RSA eNews - CommuniquePlus October 2019


 Message from the President

In this issue of CommuniquePlus we turn the spotlight on our October/November educational offerings; two (2) RSA Branch Symposia, two (2) Vascular Access Workshops, two (2) Anaemia Management in Chronic Kidney Disease Workshops and a webinar.   What a wonderful opportunity for you to increase your CPD hours and build upon your professional development.   More information regarding these workshops can be found here

We have more 2019 RSA Annual Conference funding recipient reports for you to peruse at your leisure. They are available here

Congratulations to all those readers who participated in the recent Kidney Health 2019 Big Red Kidney Walk. Your small steps had an enormous impact;  a sea of red around Australia, raising awareness and generating more than $300,000 of vital funds to fight kidney disease.

View Big Red Kidney Walk pictures here.

Bon appetit...

Fiona Donnelly

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SAVE THE DATE - 25-27 June 2020 - RSA Annual Conference

The 2020 RSA Annual Conference themed "Unite and Ignite Renal Care:  The Next Decade" is Melbourne bound!   

Dates are agreed 25-27 June, the venue is booked and planning of the program has commenced with renowned speakers confirmed to present on a range of topics including:  

  • What is on the horizons for renal care?
  • Is this the time to translate evidence into clinical practice?
  • Inter-professional collaboration in renal care
  • Innovation to improve the lives of people with kidney disease
  • Self-care for carers of people living with kidney disease 
  • Challenges in renal care and opportunities for improvement
  • Consumer engagement

Knowledge is advanced only when it is shared. In this regard you are encourage to consider submitting an oral or poster presentation.

Important Dates:

  • Abstract submissions will be accepted from 20 November 2019 until the 19 February 2020.
  • Early Bird Registration will open on the 4 December 2019.


Look our for next week’s announcement of our 2020 keynote presenter!


2019 RSA Annual Conference Funding - Recipient Reports

More 2019 RSA Annual Conference funding recipients reports are now available for you to read.   Siincere thanks to recipients who have submitted reports:

For those 2019 RSA Annual Conference funding recipients who have opted to submit a Recipient Report, the deadline was:  29th September 2019.    However, reports are still being received at


RSA News

Top Achiever Award - October 2019 Winner:

Amanda Mckie
Clinical Assistant Professor
School of Nursing
University of Canberra, ACT

Most recently I attended the 2019 Renal Society of Australasia (RSA) Annual Conference in Auckland, New Zealand.  I was fortunate to present a poster on the research that I am currently undertaking within the Master of Philosophy program at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD in collaboration with Professors Ann Bonner and Theresa Green.

Having attended the conference and engaged with other dedicated renal health professionals and research students, this empowered me with the confidence and courage to enter and attempt The University of Canberra, Rapid Fire Competition 2019. Here at the University of Canberra, there is a strong focus on academic and research achievements.

The Rapid Fire Competition is a well-known, yearly research competition in which research students and academics present their research proposal or completed research. The rapid fire presentations must be delivered on stage to an audience of research professors, academics, staff and students using only three slides and delivered verbally within three minutes. If you exceed the three minutes, then a highly respected member of the research team proceeds to shoot you with a Nerf gun.

If you are shot with the Nerf gun then you are disqualified from the competition as you have exceeded your time limit. The conditions of the competition are fierce and unforgiving however the prize is prestigious.   The prize for winning the Rapid Fire Competition is exclusive bragging rights, a shinny medal, large trophy and $500.

 On 10  July, I presented my reseach proposal ‘Understanding nurse’s perceptions of sexual dysfunction in people with end stage kidney disease requiring haemodialysis’ (Professor Bonner and Professor Green) at Rapid Fire. I had tough competition from the midwives and the radiology department as they were working on bold and impactful research as well.  I started my opening line with a quote from Salt ‘n’ Pepper: “Let’s talk about all the good things and all the bad things that may be, let’s talk about sex”. I then continued to deliver my three minute presentation on my research proposal highlighting the importance of the study. The research is focused on understanding the nurse’s attitudes, awareness, understanding and perceptions towards sexual dysfunction in people with end stage kidney disease undertaking haemodialysis in order to improve the delivery of nursing care. My main point was, that sexual health and wellbeing are an integral part of who we are as human’s despite illness and disease and the importance of sexual health is often overlooked or easily dismissed by health professionals.

At the end of the evening, the vote goes out to audience using an app for voting. Surprising this small researcher previously from Wollongong Hospital NSW Renal Centre took out first prize of Individual presentation of research proposal. And the prestigious prize.

