Acknowledging valuable support

July 14 2014

Credibility is crucial to any campaign and at Green Dialysis we must thank the many people who have added their voices and support to our efforts to establish dialysis practices that not only benefit patients and healthcare professionals, but also protect and nurture our precious natural environment.

Among those who deserve special thanks are Sarah Brown, Dori Schatell, Jitka Pancirová, Jürgen Kastl, Lisa Fitzpatrick, Rachel Stancliffe and Fresenius Medical Care, who are all advocates for Green Dialysis and feature on our Opinions page where they acknowledge our work to reduce the environmental toll of dialysis.

Sarah Brown is CEO of  Australia’s Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation, an indigenous community-based dialysis service for six communities across Central Australia. The corporation’s mobile dialysis unit, which has the nickname the purple truck, journeys to remote indigenous communities in Western Australia, the Northern Territory and South Australia where it supports more than 100 dialysis patients. The corporation received an excellence in accessible communities award in the 2013 National Disability Awards.

Dori Schatell, Executive Director of the non-profit Medical Education Institute in the USA, has worked in the renal field for more than quarter of a century and has written and edited more than 200 educational papers for both patients and professionals. In her role as the Medical Education Institute’s executive director, Dori oversees the institute’s work researching and developing evidence-based educational materials to help people with kidney disease live full lives. She has a BA in Psychology and History of Medicine and an MS in Child and Family Studies, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Jitka Pancirová, EDTNA/ERCA Executive Director, Prague, Fresenius Medical Care, Hong Kong, and Jürgen Kastl, Senior Marketing Manager CHD, are editors of A Practical Guide to Reduce the Environmental Burden of Dialysis, an invaluable  publication providing information, references and recommendations to help reduce the environmental impact of dialysis services.

Lisa Fitzpatrick, State Secretary of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, has more than three decades’ experience in the health field and is a long-time campaigner for the care of patients with chronic conditions such as kidney disease.

Rachel Stancliffe, Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, United Kingdom, has a Human Sciences degree (Oxford) and a Master’s degree in demography and epidemiology from the London School of Economics. She has worked in public health initiatives in the UK, Georgia and Kazakhstan before helping to develop The Cochrane Library during the first decade of its life. Rachel is the current director and founder of the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare who have developed one of the first dedicated green nephrology network programs in the world.  This network brings together, clinicians, patients, technicians and industry partners to share ideas for sustainable kidney care.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to know more about Green Dialysis and our supporters.

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