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

Jana Pittman

 
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.

Plenary Presenter

Alison Barnwell

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

Associate Professor Simone Strasser

 
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.

Astellas Travel Grant Recipient

Toni Radford

 
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

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