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Masterclass 3 - Fighting kidney disease together; managing the intersection of CKD, HF & DM

Friday, August 2, 2024
4:45 PM - 5:45 PM
Pyrmont Theatre


Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a silent Australian killer accounting for 12% of deaths nationwide. CKD is largely preventable yet 90% of individuals are not aware they have CKD. Heart failure (HF), diabetes mellitus (DM), and CKD are commonly occurring and interlinked conditions. If CKD goes undetected, it can progress with few apparent signs until up to 90% of kidney function has been permanently diminished. Mechanisms between the relationships of HF, DM, and CKD are complex but likely to share cardiovascular and metabolic risk factors, as well as the effects on inflammation, oxidative stress, and neurohormonal pathways.

Optimising the care and management of people living with CKD, HF and DM requires multi-disciplinary care including the expertise of nephrologists, dieticians, and pharmacists as the combination of these three comorbidities results in an increase risk for hospitalisation and mortality.

Join our expert to discuss the role pharmacists have in helping to delay the progression of kidney disease, manage these three conditions and limit complications. We will discuss the range of treatment options available and how pharmacists can optimise the use of medicines in these patients. We will also explore the vast potential for pharmacists in CKD management; avoiding drug interactions, determining dosage changes and laboratory monitoring.

Learning objectives:
1. Recognise individuals who are at risk of developing CKD, HF or DM in the community.
2. Discuss appropriate support and referral pathways for individuals at risk of CKD.
3. Outline management strategies to support the management of CKD, HF and DM and it’s complications.
Competency standards: 1.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.5, 3.6


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Dr Richard Phoon
Senior Staff Specialist In Nephrology & Senior Medical Advisor
Westmead Hospital

Masterclass 3: Fighting kidney disease together


Richard is a full-time Senior Staff Specialist in Nephrology and the Senior Medical Advisor at Westmead Hospital. Previous appointments include Treasurer of the ANZSN, Chair of the Advanced Training Committee of Nephrology (RACP), Director of the Kidney School programme and Board Member (Treasurer/Secretary) of Ballet Without Borders. He chaired recently published CARI Guidelines on Recommendations for Culturally Safe Kidney Care of First Nations Australians and Urate-lowering Therapy for People with CKD. He has been a longstanding member of the Primary Care Education Advisory Committee for Kidney Health Australia (PEAK), is a member of the Independent Hospital and Aged Cared Pricing Authority (IHACPA) Clinical Advisory Committee and has been an Elected Councillor for HCF since 2013. Currently he is principal investigator on several international clinical trials related to diabetic and non-diabetic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis and lupus, whilst he also maintains active personal interests in his family, fencing and ballet.