Nephrology is one of the first 6 Advanced Training (AT) specialties to undertake the AT Curricula Renewal specialty development process.

The Advanced Training Committee (ATC) in Nephrology established a Curriculum Review Group to develop a new curriculum for nephrology.


Consultation closed

Consultation on the new nephrology curriculum has now closed. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback. The Curriculum Review Group will consider the feedback and revise the curriculum accordingly. The consultation drafts of the new curriculum can be accessed below.

The new curriculum

At a glance (PDF) – high level overview of the new curriculum

Draft curriculum standards (PDF) – outlines what trainees need to learn

Specialty program handbook (PDF) – how trainees are going to demonstrate their learning

Curriculum Review Group responsibilities

The Group's responsibilities are to:

  • evaluate the current state of the training program and make recommendations about how it can be improved
  • design and develop a draft new curriculum according to the RACP curriculum model, including curriculum standards and learning, teaching and assessment programs
  • plan a consultation on the new curriculum, including mapping relevant stakeholders
  • review the draft curriculum and make recommendations for changes in response to stakeholder feedback
  • draft a plan for implementing the new curriculum


The Group has representation from trainees, a new Fellow, Aotearoa New Zealand members, paediatric nephrologists, the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology (ANZSN) and the Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ).


A/Prof Rob MacGinley FRACP | Chair
Rob is a staff nephrologist and general physician at Eastern Health Clinical School, Monash University. He's an Adjunct Associate Professor at Monash University. Rob’s clinical interests include chronic kidney disease, dialysis and hypertension. He has a strong interest in medical education and recently took a 6-month sabbatical to focus on renewing the nephrology curriculum. His research interests include influence of diet and novel medications on diabetic nephropathy, anaemia of chronic kidney disease and hypertension.


Dr Eric H.K Au FRACP | Member
New Fellow representative
Eric is a transplant nephrologist at Westmead Hospital in Sydney and a clinical lecturer at the University of Sydney. Eric is also undertaking a PhD at the Centre for Kidney Research.


Dr Phil Clayton FRACP | Member
Phil is a senior consultant nephrologist and epidemiologist at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. He completed his clinical nephrology training in 2010 at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. He then worked as the Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant (ANZDATA) Registry Epidemiology Fellow, concurrently completing a Masters degree in Clinical Epidemiology followed by a PhD in kidney transplant epidemiology. In 2015 he moved to Adelaide to take up his current clinical role and a leadership position with ANZDATA.

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Dr Liz Curry FRACP | Member
Aotearoa New Zealand representative
Liz is a general nephrologist at Auckland City Hospital. She has clinical interests in kidney stones, CKD and haemodialysis. Liz has been involved in setting-up a new metabolic stone assessment clinic in Auckland. She has a post-graduate certificate in clinical education and is the Director of Physician Education for Auckland City Hospital. Liz is the chair of the Aotearoa New Zealand Nephrology Advanced Training Sub-committee.


Dr Amanda Dickens FRACP | Member
Paediatric, New Fellow and Aotearoa New Zealand representative
Amanda is a paediatric nephrologist at Starship Children’s Health in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Dr Anne Durkan FRACP | Member
Paediatric representative
Anne is a senior staff specialist at The Children's Hospital at Westmead and Clinical Senior Lecturer at The University of Sydney. She completed an MD doctoral thesis on the renal distribution and regulation of the chemokine CX3CL1. Anne is the immediate past chair of the nephrology Advanced Training Committee and was previously the committee’s lead for site accreditation. She's a member of the NSW Transplant Advisory Committee.

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Prof Zoltan Endre FRACP, FASN | Member
Zoltan has been the Head of Nephrology at the Prince of Wales Hospital since 2012. Zoltan’s clinical interests are in acute and chronic kidney disease (AKI and CKD), fluid and electrolyte disorders and hypertension. He is Professor of Medicine in the Prince of Wales Clinical School at the University of New South Wales and Honorary Professor of Medicine at the University of Queensland and the University of Otago-Christchurch in New Zealand.


Prof David Johnson FRACP | Member
David is Director of Metro South Integrated Nephrology and Transplant Service and Medical Director of Queensland Kidney Transplant Service at Princess Alexandra Hospital. He is Professor of Medicine and Professor of Population Health at University of Queensland and Director of the Centre for Kidney Disease Research. David has several international leadership responsibilities, including Co-Chair of the International Society of Nephrology Global Kidney Health Atlas Project.


