Celebrating 50 years of kidney transplantation

Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick (SCH) and Prince of Wales Hospital (POWH), together with peers in nephrology and kidney transplant medicine nationally and internationally, will celebrate the milestone of 50 years since the first kidney transplant in NSW was performed at the Prince Henry Hospital, Little Bay - the second successful kidney transplant in Australia.

The Golden Jubilee of Kidney Transplantation and Nephrology for Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick and  Prince of Wales, invites staff and patients – past and present - to participate in the two-day program on 5 and 6 August, from 9am to 5pm, in the John Dwyer Lecture Theatre, Edmund Blacket Building, POWH.

In 1962, the Department of Nephrology was established at the Prince Henry Hospital, the first teaching hospital of the University of NSW. The department moved to the SCH and POWH site in 1998, and is now the longest continuously active kidney transplant service in NSW.

Throughout its 50 year history, the department has advocated a multidisciplinary team approach to patient care, and has pioneered many Australian firsts in nephrology medicine and kidney transplantation. It now hosts the Commonwealth Australian Paired Kidney Exchange Program and the most comprehensive kidney biomarker reference laboratory in Australia.

The event on 5 August will focus on the pioneering past and patient experience of the Department of Nephrology at SCH and POWH, inviting past and present patients to share their experiences and meet their clinical teams.

On 6 August, the program will be focused on the Department’s clinical excellence and future, with esteemed guest speakers in kidney transplant medicine, including Professor Sir Peter Morris, Centre for Evidence in Transplantation, University of Oxford. Click here to view the full schedule for the Clinical Program day on 6 August.

These celebrations will be coupled with fundraising efforts overseen by the POWH Foundation. These efforts aim to establish a $2 million Golden Jubilee Kidney Research Endowment to support ongoing novel research on the Randwick Hospital Campus. Research will focus on improving kidney function after transplantation and look into the early detection and prevention of kidney disease. 

For more information on the Golden Jubilee events or to register bookings for the Clinical Program on 6 August, contact: 612 + 9382 2022 or click here.