Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology

Structure and Governance

 

The Constitution for the ANZSN sets out the legal and governance framework for the Society and is available here. 

ANZSN Structure and Governance

ANZSN Council

The ANZSN is governed by a Council elected by members.

 

President

Professor Neil Boudville

Professor Neil Boudville is Professor of Renal Medicine and Sub-Dean for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Western Australia. He is also the Head of Department of the Renal Unit at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and the Medical Director of the WA Home Dialysis Program (WAHDiP). The WAHDiP has over 220 peritoneal dialysis patients and 100 home haemodialysis patients.

Professor Boudville is the Chair of the ANZDATA Peritoneal Dialysis Working Group and the Oceania representative for the International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis Executive committee. He is also a member of the Executive for the Caring for Australasians with Renal Impairment (CARI) Guidelines. He has over 120 peer reviewed publications, 4 current NHMRC Project grants, NHMRC Program grant and is the Chair of the Scientific Committee for the Australasian Kidney         Trials Network. 

 

Professor Suetonia Palmer, President Elect

Professor Suetonia Palmer is a nephrologist at Christchurch Hospital, New Zealand and holds a chair in Medicine at the University of Otago. She is Chair of the KHA-CARI Guideline Steering Committee, editor for Cochrane Kidney and Transplant and associate editor for Transplantation and member of the NZ Working Group for ANZDATA and PD Working Group of AKTN. She has been responsible for the annual reporting of ANZDATA clinical practices and outcomes to the NZ National Renal Advisory Board since 2012. She has research interests in treatment effectiveness and clinical trials. Suetonia has interest in addressing equity in clinical practice and health outcomes in New Zealand. She holds a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship from the Royal Society of New Zealand.

 

Associate Professor Girish Talaulikar, Treasurer         

A/Prof Girish Talaulikar is the Director of the ACT/SouthernNSWLHD Renal Network. He has formal qualifications in Clinical Epidemiology and Healthcare Management. Girish has experience in creating clinical and social networks to improve chronic healthcare delivery incorporating electronic information transfer to support care delivery and clinical research. His area of interest includes unwarranted variation and value in healthcare, health economics and vascular access management. He is presently completing a Fellowship of the College of Medical Administrators and spends his spare time playing a game of tennis and reading about evidence based economics and its impact on poverty alleviation in the developing world. A/Prof Talaulikar is Treasurer of ANZSN and represents the Council on the Advanced Trainee Committee and the RACP Council.

 

 

Associate Professor Kamal Sud, Honorary Executive Officer

Associate Professor Kumal Sud is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney’s Nepean Clinical School and Director of the Renal Service at Nepean Hospital in Western Sydney. As part of Western Renal Service, he is also a Co-Director of the Peritoneal Dialysis program at Regional Dialysis Centre at Blacktown Hospital and Transplant Physician within the Renal Service at Westmead Hospital.

Kamal completed his medical training in India from Christian Medical Colleges at Ludhiana (Punjab) and Vellore (Tamil Nadu) and then worked at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research at Chandigarh, India for 12 years before migrating to Australia in 2005. He is a past recipient of a short-term ISN Fellowship and ISPD Scholarship through which he received post fellowship trainings in peritoneal dialysis at Toronto Western Hospital and Westmead Hospital. During his early career in India, Kamal received young investigator award of the Indian Council of Medical Research, Fellowship and Oration by the Indian Society    of Nephrology and had been on the Councils of the Indian Society of Nephrology, Indian Society of Organ Transplantation and Peritoneal Society of India. 

 Currently, Kamal is a member of South Asia Regional Board of the ISN, a member of the ANZDATA Peritoneal Dialysis working group, a member of NSW                                                        Transplant Advisory Committee and chairs the Renal Supportive Care working group at the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation. He led the development of a                                                    remote monitoring application for patients on home haemodialysis that is being rolled out to other renal units in NSW. He has been a referee and member of                                                          editorial boards of a number of Journals, is an Associate/Subject Editor of 2 international Journals and has more than 135 published manuscripts in peer reviewed                                                journals in diverse areas of clinical nephrology, dialysis and transplantation.