Winning the rapid fire competition has brought awareness to the importance of research within renal nursing and the burden that sexual dysfunction has on those affected by kidney disease.

I am looking forward to the next RSA conference in Melbourne Victoria, 2020 and winning more prizes! 



Amanda Mckie and her 2019 Rapid FIre Competition Prizes.


You too could be an RSA “Top Achiever Award” Winner just like Amanda!    Congratulations Amanda!

The award is open to all RSA members and is an opportunity for you or your unit to share your achievement via CommuniquePlus with other RSA members.   

Articles should be limited to 500 words, accompanied with a relevant photograph and caption and emailed to   

Each month one article will be selected and recognised with the “Top Achiever Award”; a $50 VISA Voucher.   So come on everyone, get behind this initiative and help evolve CommuniquePlus - your magazine!


RSAJ Editor-In-Chief - Call for Expressions Of Interest

Sincere thanks to all those RSA members who submitted an "Expression of Interest" for the RSAJ Editor-In-Chief role.

An announcement regarding this important role is expected shortly!  


RSA 2018-2019 Annual Report - Now Available!

The RSA Annual Report is now available online.

RSA Annual Report Available Here...


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Coming Soon - October/November RSA Events

NSW Branch Symposia:  Renal Care - The Bigger Picture

Date:      Friday, 25 October 2019
Time:      Registration opens at 7.30am
               Symposia 8.00am - 4.45pm
Venue:    Royal North Shore Hospital - Level 5, Kolling Auditorium, Kolling Institute of Medical Research
               Building, Westbourne Street, St Leonards NSW 2065 

Renal nurses will benefit in attending this Symposium with wider knowledge on areas in relation to providing care to renal patients.  This symposium throws light on new focus areas:

  • Mental Health in Renal Setting
  • Paired Kidney Exchange Transplant Program
  • Renal Research
  • Diet in early CKD
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Renal Supportive Care

While the program is available here and speaker bios are available here, speakers include:

CPD Hours:  7

Registration Fees:

RSA Members:     $90   Another RSA Member Benefit - Discounted Registration Fees
Non-Members:   $180

Further Information/Registration

RSA wish to acknowledge and thank our corporate sponsors for their support of this event:   



QLD Branch Symposia:  Theme: It’s all About the Journey

Date:      Saturday, 2 November 2019
Time:      Registration opens at 8.00am
               Symposia 8.30am - 4.30pm
Venue:    Rydges Hotel South Bank, Brisbane, 9 Glenelg St, South Brisbane QLD 4101 

The journey of the chronic kidney disease sufferer is a challenging one. It requires a great deal of adjustment, knowledge growth, and some big decisions to be made. Join us to explore the patient journey and discover how we as clinicians, can ensure our patients are supported and have access to the care they need. Reignite your passion for all encompassing care that puts the patient in the foreground and integrates their needs with your knowledge.

While the program is available here, abstracts being presented include:

CPD Hours:  6.5

Registration Fees:

RSA Members:     $75   Another RSA Member Benefit - Discounted Registration Fees
Non-Members:   $150

Further Information/Registration

RSA wish to acknowledge and thank our corporate sponsors for their support of this event:   



VIC Branch Symposia:  Anaemia Management in Chronic Kidney Disease Workshop

Date:      Saturday, 9 November 2019
Time:      Registration opens at 8.30am
               Symposia 9.00am - 1.00pm
Venue:    Royal Melbourne Hospital, Function & Convention Centre, Melbourne

The Anaemia Management in Chronic Kidney Disease Workshop series is designed to provide an overview of the fundamentals of renal anaemia and its implications for CKD patients, including management options.

CPD Hours:  3.5

Registration Fees:

RSA Members:   $105   Another RSA Member Benefit - Discounted Registration Fees
Non-Members:   $150

Further Information/Registration

RSA wish to acknowledge and thank our corporate sponsor for their support of this event:   



WA Branch Symposia:  Anaemia Management in Chronic Kidney Disease Workshop

Date:      Tuesday, 19 November 2019
Time:      Registration opens at 4.30pm
               Symposia 5.00pm - 8.30pm
Venue:    The Esplanade Fremantle by Rydges, 46-54 Marine Terrace, Fremantle WA 6160

The Anaemia Management in Chronic Kidney Disease Workshop series is designed to provide an overview of the fundamentals of renal anaemia and its implications for CKD patients, including management options.

