The Statewide Renal Clinical Network Forum was held on Thursday 15 November 2018. The event brought together 85 enthusiastic stakeholders with 11 participating via webcast. The forum demonstrated the diversity of the network membership which includes renal clinicians, researchers, health service managers and consumers.
The forum theme had an emphasis on putting consumers first by raising their voice, understanding the consumer experience and learning about innovations and service delivery models that have a positive impact on patient care and outcomes. It was a pleasure to welcome Professor Wendy Hoy, Director, Centre for Chronic Disease, The University of Queensland to present the keynote address on Acute kidney injury in CKD Queensland patients and The end of the CKD journey – RRT or death without RRT.
There were numerous invited and featured presentations which contributed to an overall outstanding program covering consumer engagement, the consumer experience, rural and remote renal services, telehealth models, dialysis, supportive care and chronic kidney disease (CKD). In addition, the forum provided an opportunity to highlight network activity associated with the Advancing Kidney Care 2026 Collaborative and the Renal Transplant Subcommittee. Key projects supported by the network were showcased including the Kidney Clinical Genomics, Renal Digital Project, REDUCCTION Project and TEACH-PD Project. We thank all our presenters for sharing their knowledge, learning and experience with us at the forum.
Highlights of the day included the acknowledgement of traditional owners and elders delivered by Maurice Serico, Renal Indigenous Health Consumer and hearing from our panel of consumers about their experience living with CKD, being on dialysis, and life following a transplant. The panel included Helen Mees, Phil Carswell OAM and Amber Williamson (pictured below) who chose to share their answer to one thing they would change if they could. They emphasised the importance of renal support groups and the need for effective consumer engagement strategies to enhance the consumer experience and strengthen renal service delivery. Their willingness to share their personal experiences openly was greatly appreciated by all in attendance.
Overall feedback from the forum was very positive. Attendees appreciated the broad range of topics presented and found them relevant and stimulating. The SReCN Steering Committee would like to thank presenters and attendees who made the day a great success.