Thirty years of paediatric liver transplants celebrated at Liver Kids Australia Conference

Top specialists will celebrate thirty years of Australian paediatric liver transplants at the inaugural Liver Kids Australia Conference and Family Day. The conference will be held at the Taronga Centre on 9 July, and is the first event of its kind in the country.

Founder of Liver Kids Australia, Claire Leonard-Matthews says the conference is the first major step toward building a national peer support network for those whose lives have been impacted by childhood liver disease and liver transplant.

“The conference is a chance to continue developing a much needed community amongst these families. Childhood liver disease has a low profile that needs to be raised, with approximately 1 in 10,000 Australian children born with a liver disease each year. This is an unbelievably exciting day for Liver Kids Australia, but more importantly for patients born with a liver disease”, she says.

Leading liver surgeon and pioneer, Dr Albert Shun will be attending the conference as keynote speaker. Dr Shun leads the team at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead that has performed over 300 transplants in the past 30 years – the highest number in Australia.

Dr Shun believes the conference is a great platform to celebrate the many developments and achievements in paediatric liver transplants.

“As we celebrate thirty years of paediatric liver transplants in Australia in 2016, the Liver Kids Australia Conference is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the progress of liver transplants in children and the many successful outcomes across the country that we see today,” he says.

The conference also includes presentations from Australia’s leading paediatric pain management physician, Dr Angela McKenzie and one of Australia’s top paediatric hepatologists, Dr Michael Stormon and DonateLife NSW State Medical Director, Dr Elena Cavazzoni.

The Liver Kids Australia Conference and Family Day is supported by the Organ and Tissue Authority (OTA). DonateLife Week (31 July to 7 August) is Australia’s national awareness week dedicated to promoting organ and tissue donation and is led by OTA. This DonateLife Week Australians are being urged to join the Australian Organ Donor Register (AODR) online to help end the wait for those in need of life-saving transplant.

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