CPD Hours:  3.5

Registration Fees:

RSA Members:   $105   Another RSA Member Benefit - Discounted Registration Fees
Non-Members:   $150

Further Information/Registration

RSA wish to acknowledge and thank our corporate sponsor for their support of this event:   



Save The Dates - RSA Branch Symposia:

Friday, 25 October: NSW/ACT, Royal North Shore Hospital Renal Care - The Bigger Picture

Friday, 1 November:  QLD, Rydges Southbank - RSA Vascular Access Workshop   FULLY BOOKED

Saturday, 2 November: QLD, Rydges Southbank - Theme: It’s all about the journey

Saturday, 9 November: VIC, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Function & Convention Centre, Melbourne - Anaemia Management in Chronic Kidney Disease Workshop

Tuesday, 19 November: WA, The Esplanade Fremantle by Rydges - 46-54 Marine Terrace Fremantle WA - Anaemia Management in Chronic Kidney Disease Workshop

Saturday, 23 November:  ACT, Diplomat Hotel - RSA Vascular Access Workshop   FULLY BOOKED

Saturday, 7 December:  QLD, Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort - Anaemia Management in Chronic Kidney Disease Workshop

Saturday, 7 December:  TAS, Hobart - Anaemia Management in Chronic Kidney Disease Workshop


View the updated Education Calendar for 2019 – click here to find out more

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Partnership with the WCEA  – World Class CPD At Your Fingertips

The Renal Society of Australasia (RSA) has partnered with the World Continuing Education Alliance (WCEA), a global provider of specialist Continuing Education platforms. Together we are providing online continuing education opportunities to nursing members. The education portal ensures that an up-to-date and accessible resource of continuing education is available to nursing professionals. It is free to RSA members. 

Latest Uploads include:

  • The journal club - November - "Chlorhexidine versus saline in reducing the risk of catheter associated urinary tract infection:  A cost-effectiveness analysis"

Use of WCEA to deliver workplace education is growing in popularity and can provide high quality up to date information to educate new renal staff and to enhance the skills of experienced renal nurses. RSA membership is necessary to access packages for free but cheap monthly subscriptions are also available for non-RSA members. 

To date over 650 members have completed over 1100 RSA packages (choosing from 70 different packages). The interactive online packages are the most popular, but our new webinars and journal club are also accessed regularly.  200 RSA members have completed some of the other 2000 packages hosted by WCEA .

WCEA - Another RSA Member Benefit!



The 48th EDTNA/ERCA in Prague was a success, with  a total of 794 delegates from 48  countries. The conference theme was “New pathways in the renal setting, caring together by integrating modern technology based on knowledge and education".  It was my first attendance as Brand Ambassador for Australia and New Zealand and I felt fortunate to be there as well as very proud to be part of our small but productive Australian contingent.

We were well represented with 5 of us presenting either orally or through E-posters:

  • Ann Bonner gave a series of 3 different presentations around her research with kidney supportive care which were well received and encouraged discussion.
  • Ulrich Steinwandel presented his research findings on use of inferior vena cava ultrasound and bioimpedance spectroscopy to assess intravascular volume status.  He was awarded 3rd prize for his manuscript of his work. Congratulations and well done to Uli! 
  • Kris Dailey presented 2 E-posters, one describing a nursing led care model to manage damaged vascular catheters in HD units and the other detailing rapid start on PD in patients with rapidly declining renal function. 
  • Sarah Russo presented an E-poster on renal nurse practitioner leadership in renal supportive care, showing how “caring together” can help ease patient symptom burden.
  • I gave a presentation on the development and introduction of a mentorship learning programme for renal nurses which garnered questions and discussion.

It was great to see and hear the various presentations and an honour to chair sessions on Peritoneal Dialysis and an open forum.

The overall atmosphere was one of engagement and optimism.

One of the workshops related to violence and aggression in renal units, I would have liked to attend but was chairing a session at the same time. However, here is a global survey that I have completed and would encourage all to of you to please take 5 minutes to complete this on Violence and Aggression in Renal Units too; 

Survey Link...


The next EDTNA/ERCA International Conference will be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia from 12 -15 September 2020.  I look forward to seeing more of our members from Australia and New Zealand there.

If you have any questions about EDTNA/ERCA membership or conference please feel free to contact me.

Until next time, take care!

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


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RSA VIC Branch Symposium Highlights - September 2019


RSA local news stories

Do you have some local news you would like to share with your fellow RSA members?  

