Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology



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Voting will be open until 5.30pm AEST on 10 August 2021. Eligible members have received voting instructions and are able to request them again to


2021 Nominees



Dr Sharon Ford

I am a Nephrologist based at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne. I studied medicine at Monash University and completed Advanced Training at The Alfred Hospital and Monash Medical Centre in 2012. I am near completion of a PhD at Monash University.

I am the deputy chair of the ANZSN Scientific program and awards committee and lead nephrology clinical research and the transplant assessment and general nephrology clinics at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. I have an interest in renal biopsy teaching and registrar training and mentoring. I have undertaken supervision of medical student Nephrology rotations and research projects and am the self-appointed social committee president for the St Vincent’s Nephrology Dept.

I am applying for council to endeavour to provide a voice on council for junior members of the society and provide council perspective on training, research involvement and career and workforce issues from a junior consultant viewpoint. I believe I can provide diversity to council in terms of my career stage and my understanding of issues affecting current trainees.

I feel strongly in the need for revitalised council and executive communication with members ensuring increased awareness of ANZSN activities and research, learning and reward and recognition opportunities especially for junior ANZSN members. I will attempt to encourage engagement of all members of the society to ensure all perspectives are considered and the society sustains a balanced focus on research, education and clinical care in all forums and formats in which nephrology care provision occurs now and in the future. I would seek to ensure that broad and diverse representation of society members is provided to council to ensure that the society’s work remains relevant to all its members and those consumers of nephrology clinical care, research and advocacy.



Dr Sharmila Ramessur Chandran

The Society of Nephrology of Australia and New Zealand is wealthy in the diversity, intellect and goodwill of its members. It has been an absolute pleasure to be part of the team.

My visions if elected to council are 

  1. Advocate for gender and cultural sensitivity within the society as well as in the workforce.
  2. Develop an inclusive and nurturing culture for nephrologists and trainees across all regions of Australia and New Zealand.
  3. Build relationships with international and national partners to create career and educational opportunities for nephrologists and trainees.
  4. Constant innovation of educational resources and training pathways
  5. Improve collaboration with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians 

I grew up in Mauritius and moved to Melbourne after obtaining a scholarship to study Medicine at the University of Melbourne. Upon graduation, I moved to Scotland for my internship and then to Plymouth in England where I completed basic physician training before moving back to Australia. I completed physician training at Monash Medical Centre and started specialist training in nephrology. My second year of training was at St Vincent Hospital after which I returned to Monash Medical Centre to start a PhD in antibody mediated rejection post renal transplantation.   

During my PhD, I received 2 scholarships, the Jacquot research entry scholarship and the Monash University postgraduate scholarship and multiple awards including Young Investigator`s basic science award at the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology Society Annual Scientific Meeting in 2013 and the Young Investigator Award at the World Transplant Congress 2014 in San Francisco, USA.

Towards the end of my PhD, I moved to Canada with my family to undertake a clinical fellowship in renal transplantation at the Toronto General Hospital. 

Upon my return, I decided to upskill myself in medical leadership and education while maintaining my career in clinical nephrology. I completed a Master degree in Health Administration with distinction through Monash University. I am a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and have completed the graduate certificate in clinical teaching at the University of Melbourne

I am Board Member of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians as well as Board Member of Kerang District Health. 

Within the college, my other leadership roles include

  1. Chair of the fellowship Committee of RACP
  2. Lead fellow-elect and AMD (Adult Medicine Division) lead for RACP Congress 2022
  3. Member of the AMD council and its executive committee
  4. Victorian Coordinator of the College Lecture Series Committee
  5. Member of the Victorian RACP committee
  6. FRACP examiner

Within ANZSN, my roles are

  1. Deputy Chair of its Education Training Committee
  2. Program Director of the CME clinical course of the Annual Scientific Meeting
  3. Member of the e-learning hub committee 

If elected, I will be a dynamic advocate for growth and transformational change to meet the changing needs of members and our society.




Dr Sven Jean Tan (Jean)

I am a Consultant Nephrologist at The Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH) and Physician Lead for Nephrology clinical trials at RMH. My interests range from implementation of innovative healthcare tools to support health service delivery (including clinical trials), advancing basic and clinical science research in the area of CKD-mineral bone disorder (CKD-MBD) through to improving medical education systems.

My nephrology training across different states and centres including Monash Medical Centre, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and Townsville Hospital (Queensland) has provided me a range of metropolitan, regional and rural experience. My PhD studies at RMH investigated the role of klotho and FGF-23 in phosphate metabolism. I have continued as part of the expanding research team at RMH supervising PhD students with a wide breadth of research themes including CKD-MBD, use of novel imaging techniques in kidney disease, and possible therapeutic interventions in acute kidney injury.

I am a member of the AKTN CKD working group and as physician lead for clinical trials currently lead more than 8 pharma-sponsored nephrology clinical trials at RMH, aiming to improve overall clinical trial delivery. As a practising clinician at RMH, I also participate in RMH regional clinics and RMH telehealth clinics. Throughout this time I have also been committed to mentoring junior medical staff and researchers, developing the nephrology teaching series at RMH and supervising junior staff in quality assurance research projects.

My nephrology experience across multiple centres and states has provided invaluable insight into the national diversity of Nephrology community. To be elected to the ANZSN Council will provide many opportunities for me to increase national and international professional collaborative clinical and academic networks, as well as strive for improved gender and cultural balance on the ANZSN Council. If elected, I would be eager to involve myself in a number of the working groups that are improving equity and diversity across the society, reviewing clinical policy, furthering my interest in identifying health service gaps and improving healthcare delivery across the nephrology discipline throughout Australia and New Zealand. I am a passionate and enthusiastic person, determined to make a difference towards improving the outcomes of patients with kidney disease and their carers.



Dr Catherine Wilkinson

Dr Catherine Wilkinson is a staff specialist nephrologist at Cairns and Hinterland Hospital Service and adjunct lecturer at James Cook University School of Medicine.  She completed her training in Far North Queensland and South Australia.  Catherine is a passionate interventional nephrologist and thoroughly enjoys promoting interest in her specialty and cultivating skill development in other early career nephrologists.  She has a particular interest in promoting inclusive and culturally appropriate care for First Nations people in the Cairns district. To this end, Catherine has successfully secured funding from the AKC2026 collaborative to develop a kidney supportive care service that includes community-based education workshops and yarning circles with community elders.  Furthermore, Catherine is an active and engaged member of the National Indigenous Transplant Taskforce and participates in the Transplant Mentors Project as well as the Return to Country study.   

She is currently a representative for early career nephrologists for the ANZSN CIN.  She has been an invited speaker to the ANZSN update course.  She is a member of the Renal Supportive Care Special Interest Group. 

Catherine hopes to continue to promote diversity and cultural inclusivity in her work with the ANZSN council. She believes she will bring representation for early career nephrologists and women in nephrology. Catherine is particularly interested in working with the ANZSN to modernise the nephrology training process to promote trainee skill development that aligns with career goals. 



2021 New Zealand Nominee


Dr Elene Ly

I work as a Nephrologist at Middlemore Hospital Counties Manukau Health, Auckland, New Zealand.  I have accepted a nomination for ANZSN Council.  ANZSN can help guide how Nephrology is developed and experienced by clinicians, advanced trainees, patients and their families.  I feel that I would be able to contribute to this, and provide a balanced and considered perspective.      

I completed my MBChB at University of Auckland, and Nephrology Advanced Training in New Zealand.  I became a Fellow of the RACP in 2015.  I have worked as a fulltime Nephrologist at Middlemore Hospital since 2016 and am clinical lead for our Renal Young Adult Network and local Nephrology advanced trainee teaching programme.  I previously organised the INSTEP programme for New Zealand Nephrology advanced trainees.   I am an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland, School of Medicine and a member of the Auckland Nephrology regional selection panel.



Continuing Councillors

Professor David Johnson, President-elect, QLD

Professor Peter Kerr, Honorary Treasurer, VIC

Associate Professor Kamal Sud, Honorary Executive Officer, NSW

Dr Andrew Henderson, Councillor, NZ

Associate Professor Rathika Krishnasamy, Councillor, QLD

Associate Professor Sandawana William Majoni, Councillor, NT

Dr Tim Spicer, Councillor, NSW

Ms Sophie Valkan, Councillor, VIC

Dr Jeff Wong, Councillor, NSW


Please visit our Structure and Governance page for current councillor bios.