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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Prestigious national health science award for Menzies Director

Date posted: 27 March 2013

Menzies School of Health Research Director, Professor Alan Cass has been named the 2013 TJ Neale Award recipient by the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology (ANZSN). Professor Cass is one of Australia's leading kidney specialists. This prestigious award is recognition for his contributions to kidney health and advancing Indigenous health.

Treatment of kidney disease costs the health system more than $1 billion each year. The incidence of endstage kidney disease, where the kidneys fail and a person needs dialysis or a transplant to stay alive, is 10 times higher among Indigenous Australians than it is among non-Indigenous Australians.

ANZSN President, Professor Rowan Walker, said that Professor Cass was a deserving recipient of the award. 'The awards committee was impressed by the calibre of applicants,' he said. 'As a kidney specialist who has made outstanding contributions to kidney research in Australia, coupled with leadership in research with Indigenous populations, the awards committee identified Professor Cass as the outstanding figure.'

On receiving the award Professor Cass said he believes there is much more to be done 'The burden of kidney disease amongst Indigenous Australians remains extremely heavy. My clinical research is about being part of the solution - working with Indigenous researchers, patients and community organisations, as well as with health service providers and governments, to develop strategies and new models of care that improve health.'

Professor Cass has been involved in kidney health research for 15 years. He will present his research at the 2013 ANZSN annual scientific meeting in Brisbane in September.

Source: Menzies School of Health Research



Media contact: Richmond Hodgson
Menzies School of Health Research
Ph: (08) 8922 8598
Mob: 0408 128 099


Last updated: 27 March 2013
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