MEET THE TEAM OF EXPERTS BEHIND THE PROGRAM 

Dr. Deidre Hahn is a Paediatric Nephrologist at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Her clinical interests include dialysis and transplantation in children, physical activity in children with chronic kidney disease and lupus nephritis.
Dr. Mirna Vucak-Dzhumer is a Staff Specialist Nephrologist for Blacktown, Westmead and Auburn Hospitals. She is Conjoint Senior Lecturer for the University of Western Sydney and the University of Notre Dame. Mirna is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Her interest lies in renal bone disease.
Dr. Kirsty Morris is a Consultation-Liaison Psychiatrist at the Professor Marie Bashir Centre at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
A/Prof Germaine Wong is a senior transplant specialist at the Westmead Hospital. She is also a post-doctoral cancer research fellow at the School of Public Health, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney. Her main area of interests include: cancer epidemiology in the chronic kidney disease populations, decision analytical modelling and quality of life studies in people with cancer and chronic kidney disease.
Richard Allen is Professor of Transplantation Surgery with a longstanding professional affiliation at Westmead Hospital, and until recently was also Director of Transplantation Services at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. As a transplant surgeon and one of the architects of the Paired Kidney Exchange Program, Professor Allen is passionate about making transplantation more accessible to all Australians.
Katie Marks (BSc Nutr, Hons) is a Paediatric Dietitian at the Children’s Hospital Westmead. She has worked with renal transplant patients for 7+ years, and with liver transplant patients for 8+ years, working with families to encourage healthy eating patterns and optimise growth both pre and post-transplant.
Kelly is a Carer Support Officer at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, (The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network) and has worked at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead for over 8 years in the Carer Support Program. Kelly has a Associate Diploma in Social Science (Child Studies) and has a passion for making things better for Carers and the ones that they look after.
Professor Jeremy Chapman is a senior transplant surgeon and nephrologist at the Westmead Hospital. Prof Chapman displays vast clinical experience as Westmead Hospital’s clinical director of Medicine and Cancer, as well as the director of the Western Renal Services, chair of the Westmead Research Committee and member of the board of Western Sydney Local Health District. In 2015, Prof Chapman received the Order of Australia for his service to the industry.
Sheridan Collins (BSC PgDipNutDiet) is a Paediatric Dietitian at the Children’s Hospital Westmead. She has worked for over 10 years in Renal Nutrition, promoting healthy eating to meet the needs for growth and development in children before and after renal transplant. She aims to encourage in children a love and enjoyment of food and family meals as part of an active lifestyle.
Arian Chong is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Senior Renal Dietitian at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. She graduated from Bachelor of Science (Nutrition) at the University of Sydney and has extensive experience in the nutritional management of chronic kidney disease, dialysis and kidney transplant. She regularly provides renal nutrition lectures and talks to students and other health professionals.
Beena is the Area Renal Social Worker for the Western Renal Service. She provides social work support to renal patients across the Western Sydney and Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health Districts. Whilst her role is predominantly with the pre-dialysis program she supports renal patients throughout their journey. She has a keen interest in groupwork and currently facilitates 3 support groups for patients on dialysis.
Renal specialist pharmacist at Westmead Hospital for over 10 years. Creditials: B.Pharm, Grad Cert in Health Sciene (edu.), both at Sydney University.
Carissa Maroney is a dietician at the Heart Lung Transplant unit at the St Vincent Hospital.
Helen Vidot has been working in the area of liver disease and liver transplantation since the Australian National Liver Transplant Unit first started thirty years ago. Helen is currently undertaking a PhD and is investigating a number of areas which affect patient care and wellbeing. She is a keen advocate for her patients and has published on fasting practices in a liver transplant ward and a systematic review on the management of muscle cramps in patients with cirrhosis with more to come.
Dr Robert Gribble is a Consultation-Liaison Psychiatrist at the Professor Marie Bashir Centre at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

