Board of Directors

 

The Renal Society of Australasia Ltd (RSA) is governed by the Board of Directors, who are appointed in line with the RSA Constitution.

In 2020-2021, the Board consists of:

Jon Hosking
President

 

RN (Renal), BA (Hons), Dip HE Nursing, Graduate Certificate Renal Nursing

Since the mid-1990s, Jon has worked in a variety of nephrology nursing roles in renal services in the United Kingdom, Australia and in New Zealand but his main area of practice has been dialysis.

Jon’s ongoing passion is clinical leadership - to inspire in others a desire to build happy teams dedicated to high quality patient care and meaningful outcomes.

He has been an active RSA member across many years – as a RSA Branch Chair, a RSA Board Director, RSA Annual Conference Convener, and elected by the Board to RSA Vice-President 2016-2020. He sits on several renal committees, and retains strong links with a nursing research team in Perth, WA in the area of haemodialysis access cannulation and risk classification. He was presented with the RSA Award in 2016. He has become well-networked in the RSA and wider Australian and New Zealand renal community.

Jon now calls New Zealand home, and is currently working as Charge Nurse Manager for Waitematā District Health Board in Auckland’s northern and western region.

Leanne Brown
Vice President

 

BSc, GradCertHMgt, GradDipApplSc(Nsg), GradDipApplSc, GradDipApplSc(Nephrology), MNSc(NP), PhD

Leanne has been working as a renal nurse for 26 years, with the last 9 years as a nephrology nurse practitioner. She works across CKD, Haemodialysis, Transplantation, PD and supportive care.

She has been an active RSA member for the past 15 or so years, has been president of Qld branch and also previously Federal RSA Secretary and is looking forward to being part of an new and exciting growth phase for the RSA.

 

 

Debbie Fortnum
Vice President

 

BSc (Nursing), PGDip, Masters in International Health, RN, Clinical Nurse Manager Joondalup Renal Unit

Debbie initially trained in the UK and has since spent her 30 year+ career in renal with most of that time spent in Perth. During 5 earlier years in Sydney she completed her renal certificate. Her career has since taken her into many education and management positions within HD, HHD and PD. Her most recent studies was Masters in International Health Management which gave her a strong insight into the public health aspect of renal disease, supporting a 5 year role with Kidney Health Australia.

Debbie now works as the CNM for the Joondalup HD unit, is a tutor for the university of Tasmania nephrology course and represents renal nursing on a number of committees. Her passion is to make a difference for renal patients and their families by improving the impact of renal nursing.  

Paul Bennett

 

RN BN MHSM PhD. Director, Medical and Clinical Affairs, Satellite Healthcare, USA

Paul Bennett is Director, Medical & Clinical Affairs at Satellite Healthcare, a US non-profit dialysis provider for over 8000 satellite and home dialysis patients.

Paul is the Chair of the International Society of Nephrology Kidney Health Professionals Working Group (ISN KHPWG), Co-Chair of the Global Renal Exercise Group (GREX), RSA Life Member, RSA Medical and Scientific Committee member, RSA Journal Foundation Editor and Deakin University Honorary Professor. 

 

 

Fiona Donnelly

 

MNSC(NP), Graduate Certificate Renal Nursing, Nephrology Nurse Practitioner - Haemodialysis

Born in Ireland and moved to Australia in 1998, Fiona currently works as a Nephrology Nurse Practitioner for Central and Northern Renal and Transplant Service at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. With 29 years’ experience in renal nursing in the UK, Singapore and Australia, the past 19 years have been predominantly in haemodialysis in multiple roles.

Fiona has been an active member of the RSA since arriving in Australia.  She previously held the position of Branch Chair for the SA/NT Branch for four years. 

Fiona has been on the RSA Board of Directors since 2011, which includes a four-year term from 2016-2020 as the RSA President.
 

Anna Lee

 

MN(NP), MN(Prof Studies), GDip(Ns Management), Renal Cert, RN, Nurse Practitioner, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District

Anna has over 30 years nephrology experience in clinical and management roles and is currently the Nephrology Nurse Practitioner for Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District. 

Anna has been an active member of the RSA for many years - as RSA Branch Secretary and then President, RSA Conference (co convenor) and Workshop Committees and on the RSA Editorial Board.  

Debbie Turner

 

MN, GDipNsg (Renal), DipNsg , Nurse Unit Manager, Lyell McEwin Dialysis Unit (CNARTS). 

With 25 years’ experience in nursing Debbie’s career has been primarily within renal. Her career pathway has included Nurse Unit Manager of satellite and acute in centre dialysis units, project positions as well as Quality Improvement and Risk Management. 

Throughout her renal career Debbie has been an RSA member and has held the roles of committee member and Chairperson for the RSA SA/NT committee as well as Board of Directors since 2016. 

 

Edward Zimbudzi

 

BSc (Hons) Nursing, Master in International Health, PhD, Nurse Unit Manager

Edward has varied renal experience, which spans two continents, multiple health networks and esteemed international and local institutions. He has held roles in administration, clinical research and academia.

Edward received several prestigious national and international awards in recognition of the clinical and scientific impact of his research, which focuses on patient activation, self-management and health-related quality of life among patients with comorbid diabetes and chronic kidney disease. His work has been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals.

Edward has been a member of the RSA since 2008.

Andrew Phillips - external director

 

Vice President of Public Sector and Financial Services at Unisys – New Logo Business

Andrew is a dynamic and innovative leader with a 20 year accomplished career in IT& T. He has highly developed analytical & problem solving skills with a proven track record of delivering innovative business solutions to federal and state governments.

He has focused his leadership skills on driving a disciplined sales methodology, building exceptional teams and ensuring that all members of his team have the equal opportunity to grow and perform at the highest level. He is experienced in leading cross-discipline teams across the Asia Pacific region.