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Welcome from ANZSN

The Local Organising Committee, on behalf of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology, extends an invitation to both members of the Society and to all other persons interested in the study and treatment of kidney disease to our jubilee Scientific Meeting at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. In 2014, we are having a Renal Week to acknowledge this milestone, with the theme of “Celebrating 50 years advancing care in kidney disease”. The annual Update Course on 23-24 August will be followed by the Scientific Meeting from 25-27 August.  In addition, we will be sharing Renal Week with our friends and colleagues, the Renal Society of Australasia, who will be running a separate program and joining us for a combined plenary session. 

The very first Scientific Meeting of our Society was held in this city from 1-3 December 1965. The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre was not available then, but now provides us with an ideal location for Renal Week on the south bank of the Yarra River and close to the city centre, the Southbank precinct and other attractions.

Although we may take this opportunity to look back on the past, there will be plenty of new scientific and clinical content on offer from both local and international experts as well as both junior and senior Society members.  

Yours sincerely,

Rowan Walker
President
Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology

 

Matthew Roberts
Chair
Local Organising Committee

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome from RSA

On behalf of the Organising Committee I have great pleasure in inviting you to join us for Renal Week; the Renal Society of Australasia Annual Conference run in parallel with The Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology Annual Scientific Meeting, the ASM.  Renal Week is to be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 25-27 August 2014. The theme of this year’s RSA Annual Conference is “Renal health care: everyone’s business”.

The Organising Committee has done an excellent job securing a number of eminent international and national speakers who will share their own experiences in dealing with current renal health care issues. On behalf of the Scientific Committee I encourage both novice and experienced presenters to submit an abstract for either an oral or poster presentation. This year we have embedded workshops into the conference program so there is an even greater opportunity to undertake a range of educational sessions, in a variety of formats. The social program, as always, provides an excellent opportunity for delegates to network with their colleagues and engage with our sponsors. The Welcome Reception will be a combined RSA and ASM event, so will be an evening not to be missed.

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre is an outstanding venue in which to convene Renal Week.  It provides excellent facilities to undertake both the educational and social aspects of the program, is conveniently located and has a range of accommodation options within walking distance. Running both the RSA and ASM conferences side by side with some shared plenary sessions offers RSA delegates the opportunity to exchange ideas in the more relaxed atmosphere of the Welcome Reception whilst still enabling full day programs of educational sessions and inclusive workshops directly relevant to renal nursing and allied renal health professions.  I hope to see you at Renal Week to share not only in the fantastic educational and networking opportunity that the RSA Annual Conference provides but to also experience all the benefits from running our conference in parallel to the ANZSN Annual Scientific Meeting.

Yours sincerely,

Kirsten Passaris
Conference Convenor
Federal Chair
Renal Society of Australasia