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- To establish a statewide system of data collection to measure current dialysis activity and capacity.
- To advise NSW Ministry of Health on strategies to better manage dialysis capacity across NSW, from avoiding risks to adequate provision of dialysis services.
- To assist in delaying onset of end-stage renal failure in at-risk groups.
- To support mechanisms to provide palliative care for patients with chronic renal disease through Renal Supportive Care Program.
- To establish strategies to address workforce needs.
- Introduction of the Renal Supportive Care Program.
- Development of a prevention strategy and proposed action plan for reducing progression to end-stage renal failure.
- Input to statewide planning, leading to improved access to dialysis facilities for rural and metropolitan patients since 2003.
- NSW services have doubled living-donor transplantation rates since 2003.
- Support of working groups to develop evidence-based best practice guidelines.
- Collaboration with HealthShare NSW to implement standardised dialysis purchasing procedures throughout NSW.
- Co-ordination of a state-based advanced trainee education program, available throughout Australasia.
- Centralised medical trainee recruitment process, supporting increased local nephrology trainee appointments.
- The Renal Network is represented on the national group advising Australian Council on Healthcare Standards on renal clinical indicators.
Renal Network Manager