Abstracts for the 2019 RSA federal conference are now open and will close on February 20th 2019. The theme of the conference is 'Asking the Hard Questions' and will be held from June 27-29 in Auckland. Submitting an abstract for a poster or oral presentation is a great opportunity to showcase quality projects and initiatives from your area, and help you develop your presentation and public speaking skills to a like-minded audience. For more details and submission guidelines please see the RSA website.
Earlybird registrations are available at a discount for RSA members until April 17th, register through the RSA website.
November was a huge month for NZASRDP!
On Friday 2nd of November NZASRDP, in conjunction with Royal Melbourne Hospital Kidney Care Service, held an education evening and professional society launch in Melbourne. The first invited speaker was Ellen Flint (Executive Director of People and Culture) who presented education and ran a workshop on Effective Workplace Relationships. We then had Professor Steve Holt (Director of Nephrology) review the pathology of Hepatitis B and discuss the new CARI Guidelines around the management of patients. Kristen and Fredric both spoke of the Australian launch of NZASRDP, providing some background information and what we hope to achieve together in the near future.
The NZASRDP Annual General Meeting was held on Friday 23rd November at the Novotel, Ellerslie, and videoconferenced to Melbourne. Balaji hosted the meeting as the new NZASRDP Board Chairman, after Fredric stepped down from the position. Fredric's term as Board member had also concluded and he has been renominated and ratified to sit for another term. The Board also welcomed Shaiju's renomination for another term, and new Board member Yardly Celestine was ratified to replace outgoing member Ameen Abubacker. Thank you for your time on the Board Ameen! It was announced that Professor Steve Holt will be joining the Board as Australian nephrologist representative.
Other AGM business included updates on NZASRDP, CPRB, MIT, NRAB, finance and roadshows, the minutes have been circulated via email.
The Board were happy to annouce the inaugural recipient of the Dave Lilley Memorial Scholarship as Rajeev Kumar. Dave's family were in attendance to present the award to Rajeev, who asked for a minute of silence to remember Dave and thanked his family as he accepted the scholarship. Congratulations Rajeev! The Dave Lilley Memorial Scholarhip is an annual award of which all NZASRDP financial members are eligible to apply. More information and the application form can be found here.
The AGM was followed by an education evening sponsored by Nipro; many thanks to Guy Shead for his assistance. We were fortunate to have several members speak at the evening which included the following topics:
An award was presented to Fredric Doss, outgoing NZASRDP Board Chairman in recognition of his tireless contribution to the development and promotion of our workforce. We thank Fredric for all his hard work and wish Balaji well as he steps into the role of Chairman.
MIT hosted a second renal pharmacology short course on Saturday 24th November after the success of the course the previous year. Many thanks to all the speakers, facilitators and all those who assisted to once again make this day a great success.
We have a lot to look forward to in 2019. NZASRDP will be launching a journal club via the website early in the year, more details will follow shortly. We have also planned our event dates for the year which will include an education evening in Melbourne on Friday 3rd May and the AGM and education evening in Auckland on Friday 22nd November. Details of these events will be announced closer to the days on the events page, but please save the dates.
Thank you to all who have contributed to the success of NZASRDP across 2018. Together we have established international status as an incorporated professional society and welcomed our new Australian members. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season and look forward to our continued progress in 2019.
The Treatment of Kidney Failure in New Zealand book is now available for free through the Kidney Health New Zealand website.
Please send your RSVP for the education evening/AGM to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are also looking for expressions of interest to provide a poster or short oral presentation, please email email@example.com. For further details, see the events page.
An email was sent out to all members detailing the application process for the Renal Pharmacolgy short course. The course starts on Monday 29th October, please complete your application as soon as possible.
Please see the events page for updated details for the remainder of 2018.
The Treatment of Kidney Failure in New Zealand
Authors: Kelvin L Lynn, Adrian L Buttimore, Peter J Hatfield, Martin R Wallace
This book tells of the history of the treatment of people with kidney failure in New Zealand; beginning in the early 1950s this story encompasses remarkable experiences of patients and their families, and contributions made by dedicated health professionals. It also reveals the challenges and ethics of meeting an ever-increasing deamnd for treatment.
Dr Kelvin Lynn and his fellow editors tell us about the contribution of doctors, nurses, technicians and patients and their families to the story of kidney treatment in New Zealand. Social and political changes in our country since the 1950s have critically influenced the development of treatment services for New Zealanders with kidney failure. The improvements in technology and community expectations regarding access to treatment over the past 50 years are discussed as well as the issues for patients and families coming to terms with kidney failure and its treatment.
This story is illustrated with many anecdotes and historical photographs.
This book is available free of charge from the Kidney Health New Zealand website from the 16th of October 2018.
Save the dates for NZASRDP events for the remainder of 2018!!!
Please note that the AGM and education evenings are open to all members and you are encouraged to attend.
Congratulations to new board members Sreeni Sharma (WDHB) and Rajeev Kumar (ADHB).
The 2018 RSA Conference was held in Adelaide last week. The event was a huge success with many renal health care professionals in attendance.
We were lucky enough to listen to keynote speaker Dr Gill Hicks who was injured in the London bombings in 2005. Gill's story was thought provoking, emotive and powerful. As well as the numerous invited speakers there were many individuals who had submitted abstracts for posters and presentations, 6 intensive workshops and a tour of the brand new $2.3 billion Royal Adelaide Hospital.
The federal RSA conference for 2019 will be held in Auckland, June 27-29.
Welcome to the New Zealand and Australia Society of Renal Dialysis Practice Inc. website! We are still working on some elements but please have a look around as there are some exciting new functions. We will be keeping the website updated with all the latest news, CPD opportunities, and information important to our workforce, so please check back regularly.
It has been a very exciting year for the society. After member vote, a lot of work has gone into our change from NZBDP to NZASRDP. We officially changed our name in December 2017 and we now welcome our new members from Australia. Together we can strive to continue moving forwards in improving the care and lives of renal patients.
Applications for the Dave Lilley Memorial Education Scholarship close at the end of June. All financial members are eligible to apply for this annual scholarship of up to $1000NZD to be put towards professional educational opportunities. See the Scholarships/Grants section of the website under Training & Registration for further details.
Please remember that as the end of the financial year approaches, annual fees are nearly due. Keep you eyes on the website for details of how to pay 2018/19 fees.
We hope to see many of you at the RSA federal conference in Adelaide on June 21-23. As well as a good opportunity for CPD, the conference provides great networking and a lot of fun!