Kamal brings a range of clinical, teaching, research, clinical leadership and organisational experience to Council. He will work with fellow council members in                                                      promoting high standards of clinical care to patients with kidney disease by education of physicians, trainees and scientists and supporting research. He is                                                              passionate about reducing barriers to home dialysis and promoting equity in opportunities and care of patients with kidney diseases, aiming to improve their quality of lives. His other interests are in use of technology to improve health outcomes of patients with kidney disease.

  

Dr Ross Francis 

Dr Ross Francis is a Consultant Nephrologist and Transplant Physician at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane. His clinical interests range from translation of novel treatments for immunological kidney disease and transplantation (including biological and cellular therapies) to improving transition care for young adults with kidney disease. Ross is responsible for the transplantation portfolio within ANZSN council and represent ANZSN on the Renal Transplant Advisory Committee (RTAC).

 

 

 

 

Dr Tim Spicer

Dr Tim Spicer is currently the director of renal medicine for South West Sydney Local Health District, encompassing Liverpool, Bankstown, Fairfield, Campbelltown and Bowral hospitals. Dr Spicer chose to stay on as a staff specialist in this growing, interesting and diverse and lower socioeconomic region of Sydney after completing his PhD in the 1990s. They have become a large unit with around 700 dialysis patients and 14 nephrologists.

After graduating in medicine from UNSW 30 years ago, Dr Spicer trained through St Vincent’s Sydney, then completed nephrology training through St Vincent’s and Westmead hospitals. He spent an elective year doing Ultrasound and Nuclear Medicine at Westmead, before completing a PhD through Liverpool Hospital/UNSW titled ‘The role of T cells and Cytokines in Experimental Membranous Nephropathy’. He completed a Diploma of Diagnostic Ultrasound in 1999

(general), and as a nephrologist he has been significantly involved in the development of ANZSIN. After initially running ultrasound and interventional and                                                      ultrasound training  workshops for nephrologists and trainees for 6 years, Dr Spicer now helps to coordinate and run the ANZSIN course annually during the                                                          ANZSN renal week program.

Dr Spicer has a special interest in training and supervision of junior doctors and been heavily involved in education and training as a consultant, first for 5 years as director of clinical training of junior medical staff at Liverpool, then for 7 years as director of medical student education for UNSW in the Southwest. His main areas of interest remain training in interventional nephrology especially renal biopsy accreditation as well as transplant, renal tract and arteriovenous fistula ultrasound and duplex.

 

Dr Sandawana William Majoni

Sandawana William Majoni is a senior staff specialist in nephrology in the Northern Territory (NT) Department of Health’s Top End Health Service at the Royal Darwin Hospital. Sandawana is the transplantation lead for Top End Renal Services, the clinical lead for the department of nephrology, deputising the NT Director of Renal Services in the Top End, the Clinical Lead for renal services to the Katherine region of the Top End, Clinical Dean for the Flinders University’s Northern Territory Medical Program and an Honorary Research Fellow with the Menzies School of Health Research. Sandawana is also a biostatistician. Sandawana has over 40 peer-reviewed publications in nephrology, cardiovascular disease and infectious diseases. He has supervised a number of medical trainees and students. Sandawana co-chaired the local organising committee for the 53rd annual scientific meeting of the Australia New Zealand Society of Nephrology (ANZSN); one of the highlights of which was the very successful first Indigenous Patients Voice Symposium. 

