Blacktown hosts Home Dialysis Symposium

Participants at the forum

Blacktown Hospital and Sydney Health Partners hosted a Home Dialysis Symposium in May at the UWS Clinical School.

Program highlights included guest speakers and presentations on promoting home dialysis, training and associated issues, and keeping patients on the program.

Patients shared their stories while clinicians provided education and helpful tips.

A tour of the new Regional Dialysis Centre was the icing on the cake – the spacious layout, bright colours and the intergration of services were positively received.

The program included information from Western NSW Local Health District, which covers areas like Bathurst, Orange, Dubbo and Narromine.

Their patients often travel long distances to major towns for treatment and have to stay for weeks to learn how to dialyse; their amazing staff also travel to provide care and assistance.

Sydney Health Partners is one of the first four Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres in Australia.

It was recognised by the National Health and Medical Research Council in 2015 for being a leader in translating research into better health outcomes for the community.

The partnership is comprised of Sydney, Northern Sydney and Western Sydney local health districts, the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network, the University of Sydney and nine independent medical research institutes.

Their vision is to transform the way research improves patient care and public health in our health system through strong collaboration, inclusive thinking and an overriding commitment to meet the health needs of our community.

Special thanks to Fresenius Medical Care and Baxter Healthcare for sponsoring the catering for this event.

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