THE PROJECT TEAM

‘Living With Your Transplant’ was initiated and conceptualised by Chandana Guha. Chandana was the Project Manager/Coordinator who compiled material from Australia’s leading transplantation and healthcare specialists. Conducting independent research which was reviewed by medical professionals, Chandana was responsible for much of the written content contained in LWYT. Chandana is a statistician with experience in the Learning & Development field. As a parent of a child with a kidney transplant, she applied her life experiences in the development of this project.
‘Living With Your Transplant’ was initiated and conceptualised by Chandana Guha. Chandana was the Project Manager/Coordinator who compiled material from Australia’s leading transplantation and healthcare specialists. Conducting independent research which was reviewed by medical professionals, Chandana was responsible for much of the written content contained in LWYT. Chandana is a statistician with experience in the Learning & Development field. As a parent of a child with a kidney transplant, she applied her life experiences in the development of this project.
‘Living With Your Transplant’ was initiated and conceptualised by Chandana Guha. Chandana was the Project Manager/Coordinator who compiled material from Australia’s leading transplantation and healthcare specialists. Conducting independent research which was reviewed by medical professionals, Chandana was responsible for much of the written content contained in LWYT. Chandana is a statistician with experience in the Learning & Development field. As a parent of a child with a kidney transplant, she applied her life experiences in the development of this project.
‘Living With Your Transplant’ was initiated and conceptualised by Chandana Guha. Chandana was the Project Manager/Coordinator who compiled material from Australia’s leading transplantation and healthcare specialists. Conducting independent research which was reviewed by medical professionals, Chandana was responsible for much of the written content contained in LWYT. Chandana is a statistician with experience in the Learning & Development field. As a parent of a child with a kidney transplant, she applied her life experiences in the development of this project.
‘Living With Your Transplant’ was initiated and conceptualised by Chandana Guha. Chandana was the Project Manager/Coordinator who compiled material from Australia’s leading transplantation and healthcare specialists. Conducting independent research which was reviewed by medical professionals, Chandana was responsible for much of the written content contained in LWYT. Chandana is a statistician with experience in the Learning & Development field. As a parent of a child with a kidney transplant, she applied her life experiences in the development of this project.
‘Living With Your Transplant’ was initiated and conceptualised by Chandana Guha. Chandana was the Project Manager/Coordinator who compiled material from Australia’s leading transplantation and healthcare specialists. Conducting independent research which was reviewed by medical professionals, Chandana was responsible for much of the written content contained in LWYT. Chandana is a statistician with experience in the Learning & Development field. As a parent of a child with a kidney transplant, she applied her life experiences in the development of this project.
‘Living With Your Transplant’ was initiated and conceptualised by Chandana Guha. Chandana was the Project Manager/Coordinator who compiled material from Australia’s leading transplantation and healthcare specialists. Conducting independent research which was reviewed by medical professionals, Chandana was responsible for much of the written content contained in LWYT. Chandana is a statistician with experience in the Learning & Development field. As a parent of a child with a kidney transplant, she applied her life experiences in the development of this project.
‘Living With Your Transplant’ was initiated and conceptualised by Chandana Guha. Chandana was the Project Manager/Coordinator who compiled material from Australia’s leading transplantation and healthcare specialists. Conducting independent research which was reviewed by medical professionals, Chandana was responsible for much of the written content contained in LWYT. Chandana is a statistician with experience in the Learning & Development field. As a parent of a child with a kidney transplant, she applied her life experiences in the development of this project.
‘Living With Your Transplant’ was initiated and conceptualised by Chandana Guha. Chandana was the Project Manager/Coordinator who compiled material from Australia’s leading transplantation and healthcare specialists. Conducting independent research which was reviewed by medical professionals, Chandana was responsible for much of the written content contained in LWYT. Chandana is a statistician with experience in the Learning & Development field. As a parent of a child with a kidney transplant, she applied her life experiences in the development of this project.
‘Living With Your Transplant’ was initiated and conceptualised by Chandana Guha. Chandana was the Project Manager/Coordinator who compiled material from Australia’s leading transplantation and healthcare specialists. Conducting independent research which was reviewed by medical professionals, Chandana was responsible for much of the written content contained in LWYT. Chandana is a statistician with experience in the Learning & Development field. As a parent of a child with a kidney transplant, she applied her life experiences in the development of this project.
‘Living With Your Transplant’ was initiated and conceptualised by Chandana Guha. Chandana was the Project Manager/Coordinator who compiled material from Australia’s leading transplantation and healthcare specialists. Conducting independent research which was reviewed by medical professionals, Chandana was responsible for much of the written content contained in LWYT. Chandana is a statistician with experience in the Learning & Development field. As a parent of a child with a kidney transplant, she applied her life experiences in the development of this project.
‘Living With Your Transplant’ was initiated and conceptualised by Chandana Guha. Chandana was the Project Manager/Coordinator who compiled material from Australia’s leading transplantation and healthcare specialists. Conducting independent research which was reviewed by medical professionals, Chandana was responsible for much of the written content contained in LWYT. Chandana is a statistician with experience in the Learning & Development field. As a parent of a child with a kidney transplant, she applied her life experiences in the development of this project.
‘Living With Your Transplant’ was initiated and conceptualised by Chandana Guha. Chandana was the Project Manager/Coordinator who compiled material from Australia’s leading transplantation and healthcare specialists. Conducting independent research which was reviewed by medical professionals, Chandana was responsible for much of the written content contained in LWYT. Chandana is a statistician with experience in the Learning & Development field. As a parent of a child with a kidney transplant, she applied her life experiences in the development of this project.
‘Living With Your Transplant’ was initiated and conceptualised by Chandana Guha. Chandana was the Project Manager/Coordinator who compiled material from Australia’s leading transplantation and healthcare specialists. Conducting independent research which was reviewed by medical professionals, Chandana was responsible for much of the written content contained in LWYT. Chandana is a statistician with experience in the Learning & Development field. As a parent of a child with a kidney transplant, she applied her life experiences in the development of this project.
Jessica is a qualified journalist, editor and writer with a background in media, PR and campaign work. With tertiary qualifications, including a Graduate Cert. in Marketing, from Griffith University and Southern Cross University, Jessica is the former National Marketing & Communications Manager at Transplant Australia. She took over as Project Manager of ‘Living With Your Transplant’ in December 2017 for the proofing, editing and design phases. Her expertise in media and journalism were key to the delivery of this project.
Jessica is a qualified journalist, editor and writer with a background in media, PR and campaign work. With tertiary qualifications, including a Graduate Cert. in Marketing, from Griffith University and Southern Cross University, Jessica is the former National Marketing & Communications Manager at Transplant Australia. She took over as Project Manager of ‘Living With Your Transplant’ in December 2017 for the proofing, editing and design phases. Her expertise in media and journalism were key to the delivery of this project.