Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology

COVID-19 Updates

A message from the President on COVID-19 – Updated 2 July 2020

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 or M: 0447 118 585.

What’s New

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

Australia continues with no new cases reported to date (1/07/2020). The total number of reported cases for Australia stands at 13 (10 recoveries); 8 kidney
transplant recipients (all recoveries) and 5 dialysis patients (2 recoveries).

There are still no cases in Aotearoa New Zealand's cohort.

TSANZ - Communiques
The TSANZ’s National Transplantation and Donation Rapid Response Taskforce Weekly Communique No 14 can be found here.

Joint Statement - Nephrology Societies call for ensuring optimal care to patients
with kidney diseases during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The ANZSN has joined sister renal societies in calling for action to care for patients with kidney disease in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read the joint statement here.

ANZSN and TSANZ COVID-19 Forums

No further Forums are scheduled at this time

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:

The Working Group has also prepared a joint ANZSN and RSA statement on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). We are currently reviewing advice from the  (Australian) Infection Control Expert Group and the (New Zealand) National Renal Advisory Board prior to release.


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
https://www.health.gov.au/
https://www.health.gov.au/contacts/australian-capital-territory-department-of-health
https://www.health.gov.au/contacts/new-south-wales-department-of-health
https://www.health.gov.au/contacts/northern-territory-department-of-health
https://www.health.gov.au/contacts/queensland-department-of-health
https://www.health.gov.au/contacts/south-australian-department-of-health
https://www.health.gov.au/contacts/tasmanian-department-of-health
https://www.health.gov.au/contacts/victorian-department-of-health
https://www.health.gov.au/contacts/western-australian-department-of-health

New Zealand
https://www.health.govt.nz/
https://covid19.govt.nz/

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: