2018 Transplant Nurses Association National Conference
wednesday 24th - Friday 26th october, 2018 | Rydges world square, sydney, nsw
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Keynote Speakers

Jana Pittman

Australian Olympian and Motivational Speaker

Jana Pittman has represented her country at three Olympic Games, and is the first Australian woman to compete in both a summer and winter Olympics. A two-time World Champion and four-time Commonwealth Champion in the 400m hurdles, she is recognised as one of Australia’s greatest female athletes. Jana is in about to enter her final year of medical school but has also completed a bachelor of medical research with a keen interest in Transplantation. She was part of the Australian team that attended the inaugural international congress for Uterus transplantation in Gothenburg Sweden last year, staying on afterwards to participate in further research and watch first hand Mats Brannstrom's team in surgery.

Angelique Ralph

Registered Psychologist, Clinical Psychologist Registrar

Angelique is a Clinical Psychology Registrar. She holds an Honours degree in Psychology from the University of Sydney where she is presently completing a combined Doctor of Clinical Psychology/PhD with an NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship. Angelique has research and clinical expertise in the relationship between mental health and chronic disease, particularly in the area of kidney disease and transplantation. She has co-authored 20 academic articles and presented at local and international conferences.


Lynette Fix

Clinical Transplant coordinator, Mayo Clinic, USA

Lynette Fix is a RN Transplant Care Coordinator and Instructor of Nursing at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, USA. Her past nursing experience includes working as a staff nurse on the orthopedic floor, a scrub nurse in the operating room, and as a nurse manager. She is working as a prekidney and VCA RN Care Coordinator. She is currently the president of Midwest Heartland Chapter of ITNS and has served on the International Transplant Nurses Society (ITNS) Board of Directors both locally and nationally. She has served as a mentor, committee chair, preceptor, on the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) Transplant Coordinator Committee, COINN Collaborative, and on numerous nursing committees.
Lynette currently holds a Silver Level Mayo Clinic Quality Fellow Certification. Lynette has received Excellence Service Award, RN Individual Achievement Award, Transplant Director’s Award, Excellence through Teamwork Award, and ITNS Transplant Nurses Day Essay Contest Winner. She has a passion for transplant nursing and loves helping her patients navigate their transplant journey

Plenary Presenters

Alison Barnwell

Donor Family Support Coordinator,
NSW Organ and Tissue Donation Service
  • Completed nursing training and post graduate intensive care training at Guy’s Hospital, London.
  • Sixteen years experience in Intensive Care in London, Cambridge and Sydney.
  • Completed BA (Hons) at Sydney University in 1991 and has been a registered psychologist since 1994.
  • Originally employed by the Australian Red Cross Blood Service NSW/ACT in 1994 to develop the first statewide programme of bereavement aftercare for families involved in the organ donation process.
  • Awarded Winston Churchill Fellowship in 1995 to study established bereavement aftercare programmes for donor families in UK and USA.
  • Developed the first Teleconference Group Counselling Service for donor families in Australia with Dr Sandra Regan (UNSW)
  • Has presented extensively at national and international conferences on all aspects of donor family care.

R.N., B.A. (Hons) Psychology, MAPS
Employed by the Australian Red Cross Blood Service NSW/ACT in 1994 to develop the first statewide programme of bereavement aftercare for families involved in the organ donation process.
Awarded Winston Churchill Fellowship 1995 to study bereavement aftercare programmes for donor families in UK and USA

Diona Damian

Post-Transplant Malignancies,
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, NSW

Diona Damian is Professor of Dermatology at the University of Sydney, Clinical Academic at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Faculty member of the Melanoma Institute Australia. Her research focuses on the role of skin immunity in the mechanisms, prevention and treatment of skin cancer, with a focus on chemoprevention of cancer in high risk groups.

Peter Macdonald

Conjoint Professor of Medicine, University of New South Wales and Medical Director of the Heart Transplant Unit, St Vincent's Hospital, NSW

Peter Macdonald is a Conjoint Professor of Medicine in the University of New South Wales, Medical Director of the Heart Transplant Unit at St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney and co-head of the Transplantation Research Laboratory at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute. He is a past President of the Transplantation Society of Australia & New Zealand (TSANZ). His major research interests over the last 30 years have been in the areas of heart failure, heart transplantation, donor management and organ preservation. He has co-authored over 280 peer-reviewed manuscripts, more than 30 invited manuscripts and has contributed to the development of 10 national guidelines on these subjects.  His current H index is 56. In 2010, 2015 and 2017 he was nominated for the Award of Australian of the Year. In 2015 his research into the recovery and transplantation of hearts from DCD donors was recognised by the NSW Government with the NSW Ministerial Award for cardiovascular research excellence and by the ACT Gift of Life Organisation with the Terry Connolly Award for Healthcare Leadership and Innovation.  In 2017, he was made a member of the Order of Australia.

Associate Professor Simone Strasser

Senior Staff Specialist, AW Morrow Gastroenterology and Liver Centre, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

Associate Professor Simone Strasser is a Senior Staff Specialist in the AW Morrow Gastroenterology and Liver Centre, and the Australian National Liver Transplant Unit at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the University of Sydney. She has a major clinical and research interest in primary liver cancer, viral hepatitis, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, advanced liver disease, and liver transplantation. She is Director of Hepatology Clinical Trials at RPAH, and is site principal investigator on multiple clinical trials of new therapies for patients with liver disease and liver cancer. She is a regular speaker in national and local educational programmes and sits on multiple educational, advisory, editorial and administrative boards and committees in Australia and internationally. She is currently President-Elect of the Gastroenterological Society of Australia. Her publications include many book chapters and over 120 publications in peer reviewed journals.

Narelle Watson

Senior Scientist/ Laboratory Manager - NSW Transplantation and Immunogenics Laboratory - Australian RedCross Blood Service

Narelle Watson has over 30years experience in HLA transplant immunology specialising in Solid Organ transplantation.

Vice President of the Australian Pacific Histocompatibility Immunogenetics Association .

The NSW Transplantation and Immunogenetics Laboratory is one of three histocompatibility laboratory in Australian/Asian Region located within the RedCross Blood Service , TGA licenced ,NATA accredited and  ASHI accredited , with testing facilities for all solid organ, bone marrow, cord blood transplants performed in NSW/ACT.

Currently seconded to the OrganMatch Project as lead Subject Matter Expert. OrganMatch will be the replacement of the current NOMS ( National Organ Matching System) expected to be implemented in 2019. NOMS is currently the management system used in matching of Australian patient and donors of deceased organ donors and also the Australian Kidney Exchange Program.

Angela Webster

Professor of Clinical Epidemiology
School of Public Health

Angela is a Transplant Physician at Westmead Hospital and Clinical Epidemiologist at the University of Sydney. Her interests include the interaction of chronic diseases, specifically kidney disease, cancer, infection and cardiovascular disease. She has a long standing interest in data linkage, trials, data synthesis, and making better use of existing data to support clinical decision-making. Among other roles she is a member of the international Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) executive committee, funding arbiter for Cochrane, and editor for Cochrane Kidney and Transplant. She is executive officer of the Australian and New Zealand islet and pancreas transplant registry, and has served on the NSW Transplant Advisory committee. She is a terrible but persistent runner, likes knitting and keeps chickens.

Kate Wyburn

Senior Staff Specialist Nephrologist and Director of Kidney Transplantation at The Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney

Kate Wyburn is a full time Senior Staff Specialist Nephrologist and Director of Kidney Transplantation at The Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Sydney, the current Chair of the NSW Transplant Advisory Committee and member of the National Renal Transplant Advisory Committee. She is the Chair of The Solid Organ Transplantation working group of The National IVIG Governance Advisory Committee for the National Blood Authority Australia. She has been a Senior Lecturer at The University of Sydney since 2007 and a Clinical Associate Professor since 2013.  She undertook her PhD at Sydney University and was an NH&MRC PhD scholar. She is a member of The Kidney Node at The Charles Perkins Centre at The University of Sydney and her current areas of research include antibody mediated rejection and donor specific antibodies, blood group incompatible transplantation, and organ donation suitability.

Dr Michael Stormon

Senior Staff Specialist
Paediatric Hepatology, Liver Transplantation and Gastroenterology

Undergraduate Medical Degree Sydney University Fellowship in Paediatrics, Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children, Sydney Fellowship in Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Liver Transplant at Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada Senior Staff Specialist since 2001 Children’s Hospital Westmead Interests include metabolic liver disease; long term outcomes of graft survival after paediatric liver transplant, including operational tolerance

Astellas Travel Grant Recipient

Toni Radford

Islet Transplant Coordinator at Central and Northern Adelaide Renal and Transplantation Service

Toni is a registered nurse with a certificate in nephrology nursing who has worked in maintenance, satellite, home and acute dialysis areas as well as the renal transplant inpatient ward for over 25 years. Her experience as a renal transplant coordinator led to her gaining the position of Islet transplant coordinator and setting up the SA/NT islet transplant program in 2007. She coordinates patient assessment and work up, infuses the transplant islet cells in theatre and monitors the patient long term. She coordinated Australia’s first successful islet auto transplant after pancreatectomy in 2015. Toni is currently coordinating and writing protocols for the new whole pancreas transplant program starting in SA and running education sessions to upskill staff at the RAH.

She is  chair of  the International Pancreas and Islet Transplant Association’s nursing allied health committee (IPITA) and at the 2015 IPITA conference, organised and chaired the first nursing and allied health pre-meeting symposium for this body. She is passionate about her patients gaining the best outcome from their treatment and educates the patient and their families to ensure they are well informed and empowered to be able to achieve this

Alison Hodak

DonateLife SA

Alison Hodak has spent almost fifteen years working as a critical care nurse. She transitioned into the Donation Specialist Nursing Coordinator for DonateLife South Australia in 2012. She has a keen focus on the offer and allocation process of organs from consented donors and ensuring Australia continues to be a leader in organ and tissue donation. She thrives on the autonomy and diversity of the donor coordinator position, which is both stimulating and challenging. Alison is the current President of the SA chapter of the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses. She also holds the position of National Treasurer for the Australasian Transplant Coordinators Association (ATCA).

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