Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology

COVID-19 Updates

A message from the President on COVID-19

The ANZSN continues to closely monitor the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak recognising our Society’s membership is part of the medical efforts being put in place to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The wellbeing of our patients, our colleagues and the broader community is foremost in our minds and our thoughts go out to all affected by and working on the front line to manage the response to the virus. 

If Members have any questions or would like access to planning documents or specific expertise as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, then please contact the ANZSN Office at anzsn@nephrology.edu.au.

What’s New?

COVID-19 vaccination – Eligibility declaration form

COVID-19 vaccine rollout eligibility declaration form for patients receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

FAQs on COVID-vaccine

A patient-focused FAQ document on COVID-vaccine developed by our COVID-19 Working Group, led by Dr Shilpa Jedudason, has been provided to our patient-facing stakeholder groups.

ANZSN COVID-19 Vaccination NZ Position Statements

ANZSN in collaboration with KHNZ and RSA has released this week two COVID-19 statements in Aotearoa – New Zealand.

10 March 2021 Priorities for COVID-19 vaccination in adults and children with kidney failure and their healthcare workers in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

10 March 2021 Joint COVID-19 Vaccination Position Statement for Patients and Whānau affected by kidney disease in Aotearoa New Zealand.

COVID-19 Forum # 7 – Vaccination Information for Kidney Healthcare Workers

Thank you to everyone who joined our Forum on 24 February.

I also want to thank Dr Peter Boan who presented on COVID-19 vaccination for patients with kidney disease or kidney transplantation, with a focus on the vaccination rollout plan in Australia, types of vaccines and variants of concern.

Watch Dr Boan’s presentation (PowerPoint presentation recording) below. You can get a copy of the PowerPoint file here.

 

Based on feedback provided by Forum participants, the Society will now consider how it can assist with:

Transplant Talk – COVID Vaccinations for Transplant Recipients and Dialysis Patients

Transplant Australia’s webinar held on 17 February, with presenters Professor Steve Chadban and Dr Peter Boan can be found here.

COVID-19 Vaccination Related Research

With the COVID-19 vaccinations about to commence there are many opportunities for research in this area on patients with kidney disease. While the ANZSN does not have funding to support this research there may be an opportunity that the COVID-19 Working Group could help facilitate any groups that want to lead a research project. Please send an email to the ANZSN at anzsn@nephrology.edu.au if you have a project in mind that we can help facilitate.

ANZDATA Registry report on positive SARS-CoV-2 results among the chronic dialysis and kidney transplant population in Australia and New Zealand – 2 March 2021

No new cases reported this week (as at 02/03/2021)

For Australia:

For New Zealand:

TSANZ - Communiques

The TSANZ’s National Transplantation and Donation Rapid Response Taskforce Weekly Communique No 30 can be found here.

Resources to help plan and respond to COVID-19

The ANZSN COVID-19 Working Group has developed key checklists to assist renal unit senior management teams in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand prepare for and manage the COVID-19 pandemic:

Other Information

Working with Governments to ensure a coordinated response
The ANZSN will continue to work with its Members and advocate with the Australian and New Zealand governments on key matters relating to COVID-19.

Working with Industry to secure dialysis supplies
We remain in contact with all the major suppliers of dialysis fluids and consumables to encourage them to review and secure their supply chains in readiness.

Keeping abreast of developments
As the situation with COVID-19 continues to unfold we encourage our Members to keep abreast of developments, particularly within your own jurisdiction. 

It is recommended that you refer to your local health department website (links below) to ensure that you are accessing the most recent resources, updates and information.

Australia:

New Zealand:

 

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP)
A list of the initiatives that the RACP is leading on behalf of its Members in response to the COVID-19 pandemic can be found here.

Information for patients and carers
Kidney patients and their carers can find information on COVID-19 at the following websites: