The Clinical Advisory Committee is a multidisciplinary group of up to 12 members comprising some of Australia’s leading kidney health professionals and kidney consumers.
Chaired by Kidney Health Australia’s Clinical Director, Prof Karen Dwyer, the committee will provide clinical and technical advice and support to the Board and team of Kidney Health Australia and be a credible voice on issues relating to kidney health and kidney disease. They will provide advice and input on implementation of the strategy of Kidney Health Australia. The Committee complements other Kidney Health Australia committees such as the Primary Care Education and Advisory Committee, which provides advice on our primary care education program and our Research Advisory Group.
Professor Karen Dwyer, MBBS, PhD, FRACP
Prof Dwyer is the Clinical Director at Kidney Health Australia and Professor of Medicine and Deputy Head, School of Medicine at Deakin University. She trained as a nephrologist and transplant physician at St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. Prof Dwyer has 15 years clinical experience in the diagnosis and management of renal-related disease, including acute and chronic kidney injury, refractory hypertension and renal transplantation. Prof Dwyer also has an interest in clinical research project specifically surrounding the diabetes arising post transplantation.
Associate Professor Shilpa Jesudason, MBBS, PhD, FRACP
A/Prof Jesudason is an academic nephrologist and Chair of the Clinical Research Group at the Royal Adelaide Hospital’s Central Northern Adelaide Renal and Transplant Service (CNARTS). Her clinical and research interests include Parenthood in Patients with Kidney Disease. She runs a state-wide obstetric nephrology service for preconception counselling, antenatal and postnatal care for women with all stages of CKD in pregnancy. She is the immediate past Clinical Director of Kidney Health Australia (2017-20) and co-led the development and delivery of the National Strategic Action Plan for Kidney Disease, the KHA Youth Program State of the Nation report and National Consensus Statement for the Care of Youth with CKD, and the KHA Yarning Kidneys Indigenous Consultations program. She is Co-chair of the Consumer and Community Engagement working group for the National Indigenous Kidney Transplantation Taskforce.
Professor Andrew Mallett, MBBS MMed PhD CF AFRACMA FASN FRACP
Prof Mallett is an Adult Nephrologist with a special interest in genetic kidney disease and nephrogenetics. Having been a Churchill Fellow and an RACP Foundation Jacquot Research Establishment Fellow, he has a strongly emerging clinical and research profile in this field. Currently Professor of Medicine (JCU) and Clinical Fellow (IMB at UQ), Prof Mallett is also National Director of the KidGen Collaborative, and, Director of Clinical Research and Nephrologist (Townsville University Hospital). He is committed to improving the understanding of inherited kidney disease as well as the clinical care and outcomes of Australians affected by it.
Debbie Pugh, MN (Clin nursing) RN
Debbie is a chronic kidney disease Clinical Nurse Consultant. She has over 30 years of experience working in renal medicine both in Australia and the UK. Debbie is currently the chronic kidney disease clinical nurse consultant (CKD-CNC) for the Illawarra Shoalhaven local health district (ISLHD). Debbie helps to raise the awareness of chronic kidney disease in the community and general practice and is the link between primary care and the nephrology team at ISLHD.
Dr Kelly Lambert
Dr Kelly Lambert is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian with qualifications in knowledge translation, health economics and management, and two decades of experience as a renal dietitian and a doctorate investigating health literacy and cognitive impairment in end stage kidney disease. Dr Lambert is the Academic Program Director for the Nutrition and Dietetics Program at the University of Wollongong. Dr Lambert’s research interests are intended to support people with kidney disease to live better lives and to progress the science about developing better patient education materials.
Carla Scuderi, BPharm M Clin Pharm
Carla Scuderi a pharmacist with over 20 years’ experience. Currently the Pharmacist Team Leader for the Kidney Health Service at Royal Brisbane and Women's hospital, she is also a course coordinator in the University of Queensland postgraduate Clinical Pharmacy Program. Carla is the chair of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists Nephrology special interest group and is a member of the CARI guidelines steering committee. Her previous roles include being a Home Medicines Review pharmacist, a community pharmacy manager and owner, a Quality Use of Medicine facilitator for the National Prescribing Service and GP, and pharmacist clinical educator. An emerging researcher, Carla is currently undertaking a PhD investigating microsampling and the pharmacist’s role in kidney transplant care. Carla is a passionate advocate for patient centered care.
Dr Pradeep Mishra, MB BS, CCT, AFRACMA, MSc(Diabetes), PGDip (Endocrinology)
Pradeep is the Director of Medical Services & Executive Manager Medical and Health Services for Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Corporation in Northern Territory with over 17 years’ experience in primary care services across the UK and Australia. He holds postgraduate qualifications and experience in delivery of primary care comprehensive diabetes services. Pradeep has served as a member of the Queensland Statewide Clinical Renal Network and is a member of NT Clinical Senate and NTPHN Central Australia Clinical Council. He is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer with James Cook University. He is an advocate for community control of healthcare services in regional and remote areas of Australia with greater autonomy in commissioning of essential health care services.
Shyam has a lived experience of kidney disease and is a kidney transplant recipient. He is one of the founding members of the KHA’s National Kidney Consumer Council. Shyam coordinates and leads the National Kidney Consumer Research Network of approximately 60 passionate kidney consumers with lived experience of kidney disease in Australia, to be involved kidney disease research. He works as consumer engagement officer for the Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry. He is leading the Registry’s consumer-related activities and devotes his time and effort to advancing consumer participation in kidney disease research and educating researchers about effective consumer engagement in research by addressing patient priorities.
Dr Venna Roberts
Dr Roberts is a nephrologist with 10 years of clinical experience in all aspects of nephrology including dialysis and transplantation. She currently works at St Vincent’s Hospital and also provide kidney care to patients in Sale, country Victoria. She has completed a PhD in investigating the role of the adenosine pathway in acute and chronic kidney disease and am involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. Dr Roberts says it is a privilege to journey with patients living with kidney disease and it challenges her to do more to improve their experience.
Dr Anne Durkan
Dr Durkan is a Paediatric Nephrologist at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead in Sydney. She was previously a consultant at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust in London, after completing nephrology training in the UK, Australia and Canada. She has an interest in medical education and is the immediate past chair of the Advanced Training Committee in nephrology. She is currently on the Nephrology Curriculum Review Committee. Her clinical interests included transplantation in children and antenatal/neonatal renal issues.