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By October 12, 2021October 22nd, 20216 Comments



Covid-19 UPDATE for transplant recipients and waiting list patients

The Australian transplant community is to be congratulated for embracing the need for Covid-19 vaccination and taking individual responsibility for personal safety measures. However, the planned easing of restrictions is posing new challenges, particularly in NSW and Victoria, and then more broadly as we all move around Australia and abroad. This important online WEBINAR meeting hosted by Transplant Australia for transplant recipients, waiting-list patients and their families, will address the questions that need answers.

Date:  Wednesday 3rd November 2021
Time:  7.00 to 8:15 pm (SYD, VIC, TAS), 6.30pm (SA) QLD 6pm, 5.30pm (NT) and 4.00pm (WA)

Key Topics

  • Effectiveness of vaccinations in transplant recipients and waiting-list patients
  • Need for and timing of booster vaccinations – the latest Australian advice
  • The clinical and psychological toll of Covid-19 infection in Australian transplant recipients
  • Emerging treatments for Covid-19 infection in Australia
  • Challenges when the states and Australia open borders
  • Importance of family, friends and peer groups
  • Telemedicine and education by video conferencing likely to be here to stay
  • Clinical research options in Australia

Facilitator: Toby Coates AO – Director of Renal Medicine, Royal Adelaide


  • Prof Steve Chadban, Director of Renal Medicine, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney Royal Adelaide Hospital, and Co-chair, TSANZ/AOTA Covid-19 Taskforce
  • Prof Germaine Wong, Director of Renal Medicine, Westmead Hospital, Sydney
  • A/Prof Simone Strasser, Transplant Hepatologist, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, and Past President of the Gastroenterology Society of Australia

Panel Discussion follows with the presenters and including:

  • Professor Peter Macdonald AC, Director of Cardiac Transplantation, St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney
  • Professor Greg Snell, Director of Lung Transplantation, The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne

If you have any questions for the panel, please email before the meeting.





Mental Wellbeing for Transplant Recipients

An important online discussion panel for transplant recipients.

Date: Wednesday 20th October.
Time: 7.30pm (NSW,VIC,TAS) 7pm (SA) 6pm (NT) and 4.30pm (WA)
Register: :

Key Topics include dealing with:

  • Survive Guilt
  • Medication side effects – Getting depressed or angry
  • Social engagements
  • Ongoing medical issues
  • Emerging out of lockdown
  • Relationships

This will be run in Q&A format so if you have any questions, please email before the meeting.

All questions and names will be confidential.


Katherine De Maria is a Clinical Psychologist from Brisbane, Australia. She has diverse experience working in public health in a major tertiary hospital, adult mental health and in private practice. Katherine has a special interest in fostering behavioural change and supporting the psychological wellbeing of people living with chronic illness.


Cathy Martin is a Senior Social Worker at the Princess Alexandra Hospital Metro South (PAH) in Brisbane, where she has worked since 1996.

Since graduating in Social Work during the 1980’s, individual, relationship and family work has been the focus of Cathy’s practice at organisations including Relationships Australia and Centacare and in the areas of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Kidney and Liver Transplantation in both Victoria and Queensland.

Cathy has post graduate qualification in Bioethics and training in solution-focused brief counselling. In addition to leading the Chronic Diseases Social Work Team at Princess Alexandra Hospital, Cathy provides occasional university field supervision and consultation to a range of stakeholders.

Cathy is passionate about supporting patients draw from their own strength, resilience, and abilities to move towards the outcomes that matter most to them.

Join the discussion 6 Comments

  • Mark Pinner says:

    Mark.Pinner decompensated liver Desease 15 months. Some great reading. Am always looking for an answer, will i get a transplant if i need one. Understanding the processes of being legible for a liver. My life has changed so much, even in sickness i feel positive. Thankyou.

  • Kevin frahm says:

    I am 90 years old. I gave my daughter a kidney in Sydney prince Henry hospital in 1956-7. My doctors were Dr Farnsworth and Dr Jeremy and Professor Mernahan. My health is going good for my age. The first live donor transplant on the east coast Australia.

  • Sandra de Lange says:

    I look forward to joining in this zoom being a recipient of a kidney and pancreas transplant for 15 years.
    Thank you

  • John Egan says:

    Carly & John Egan Tasmania, i received my transplant January 2020 at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, my amazing wife being my donor & we were in the paired exchange program with New Zealand right as covid appeared, thanks to Emma & many others at RMH we got our lives back, helping others at the start of the journey would be an honor. Love you all RMH..

  • Margaret Hamilton says:

    I am an altruistic kidney donor of 13 years ago at R.P.A in Sydney. Now 82 years old, have swum at the last transplant games in Sydney for 3 medals. Still love bing life to the fullest even in coronavirus

  • Margaret Hamilton says:

    I am an altruistic kidney donor of 13 years, now 82 years old. Swam in transplant games in Sydney for 3 medals . Still living life to the fullest even in coronavirus.

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