QLD Branch



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Branch Chair:
Kimberley Withers

Hayley Dickfos

Treasurer &
Sponsorship Officer:

Robyn Rogers

Branch Committee:
Jenny Best
Veronica Oliver

Expressions of interest to join the Committee are welcome


Forthcoming Events

In addition to the Annual Conference, education and networking events are scheduled locally by the QLD Branch each year.   A diverse range of presentations is provided, with many attributing CPD hours to attendees.  To view the latest events, please visit our calendar of events.


Past Events & News

QLD Branch Annual Symposium November 2019

QLD Branch Annual Symposium Photos - November 2016


QLD Video Conference - May 2016

"Psychological needs of the renal patient" Presented by Jane Nearhos and "Exploring the views of patients and renal nurses towards the design of a yoga program for haemodialysis related fatigue" Presented by Kylie Barr

Please see below links to the presentations.

Exploring the views of patients and renal nurses towards the design of a yoga program for haemodialysis related fatigue- Kylie Barr

Psychological needs of the renal patient - Jane Nearhos


QLD Video Conference - February 2016

"Compassion Literacy" Presented by Letitia Burridge & Margaret Kay

Please see below links to the presentation for the video conference "Compassion Literacy"

Compassion Literacy Presentation

Compassion Literacy Exercise

Compassion Literacy Further Resources


QLD Symposium - November 2015

The program was well received and surveyed well with delegates with over 95% delegates stating the day met their educational expectations. Over 85% felt the learnings could be applied to their current role. The venue was more than acceptable and catering satisfactory. Dr Sheila Cook’s presentation was rated as the best presentation with Dr Andrew Mallet coming in second.

Speakers and topics were:

  • Madison Kuilboer – Vascular access CN from Rockhampton. Breakfast session ‘Argyle Fistula Cannula: changing from metal to plastic’ Wonderful to have a young dynamic renal nurse present on this quality improvement fostering nurses and patients in the use of plastic cannulas.
  • Dr Alan Parnham – Access in the Elderly.Good data presented.
  • Dr Andrew Mallett – Renal Genetics. Fascinating presentation in this growth area. Wonderful to see patients and families being helped in understanding and treatment of their genetic kidney disease.
  • Peta-Anne Paul-Brent & Alicia Morrish– Nurse-Led Research in Clinical Trials. Two presentations encouraging nursing involvement in renal research.
  • NP Veronica Oliver – Post Dialysis Fatigue. Veronica outlined the process of auditing under the guidance of JBI after receiving an RSA/Amgen JBI research grant. 
  • NP David McIntyre – How frequent is frequent? Monitoring for Intradialytic Hypotension. David presented his data from auditing practices across Metro North dialysis units.  
  • Dr Sheila Cook – Sleep Quality. Sheila gave a fascinating talk about the importance sleep and its metabolic impact with over-consumption of carbohydrates and weight gain being caused by sleep deprivation. 
  • Dr Craig Hukins – OSA and CKD and sleep studies. A fascinating talk to follow on from sleep quality was a talk about the process of sleep studies, data and treatment.
  • Professor Ann Bonner – CKD Centre of Research Excellence. Ann presented data on CKD prevelance.
  • Amber Williamson – Working together to prevent Chronic Kidney Disease.

At the close of the day Yvonne and Debra were invited to the stage to receive a small gift and thanks for their support of the RSA Qld branch. Yvonne had been on the committee for 6 years helping with our education events, program development and previously, coordination and preparation of our branch newsletter. Debra had been on the committee for 2 years as treasurer and this has been a busy time with transitioning accounts and providing much additional details so that the accounts could be reconciled. Debra has also been the coordinator chasing up our sponsorship, maintaining our trade sponsor contact details and has worked very efficiently even when she moved back to Brisbane and once again left the renal fold.