Sandawana has spent the last eight years working in collaboration with colleagues around the Territory and Australia to improve outcomes for patients with kidney   disease particularly Indigenous Australians who form the larger number of clients. The number of Indigenous patients from the Top End of the Northern Territory accessing the possibility of kidney transplantation has significantly increased in the past few years. Sandawana has been, with others, at the centre of this push to have all patients given the chance for kidney transplantation. Sandawana is involved in collaboration and leadership in a number of cutting edge research projects on kidney disease among Indigenous Australians. Sandawana has been an active member of the Northern Territory RACP committee, being the deputy Chair of the committee in the past 2 years. Sandawana hopes to use this experience to further the agenda of the society in Australia, New Zealand and beyond.

 

Dr Jeff Wong

Dr Jeff Wong has been a staff specialist nephrologist at the South Western Sydney Local Health District since 2004. He obtained his medical degree through Otago University in Dunedin New Zealand. Dr Wong's advanced training commenced in Wellington, New Zealand and was completed in Sydney, followed by a basic science PhD through University of Sydney and the transplant unit at Westmead hospital on Chemokines in Cellular Xenograft Rejection.

Dr Wong's main interests and roles at Liverpool hospital have been in peritoneal dialysis and the development of an interventional nephrology unit, where he manages the imaged guided catheter based access (Tunneled lines and PD catheters) for their large dialysis population of approx.700. This led to a role in the development of the ANZSIN in 2008 which has now regularly held with the ANZSN. Dr Wong has a keen interest in medical education and supervision of students and trainees

 

 

ANZPNA Representative in attendance by invitation of Council: 

 

Dr Peter Trnka , Chair ANZPNA 

Dr Peter Trnka is the current chair of the Australia and New Zealand Paediatric Nephrology Association (ANZPNA) and paediatric representative on ANZSN council. He is a paediatric nephrologist and the Director of Nephrology at the Queensland Children’s Hospital in Brisbane. Peter obtained his medical degree at the Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. He completed his paediatric nephrology fellowship and worked as a consultant nephrologist at the British Columbia Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada before moving to Brisbane in 2010. Peter also holds a Master of Science degree in Experimental Medicine from the University of British Columbia, Canada. He is an Associate Professor at the School of Medicine at the University of Queensland. Peter’s research interests include congenital anomalies of the kidneys and urinary tract, obstructive nephropathy, renal tumours associated with tuberous sclerosis and renal genetic disease. Peter is currently the chair of the ANZPNA subcommittee for collaborative research and the paediatric representative on ANZSN SPEC.

 

 

Past Presidents

ANZSN Governance

The Council is responsible for the strategic, financial and operational performance of the ANZSN on behalf of its members. The governance charter can be found by clicking here.

Honorary Executive

The day to day operations of the ANZSN is overseen by an Honorary Executive appointed by Council:

Committees

The ANZSN Council has appointed four (4) standing Committees to provide expert advice and guidance on matters of importance to the strategic and operational performance of the Society.

The Clinical Policy Advisory Committee (CPAC) provides advice to Council on clinical practice issues and key performance and quality indicator in nephrology and organises the program for the biennial Dialysis Nephrology and Transplantation (DNT) Workshop.

The Dialysis Advisory Committee (DAC) provides advice to Council on all aspects of haemodialysis (HD) and peritoneal dialysis (PD), clinical guidelines, key performance indicators and minimum training standards. The Committee also organises the program for the biennial Home Dialysis Conference.

The Research Advisory Committee (RAC) provides advice to Council on research directions and priorities and reviews and recommends ANZSN research grant and travel grant recipients, including the Jacquot Awards in conjunction with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

The Scientific Program and Education Committee (SPEC) provides advice to Council on the design of the scientific and educational meetings, including the Annual Scientific Meeting, and the Basic, Update and Advanced Courses. The Committee also recommends recipients of the ANZSN travel grants and the awards program for the Annual Scientific Meeting.

Working Groups

Council may also form time-limited Working Groups to provide advice on specific matters of interest. Current Working Groups include:

Accountability

The activities of the Society are reported annually at the Annual General Meeting. A copy of the 2018 ANZSN Bulletin can be found by clicking here.