Operations Committee

Hayley Candler

Hayley Candler, B. Psych (Hons), M. Couple & Family Therapy

Hayley is a Consumer Engagement Coordinator for the CRE-PACT, based at the Translational Research Institute (University of Queensland).

Hayley brings to the team experience in both clinical research and psychological practice having worked as a psychologist over a 7-year period, in both private practice and public health settings.

Hayley works within the realm of chronic kidney disease, assisting the work of the Australasian Kidney Trials Network’s (AKTNs) clinical research associates across all active trials.

Jasmin Mazis

Jasmin Mazis, BNurs, Grad Cert Onc Nurs, MPH.

Jasmin is the engagement project officer for South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), the Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry (ANZDATA) and the Central Northern Adelaide Renal and Transplantation Service.

Based in Adelaide- Kaurna Land, Jasmin has a range of healthcare and patient advocacy experience both in Australia and the UK.

Jasmin has a passion for consumer engagement and staff education and works to encourage consumer involvement across all stages of research in kidney disease.

Anastasia Hughes

Anastasia Hughes, BPH (Social Epi), Grad Cert Aboriginal Studies, Cert IV PM

Anastasia is a Research Assistant and Patient Engagement Officer with the Centre for Kidney Research at the University of Sydney – Dharawal Country.

Anastasia has a range of experience in health promotion and research and has an interest in improving health literacy to improve outcomes and experiences.

Amanda Sluiter

Amanda is degree-qualified in Medical Science and Reproductive Medicine.

Amanda Sluiter is a kidney transplant recipient and a research assistant. Amanda was first diagnosed with chronic kidney disease at the age of 18 and has undergone many procedures, treatments and medications in her journey, including Dialysis.

Amanda has consumer/research experience through being a co-chair for the consumer advisory panel for the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (PSANZ) and has a strong interest in improving patient outcomes by being the voice of the consumer in research.

Helen McLennan

Helen is a Research Assistant and Patient Engagement Officer.

Helen is enthusiastic about working as a Patient Engagement Office and Research Assistant with the wonderful team at Centre for Kidney Research. The team focus on patient-identified priorities in order to improve the lives of people living with chronic kidney disease.

Helen is grateful to have received a kidney transplant in 2011 after some time on Peritoneal Dialysis which was preceded by a slow decline in her kidney health.

Helen lives in regional NSW and is very aware of the travelling involved in accessing kidney care and the subsequent burden on finances, family, carers and ones’ own stamina, and particularly the need for more information and support. Helen is optimistic that with patient involvement many issues experienced by patients and their carers can be addressed.

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