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.
Nicki is a patient partner, physiotherapist, and a PhD candidate at the Sydney School of Public Health, The University of Sydney. In 2014, Nicki commenced dialysis and was fortunate to receive a living donor kidney transplant from her brother. Her research focus is on access to dialysis and transplantation services for rural and remote patients in Australia. Nicki has given several invited presentations, including at the Global Health Policy Forum at The World Congress of Nephrology on “Quality, Sustainability and Equity of Care: a patient’s perspective.” Nicki is also a co-chair of the BEAT-CKD Consumer Advisory Board and is a Steering Group member of the Standardised Outcomes in Nephrology (SONG-GN) initiative, which aims to develop core outcomes for people living with glomerular disease. Most recently Nicki has been chosen as a finalist for the Volunteer of the Year – Individual Award in the 2019 NSW Health Awards. Nicki lives in Armidale NSW where she has founded a kidney support group and loves to grow roses in her spare time.