Please email your story complete with a photograph or two to

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Everest Base Camp Challenge for PKD

One couple has been inspired to raise awareness and funds for PKD by raising the END PKD flag on Mt Everest!

Vimla and Geoff Hayman are doing the Mount Everest base camp climb to build awareness and support for PKD.

Vimla and Geoff are representatives of the Rotary Club of St George Next Gen. One of the Rotary clubs goals is to promote health and well being.  After supporting the club's president through his kidney transplant (brought on by ARPKD), Geoff and Vimla were inspired to start a fundraiser for PKD Australia.

ARPKD, or Autosomal Recessive PKD, is a rare and severe form of PKD that usually presents before or shortly after birth. "Our president was going through so much of unknown and yet attended meetings.  He lives his life as normal as he can.  He is an amazing inspiration to all." said Vimla.

With several months of fitness training the two are now ready to take on the 12 day 130km round trip to the Mount Everest base camp, starting on the 20th of October.

You can follow their progress and donate here.


Kidney Health 2019 Big Red Kidney Walk - A Participants Perspective

A group of us are working on the Aboriginal kidney care together – improving outcomes now aKction project. This project brings together for the first-time, Aboriginal renal consumers, clinicians, nursing managers, health administrators, service providers, educators and researchers in South Australia to translate research findings directly into renal care improvements and education. 

We were excited to undertake the Big Red Kidney Walk in Adelaide on 6th September and were even joined by some of our children.  Even though the heavens opened up at the halfway point and the sun did not come out again until after we all crossed the finishing line, it was a fun morning and we even got photobombed by “Billy” the kidney.

As a team, we dedicated our walk to “Alice” who recently passed away.  Alice was an Aboriginal renal consumer and aKction Reference Group member who guided our project, and highlighted the needs of young Aboriginal women. 

Sincere thanks to Melissa Arnold-Chamney for sharing her Big Red Kidney Walk experience with CommuniquePlus readers!


Positions Vacant


The Clinical Nurse / Midwife Specialist, Grade 2,( CNS2 / CMS2 ) is responsible for delivering complex specialist nursing care and leading development of specialist clinical practice and service delivery to provide effective quality care for patients/clients with complex care needs.

CNS2 will deliver HHD training and support renal clients as outreach HHD service.

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The Nurse Unit Manager is in charge of a ward or unit and provides leadership and management of staff, services and resources to ensure delivery of safe, effective, quality nursing care.

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Kidney Care Service at The Royal Melbourne Hospital City Campus - Opportunity for a Renal Transplant Coordinator: Clinical Nurse Consultant - Part time position 40 hours per fortnight, 12 months fixed term

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Renal Supportive Care (RSC) Masterclass - RSA Members Discounted Registration

The RSC Masterclass is being held at St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne, Michael Chamberlain Theatre on Friday, 29th November 2019.

The aim of the Masterclass is to provide clinicians with an educational event using the highest level of evidence drawn from the national and international literature combined with local experience in Renal Supportive Care.

Content will include:

  • Evidence for symptom management in ESKD
  • End of life care and decision making
  • Models and outcomes of RSC programs


Learn more ...

RSA Members are invited to register and receive 10% off the advertised registration fee. 

When RSA Members reach this section (refer image below), of the registration process they need to enter 10PCOFF in the YELLOW Promocode box.


Clinical Network News #16 / 15 October 2019                                    

The latest issue of Safer Care Victoria, Clinical Network News is now available.

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WA Health Networks Special Bulletin - 15 October 2019

The latest edition of this publication is available via the link below.

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Renal Cancer Research Review - Issue 6

The latest version of this important publication is available via the link below.

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Nephrology Research Review - Issue 37

In this issue, a meta-analysis reports that NOACs have a better benefit-risk profile than VKAs in early-stage
CKD, a phase 2 study shows that the acid binder veverimer improves metabolic acidosis in CKD patients, and a cohort study reports that a high-dose influenza vaccine does not appear to provide additional protection beyond a standard-dose vaccine in haemodialysis patients. A pilot study reports that fixed-dose ferric citrate coordination complex has an excellent safety profile in patients with advanced CKD and merits further study, and a phase 2 Japanese study reports positive renal effects for the mineralocorticoid receptor antagonist esaxerenone in patients with type 2 diabetes and microalbuminuria.

Learn more ...


Study Review

Below is a link to a summary of the largest study in patients with atypical Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome (aHUS) treated with eculizumab for over 6 years.

Learn more ...



The next issue of the RSA CommuniquePlus is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, 13 November 2019.

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