ANZSN President
PROFESSOR NEIL BOUDVILLE

Thank you for attending

I would like to thank everyone that joined us for the ANZSN Annual Scientific Meeting for 2021. As the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be felt around the world we look forward to gathering our members and guests together to share knowledge and experiences.

With the ongoing uncertainty, despite immense optimism for the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out, the ANZSN Council made the difficult decision to hold the ASM this year virtually again. I know that we all want to meet and share a drink (or two) but the 2020 fully virtual ASM demonstrated that we can still have a highly successful meeting virtually. Indeed, we have taken advantage of this mode of delivery and will increase the number of international speakers at the ASM. The Scientific Program and AwaRd Committee (SPARC), led by Natasha Rogers, are just putting the final touches on the program along with the Local Organising Committee (ably led by Nitesh Rao).

This year will also see the first winner of the inaugural ANZSN Leaders Award as well as a presentation from the 2020 dual winner of the TJ Neale Award (Meg Jardine). There will also be plenty of opportunities for you to network with colleagues, old and new. So I look forward to seeing all of you at the ASM on the 28th of August 2021.

Professor Neil Boudville

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About the Association

The Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology is a not-for-profit organisation representing the interests of health professionals committed to the prevention and treatment of kidney disease.
Through the ANZSN, members support a range of research, education and clinical care initiatives to promote evidence based practice and quality outcomes for patients in Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand and our region.

Research

  • Annual Scientific Meeting to bring clinicians and researchers together to share new knowledge and ideas
  • Awards program to foster, support and recognise research excellence in the prevention and treatment of kidney disease
  • Travel Grants program to enable clinicians and researchers to attend scientific meetings in Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand and overseas
Education

  • Basic, Advanced and Update programs provide support to clinicians undertaking advanced training in nephrology and continuing medical education
  • Advice on the educational content of the Haemodialysis Academy and the Peritoneal Dialysis Academy
  • Supporting the Kidney School which provides access to lectures and webinars on nephrology
Clinical Care

  • The Home Dialysis Conference and the Dialysis, Transplantation and Nephrology Workshop to provide forums for the exchange of knowledge on contemporary best practice
  • Provision of advice and guidance to government, research partners, affiliated organisations and others on the development of patient care guidelines and quality indicators, particularly in the area of dialysis care
  • Provision of regional education, training and advocacy to improve access to care and education for patients and clinicians in developing countries

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The Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology recognises that urgent action is needed within the nephrology community to help minimise the impacts of climate change, sustainably manage natural resources, and reduce and manage waste.  It is committed to embedding environmental sustainability into its operations, including holding conferences in ways that maximally benefit the host community and all involved while minimising environmental harm. Toward this aim, and with the help of the Green Nephrology Action Team (GNAT), a working group of the ANZSN, convened in partnership with Renal Society of Australasia, Kidney Health Australia and Kidney Health New Zealand, a range of green initiatives were incorporated into the 2020 meeting. We thank you for your support of these and welcome feedback on improvements that might be made in future meetings.
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