Dr Nick Larkins FRACP | Member
Nick specialises in childhood kidney disease and hypertension and works at Perth Children’s Hospital as a consultant nephrologist. He graduated from the University of Western Australia with Honours in 2005 before specialising in paediatric nephrology. He completed a clinical fellowship at British Columbia Children’s Hospital and trained at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. He holds a Master of Medicine in Clinical Epidemiology and PhD from the University of Sydney.

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Dr Grant Luxton FRACP | Member
Grant is a general and transplant nephrologist at Prince of Wales. He holds the following positions: member of National Examining Panel of RACP, Chair of Advanced Training Committee of RACP and conjoint senior lecturer UNSW.


Dr William Majoni FRACP | Member
William is a senior staff specialist and Director of Renal Service at the Royal Darwin and Palmerston Hospitals in the Northern Territory and, until recently, the clinical dean for Flinders University Northern Territory Medical Program. He heads the renal transplantation service within the Top End Health Service. His work includes randomised control trials in renal and cardiovascular diseases, the epidemiology of renal, cardiovascular, and infectious diseases and Indigenous health.

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Prof Lawrence McMahon FRACP | Member
Lawrence is Director of the Department of Renal Medicine and Obstetric Medicine at Eastern Health and Professor of Nephrology at Monash University. He is Past-President of the Society of Obstetric Medicine of Australia and New Zealand. From 2000 to 2003 he was coordinator of Advanced Physician Training at Western Health and from 2004 to 2008 Director of the Greater Western Physician Training Consortium.

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Dr Caroline Milton FRACP | Member
Caroline is a staff specialist in Nephrology and Director of Peritoneal Dialysis at Flinders Medical Centre. She is the Regional Coordinator for the RACP Divisional Clinical Examination and a current examiner. She is an adjunct lecturer at Flinders University of South Australia. Caroline is Coordinator of Advanced Training on the Advanced Training Committee in Nephrology and represents the Advanced Training Committee in Nephrology on the Adult Medical Division Education Committee.


Dr Melissa Nataatmadja FRACP | Member
New Fellow representative
Melissa is a Nephrologist at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital. She spent time working in Vancouver, Canada as an Advanced Trainee and Home Dialysis Fellow. Melissa has published journal articles on dialysis and health care outcomes for patients and has presented her work at national and international conferences. She is currently undertaking a PhD focussed on improving outcomes and reducing burden of home dialysis therapies.


Dr Matthew Rowlandson FRACP | Member
Trainee representative
Matthew is a new Fellow and is currently working as a nephrologist at John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle, NSW. He is a conjoint fellow with the University of Newcastle.


Dr Emily See FRACP | Member
Emily is a Critical Care Nephrologist at Austin Health and the Royal Melbourne Hospital and a Senior Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Critical Care, University of Melbourne. She holds a Master of Medical Statistics degree from the University of Oxford and is completing a PhD examining the long-term sequelae of acute kidney injury. Her clinical and research interests centre around acute kidney injury, continuous renal replacement therapy and care of the critically ill transplant or dialysis patient.


Prof Rob Walker FRACP | Member
Aotearoa New Zealand representative
Rob is a senior academic nephrologist in Aotearoa New Zealand with extensive experience in clinical and experimental nephrology research with an emphasis on cardiovascular risk factors in chronic kidney disease and hypertension. He is Director of the Kidney in Health and Disease Research group based at the University of Otago. He has been actively involved in nephrology teaching for over 30 years.


Dr David Thomas FRACP | Advisor from RACP Curriculum Advisory Group
David is a general paediatrician and Head of General Medicine at Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide. He completed a Masters in Education. David has been involved extensively in College committees, most recently as Co-Chair of the working group reviewing the Basic Training Curricula, Chair of the Paediatrics & Child Health Division Education Committee and as a member of the College Education Committee.


Dr Grace Leo | Advisor from RACP Curriculum Advisory Group
Trainee representative
Grace is a Paediatric Registrar at Sydney Children’s Hospital. She has a special interest in innovative medical education and is an advocate for improving learning opportunities and experiences for trainees. Grace is an Executive Team Member for the non-profit, independent paediatric acute care educational group, Don’t Forget the Bubbles.

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