ANZDATA Working Groups in relation to specific areas of registry activity:
- Guide direction of data collection
- Maximise the scientific output of the registry by overseeing reporting and research
- Provide recommendation to the ANZDATA Advisory Committee on further development of registry activities and outputs
Specific Functions of Working Groups
ANZDATA working groups are charged with the responsibilities of:
- Annual review of what data is captured by the ANZDATA survey
- Promotion of research within their area:
- Generation of ideas/data analysis/publication and presentation
- Fielding queries/applications/suggestions for research from ANZDATA contributors outside the working group and, where deemed appropriate, facilitating such research whether that be carried out by the persons making the request, by the working group, or by a combination of the two.
- Providing an annual report of their research activity to the Chairman
- Production of the relevant chapter(s) for the Annual Report – primarily the responsibility of the Convener/Manager of the working group.
- Presentation of data/analyses at society meetings
As such, membership offers significant rewards (involvement in ANZDATA, collaboration, publication and presentation opportunities) but demands significant input (participation in teleconferences and/or meetings several times per year, responsibility for research output, responsibility for the ANZDATA data acquisition process).
Desirable attributes of working group members
To maximize “functionality” of the groups, ANZDATA requires that a group be comprised of 3-5 members and a group convener/manager. Members need to be good communicators and able to work in a team. A track record of significant research output and expertise relevant to the working group’s area is a desirable pre-requisite and ideally each working group member should provide skills that are complementary to those of the other members. Familiarity and ideally experience with ANZDATA, or similar large databases, is an advantage. Skills, experience, enthusiasm and ability to work in a group are deemed at least if not more important than issues such as geographical representation.
Tenure is for a single term of 3 years with an option to extend for a second term of 3 years, if agreeable to the individual and other members of the working group.
Expressions of Interest
Expressions of interest (EOI) can be sent to the Registry at any time or at the request of a working group Convenor. We also advertisements of an EOI request via the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology (ANZSN) newsletter. Advance Trainees are also welcome to put forward their interest.
Please email your interest, including a one-page application outlining the basis of your interest, relevant skills, a suggestion for a research topic for the work group, your track record, plus CV to the Registry Manager for forwarding to the working group Convenor. The Convenor will then recommend a chosen individual to the ANZDATA Steering Group for ratification.