About the Department of Nephrology

The Monash Health Department of Nephrology is one of the largest nephrology departments in Australia. We deliver nephrology services throughout the south-eastern metropolitan region of Melbourne, extending into Gippsland, across nine sites in eleven locations. The Department comprises over 400 staff, with the full of range of renal treatment provided to patients across five sites and nine units. Renal treatment includes acute care in the 22 bed renal ward 34 south, haemodialysis (in centre, home and satellite modalities), peritoneal dialysis, pre-dialysis, supportive care and kidney and pancreas transplantation. It also includes a research laboratory and a clinical research unit. Both research units are world renowned.

Some information about the bus: The big red kidney bus is (believed to be) a world-first project. It was established in March 2014 from a partnership with the Department of Health Victoria, La Trobe Valley Bus Lines, Kidney Health Australia and Monash Health. In essence, a metropolitan sized bus has been fitted out and is now a mobile dialysis unit, so patients can receive their dialysis treatments and have a holiday at the same time.

Services included:

• We have 700 transplanted patients and do 90 transplants per year
• We treat over 570 all modality dialysis patients which is on the increase.
• Monash Health metro Haemo units (have capacity to) dialyse 272 patients three times a week, per year. Add in the four associated rural units (Hastings, Traralgon, Warragul and Wonthaggi (90 patients), and its 362 patients dialysed annually or 56,472 treatments per year.

Renal Post Graduate Course

  • The Renal Post Grad Course is a year program which offered at Department of Nephrology, Monash Health through Australian Catholic University (ACU).
  • All candidate are required to have at least a year experience in Renal Nursing or in an acute speciality setting with interest in Renal Nursing
  • The intake for the course and interviews commences in the Month of October/November and course begins mid-February each year.
  • Successful Candidates are advised to enrol with ACU for the relevant units and the course commences February each year.
  • ACU offers four units within two semesters. Candidates can enrol one unit per semester as per advice from ACU.
  • The Candidates are offered one year contract with Monash Health for their clinical placements which is 0.6 EFT (3 days per week).
  • Clinical placements rotations are offered across all our sites; Clayton, Moorabbin, Dandenong Home Dialysis and Casey (this means candidates need to rotate between units to acquire experience in variety of renal settings)
  • Candidates are given five paid study days per semester for their study requirements and to complete required assessments.
  • Monash Health does not fund for the ACU units but candidates can apply for grants to the relevant authorities.
  • For further enquiries please contact the Clinical Nurse Educator or Nurse Unit Managers (details provided over the page).

Contact Details

Clinical Nurse Educator

Ignatius (Iggy) Abraham

Email: Ignatius.Abraham@monashhealth.org

Ph: (03) 9594 3532

Mob: 043333 8658

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