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Pilbara Health Professionals Network Education and Networking Dinner: End-stage kidney disease (ESKD) and transplants – Wednesday 29 July 2020

The Pilbara Health Professionals Network Education and Networking Dinner held in South Hedland gave local health professionals an opportunity to learn from a visiting team of multidisciplinary health professionals on End-stage kidney disease and transplants.

Hosted by Acting Regional Medical Director at Karratha Health Campus Dr Cherelle Fitzclarence, the presenters for the evening were renowned nephrologists Dr Suda Swaminathan,
Dr Ashley Irish and pharmacist Sharon Ho who shared their experience and knowledge on the subject, and answered audience questions.

Dinner was a two-course meal provided by caterer Wild Thyme Café, a local business that has made a commitment to work with Royal Life Saving WA under the North West Aboriginal Housing Fund to grow hospitality in Hedland, with the event’s wait staff all members of the “Kids in the Kitchen” initiative.

Following the meal, attendees engaged with the presentation which focussed on the management and challenges of chronic and end-stage kidney disease, dialysis and transplantation issues that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (Indigenous Australians), and the end-stage kidney disease journey from the commencement of renal replacement therapy through to the management of post-transplant care.

The event was a fantastic opportunity for local health professionals to network and learn from the presenters, who were visiting from Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth. Thank you to our guests for attending this inaugural Pilbara Health Professionals Network event; we look forward to seeing you again at future networking events across the Pilbara.