WA Branch



Email the WA Branch

Branch Chair:
Jeff McMullen


Treasurer /
Sponsorship Officer:


Education /
Networking Officer:

Paulo Mapa

Conrado Betarmos
Kim Tracey

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 WA 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

WA Branch Symposium "Changing Climate : Meeting the Challenge"

Held 12 August 2017 at the Parmelia Hilton

100 nurses, 7 speakers and 5 trade joined the annual WA symposium.  From 8am the vibe in the room was infectious as everyone caught up with their long-time colleagues and met new colleagues. 

Ben Bull started the day off with a great presentation on falls and exercise and we all got to check our muscle strength.  Our only nurse speaker accepted by abstract this year Ulli, enthralled us all with his novel work on nurse-led ultrasound to evaluate fluid status. Morning tea was noisy and trade reckon they have never been so busy. Our thanks go to Amgen, Diaverum, Fresenius Medical Care, Sanofi, Roche, Baxter and Western Biomedical.

Diabetes by Dr Mark Thomas was the first topic after morning tea and thoroughly enjoyed. Then managing stress was covered by Mark Olsen before time for more food and trade!!  The afternoon was kicked off by a very thought provoking look by Marianne Wood at the entire life of indigenous populations and when we need to act to keep kidneys healthy – at all times!!! Jane York then covered every aspect of anaemia very professionally. Our final speakers included Michelle Waugh inspiring us about the national RSA conference and Lois Johnston updating us on WA country health and how they are doing a great job in panning for where CKD hotspots will be in the future.

Table prizes, speaker prizes and awarding Lois WA nurse of the year provided a lovely wind up to the day with a number of us adjourning to the bar downstairs for a celebratory glass of wine.

A huge thanks to the committee Lois Johnston, Michelle Waugh, Deanne Zyla, Nicky Rowland and John Yung for all of their hard work and making this day successful.

Debbie Fortnum, resigning WA chair.

Here are some photos from the day. They reflect the huge buzz there was in the room due to the great job done by the committee.


  Committee member, Michelle & Dr Mark Thomas


                        Olive (Door prize winner), Lois Johnson
(WA Nurse of the year) & Debbie Fortnum
                             (Retiring WA Chair)                                     


Lois presenting flowers to Dr Marianne Wood


             Delegates, Olive & Vivien




WA Branch "Peritoneal Dialysis Study Day" - Monday 31 October 2016, Fiona Stanley Hospital

We had 27 attendees (3 dieticians), representing the 3 major hospitals, satellite haemodialysis units and country units. This was a very interactive day.

Sandra presented an overview of peritoneal dialysis (PD) including PD access. PD catheters were passed around for everyone to have a look and a feel. The PD exit site chart was also used to demonstrate how different PD exit sites can look. After morning tea, Dr Susie Hewitt gave a very interesting talk on the physiology of PD.

Gina gave everyone an insight into how PD patients are managed and cared for in the community.  Gina gave many true life examples which added to the engagement of the attendees, questions and lots of discussion was generated.

Over lunch, Eleanor (Amgen) networked with the attendees chatting and handing out information and importantly some lollies.  There was lots of mingling and chat over an enjoyable lunch.

Viki opened the afternoon sessions with infectious complications of PD, The WA PD policies and procedures were presented and passed around.

The attendees were then asked to get into small groups to brain storm the possible non-infectious complications of PD. Sandra gave a presentation to see what had not been thought of; this was interactive and created lots of discussion; Finally ANZ data, CARI/KHA guidelines and International Society of PD guidelines were discussed.

The final presentation of the day was given by Michelle, who did a great “What the RSA can do” for you session.

The final evaluation was done and some of the comments were:-

  • Now feel better equipped to talk to patients about PD
  • Didn’t realise how much the patients have to do for themselves
  • Patients on dialysis have so  much to deal with there should be a psychologist available for support
  • Would be good to get a network for PD up and running
  • Good to share experiences
  • Great to hear how the patients are managed in the community
  • Interesting to know more about the patient training
  • Need to look at how we can increase the education for patients prior to starting dialysis
  • 2 attendees stated that they would now join the RSA

Congratulations to Sandra and Michelle who ran this amazing day and thank you to all presenters and to our sponsors Amgen. 

WA Symposium "Cultivating New Growth and Ideas" - Saturday 20 August 2016

The WA branch would like to thank all the participants who attended the WA symposium on Saturday 20th August. 100 renal nurses and 9 trade shared a fabulous day with speakers that matched the national conference. Special congratulations go to Casey Light who won the best nurses speaker with her presentation “Cholecalciferol (Vit D) Therapy for Low Serum Vit D Levels (LSVDL) in Haemodialysis (HD) over 52 weeks”. Thank you to all other guest speakers and nurse presenters who did an amazing job and all provided us with many useful things to take back to our workplaces. A number of their talks will be made available by podcast in the future.

Thank you also to the trade for both the financial support and physical presence.  

The final thank you goes to my amazing committee, some of who were at the venue at 615am to prep for the day. Above and beyond but it was all worth it!!

The buzz in the venue was amazing and our biggest issue for the day was getting everyone back into the room and away from their networking. We also reintroduced happy hour which allowed us to wind down over a preferred beverage and reflect on the day.



RSA WA Anaemia Education Day - 20 November 2015

What an informative day we had in WA at our final study day of the year, 20 November at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, QEII Health Campus.

The topic was Anaemia in CKD.

Thank you to our sponsors for the day Amgen and Sanofi.  As the focus of the day was on anaemia Amgen were the main sponsors, Amgen provided the course packs as well as morning tea and lunch, plus other valuable resources.

Thank you to our speakers:

Linda Campbell - Clinical Nurse Consultant Patient Blood Management, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth

Jane York – Nephrology Nurse Practitioner, Royal Perth Hospital

Dr Doris Chan – Renal Physician and Haemodialysis Lead Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and Midland Physician Services

Linda’s very informative talk covered how to prevent the need for blood transfusions, the quality and safety needs of transfusion medicine.

Some key points were:-

  • the amount of blood that is taken for blood samples asking the question are all these samples really necessary?

  • the cost of a blood transfusion from the organisation of the donation to the recipient

  • oral iron medication the good and the not so good preparations 

Jane presented the Amgen Anaemia Education modules which as an educational resource for facilitated or self-directed learning has been endorsed by the Royal College of Nursing Australia thus providing 2 Continuing Professional Development points. These modules covered the following key points:-

  • Fundamentals of Renal Anaemia: Epidemiology, Diagnosis and Clinical Manifestations

  • Clinical Practice Guidelines, Treatment Strategies and Patient Benefits

Doris took the attendees to another level questioning and discussing what we are doing in regards to anaemia management for patients with CKD.  Some key points from Doris’s talk were:-

  • iron transport

  • the role of hepcidin

  • pharmacotherapy – iron and ESA’s

  • emerging therapies

Each speaker made the day interactive and informative, there were plenty of questions. 

What were the main points that attendees took away from the day?

  • The process of collecting, organising and delivering a blood transfusion. Most interesting was the total cost of a blood transfusion.

  • How to monitor and adjust the ESA dose.

  • Iron preparations and iron dosing.

  • The role of hepcidin.

  • Emerging therapies.

So watch this space and you may well hear some ground breaking news.