RSA eNews - CommuniquePlus November 2020


Message from the President


Hello everyone,

With Hallowe’en, Melbourne Cup and Guy Fawkes Night now all behind us, our calendars are telling us it’s full steam ahead to the end of the year. And I know many people will be feeling rather relieved to reach the end of December 2020, a year that has thrown much of what we consider normal on its head.

Through these strange times the RSA continues to deliver access to quality education for our members! Taking the place of our usual face-to-face events, the RSA Virtual Symposia Series is presently in full swing via Zoom webcasting: with over 1500 registrations for the seven events taking place this fortnight across Australia and New Zealand we are reaching more members than ever before through this online program. It is fantastic that the RSA can bring renal-related education directly to members’ home or work devices in real time. An enormous thank you to all those branch committees, hosts, presenters and the RSA Education Team who have made this RSA first such a valuable event, and for contributing positively to our society’s flexible approach to delivering education.

On top of that, we are launching the new WCEA eLearning platform this fortnight too, which we think will provide even more valuable opportunities for RSA members to keep themselves professionally up-to-date, inspired and connected – all in a user-friendly and engaging way. If you have never checked out the WCEA Platform, now would be a great time to do just that! Keep an eye on your email inbox for more information.

Until next time..

Jon Hosking

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2020 RSA Branch Virtual Symposia Series - REGISTRATION STILL OPEN

Its not too late - Registrations are still being taken for the QLD and VIC events!


Wednesday, 11 November

Branch:  Queensland
Time:  4.00pm - 6.00pm AEST
Theme:  Go with the Flo

  • Outreach Renal Transplant Workshops for First Nations People of Queensland | Garry Torrrens
  • Assessment of Cognition | Pauline Nicholas
  • Bringing Care to the Communities: An Innovative Approach for the Next Decade | Jillian Day


Thursday, 12 November
Branch:  Victoria
Time:  4.00pm - 6.00pm AEDT
Theme:  Moving Forward

  • Renal and COVID-19 - the RMH Experience | Maria Safe
  • Big Red Kidney Bus & COVID-19 | Jane Crossett
  • Australian Clinical Workforce - Renal Physiology |Kristen Schuck
  • A Case of Severe Acute Kidney Injury | Dr Dan Tran
  • A Recent Patient Experience | Michael Rojales
  • Interdialytic Weight Gain in Haemodialysis & Christmas | Dr Edward Zimbudzi

More information...

RSA Branch Virtual Symposia Series - Another RSA Member Benefit


RSA News

A special thank you...

Below is Felicite Nderagakura's story.  Felicite is a recipient of the University of Tasmania (UTas) and the Renal Society of Australasia (RSA) postgraduate nursing study scholarship.   This scholarship offers students a percentage reduction on their HECS fees.

2020 has been a year like no other for Australia and the world at large. The presence of COVID-19 has enabled us to reassess those things that are precious and live life more intentionally. For my household, we welcomed our first child, and I graduated from The University of Tasmania with a Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Renal Specialisation). This was made possible by the generous availability of scholarships offered by the Renal Society of Australasia. As a Registered Nurse working in rural Australia, this qualification is invaluable, and I am grateful to have been given this opportunity to further my education at a time when the world seemed to have stood still.

I first encountered renal patients as a new nurse working in a medical ward in North West Queensland. Their presenting and underlying conditions intrigued me to seek an opportunity to work with them. Two years later, I was offered a position in the haemodialysis unit, and I have not looked back. The relationships formed with patients and their families is second to none, and possessing a specialised qualification enables for the provision of up to date, evidence-based care to renal patients in the North West.

To the Renal Society of Australasia, thank you for supporting my journey to empowerment. I am now a confident, knowledgeable and equipped Renal Nurse ready to provide care that is specific and inclusive.

Scholarship information...


University of Tasmania - Postgraduate Nursing Information Webinar

CommuniquePlus readers are invited to join UTas Postgraduate Nursing experts for an information webinar, where you will have the opportunity to ask questions about their online study options.  

This webinar will cover the application process, the necessary supporting documents you will need and course structure, as well as including opportunitites to ask questions.

More information...


RSA 2019-2020 Annual Report 

Available here...


Key Stakeholder Partner Updates

The competition is heating up! 

The Kidney Health Red Socks Appeal has begun and the kidney community have pulled their socks up to help raise vital funds for kidney disease. Winners of last year’s Big Red Kidney Walk Shield, Epworth Eastern Renal Unit, have once again out done themselves already raising over $2,700! We want to maintain the competitive spirit from last year’s Walk, so the Big Red Kidney Walk Shield is up for grabs during the Red Sock Appeal. Can you win the Shield for your unit?

Your renal unit can still get involved! Simply register to host a Kidney Health Red Sock event at your renal unit here and start fundraising - you have until November 30 to host your event and fundraise. 

Learn more here...


Please take a moment....   Please read the advertisement below from Philips another wonderful RSA industry supporter.


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WCEA Latest News

I am very pleased to advise all CommuniquePlus readers that RSA online educational material has now been moved to the new mobile friendly WCEA platform.

All RSA members should receive/have received an email this week, from WCEA providing access instructions for the new version of the platform.   Look out for your email!

Resources available include:

  • Interactive online learning packages (1-5 CPD hours each)
  • The journal club (1 CPD hour each)
  • Webinars (1 CPD hour each); and
  • Podcasts (0.5 CPD hours). 

If you have an education topic suggestion and would like to volunteer to present a webinar or other format on this topic, then we want to hear from you!   Please contact the office and tell us about your suggestion.

Warm regards

Debbie Fortnum
RSA Vice President Education/Member Engagement




CARI Guidelines Update

The 2019 KHA-CARI Guidelines Annual Report is available here


Call for Expressions Interest

Expressions of Interest are currently being sought from individuals wishing to become an active member of the CARI Guidelines Steering Committee.

More information...



This month I would like to remind all RSA members about the new webinars and publications available on   Its well worth taking a look!

Please do not hesitate to contact me to obtain more information regarding EDTNA/ERCA or to share your green dialysis initiatives.

With best regards

Lynn Brown
EDTNA/ERCA Brand Ambassador for Australia and New Zealand.

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GREX Virtual Symposium

The Global Renal Exercise Network is a network of over 200 nephrologists, nurses, exercise professionals, patients, psychologists, scientists and social workers who foster research & innovation across multiple disciplines to develop strategies to increase physical activity and improve health outcomes for people with Chronic Kidney Disease.

The Global Renal Exercise Network will be hosting a Virtual Symposium with the theme of "Novel Approaches to Exercise for People with CKD", on Thursday, 10 December 2020 from 8:00pm (GMT). 

More information here...


Ful program and poster listing now available!


Poster listing...

Register here...


Kidney Supportive Care Symposium - SAVE THE DATE!

The 2021 Kidney Supportive Care Symposium will be an opportunity to hear from leading international and local speakers on the latest in Kidney Supportive Care. This Symposium is targeted at renal and palliative care clinicians across all disciplines, academics, and consumers. This symposium is a blended event and can be attended in person or on-line.

Date:  Friday,12 March 2021

More information...


Genitourinary Cancer Research Review Issue 4

Available here...


Nephrology Research Review Issue 46

Available here...


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