapy ( RACS). He has contributed to peer reviewed journals and book chapter on dialysis access procedures. DR Mantha has been an invited speaker at National and International conferences on interventional nephrology. He has served as a Counsellor on Australia New Zealand society of nephrology (2011-2014),Coordinator of nephrology advanced trainee on Advance training committee (2013-2018) ;A Senior National Panel of examiners of the Royal Australian college of Physicians (2007- current).
Neale Roberts is the Manager of Spiritual Support Services for Canberra Health Services. His coordinates pastoral and spiritual care to patients in the hospital with a team of over 60 volunteers and paid staff. He also provides welfare support to staff in the hospital.
Neale is the Deputy Chair of the Clinical Ethics Committee of the Canberra Hospital and for the past five years has been a member of the Human Research Ethics Committee of the Canberra Hospital. He has a special interest in ethical issues at the end of life and was a participant in the Third International Conference on End of Life Law, Ethics, Policy and Practice in Gent Belgium in March 2019.
Neale has also held the position of AFP Chaplain working with deployed officers to Solomon Islands, East Timor and Christmas Island. He also worked with abuse victims on the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce in 2012-13. He was Chaplain to the ACT Ambulance Service for five years from 2003.