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Renal dialysis journey.

This year's Renal Society of Australasia (New Zealand branch) conference will focus on palliative care options for patients undergoing renal dialysis. Hosted by Northland District Health Board's (DHB) dialysis unit, the conference theme is Live and let die: A to Z of renal care planning. Northland was chosen to host the conference after holding it in Christchurch, as planned, proved impossible.

Nurse manager at Whangarei Hospital's renal unit, Cheryle Kiwi, says one of the goals of the conference is to encourage in-depth dialogue about developing a more planned pathway to end-of-life outcomes for renal dialysis patients. "Specifically, we wish to enable health professionals to move forward in the area of allowing natural death alongside ethical, medical and patient/whanau decision making. The journey alongside clients and whanau is full of challenges and often occurs over many years, until death. Here in Northland, we do not proclaim to be experts in palliative care, but we do have a unique relationship with clients and whanau throughout the client's journey."

Speakers at the conference include Otago University researcher and teaching fellow, Richard Egan, who will focus on spirituality care at the end-of-life, and renal physician Kay Logan who will explore what allowing natural death means and the legal implications. A presentation will also be given on how Northland DHB provided earthquake relief for 10 Christchurch haemodialysis patients in February last year.

Around 100 people are expected at the conference from November 9-10. For further information, email

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Title Annotation:NEWS AND EVENTS
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:8NEWZ
Date:Sep 1, 2012
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