Professor Alan Cass

Director

Qualifications:

PhD, University of Sydney, 2003; Graduate Diploma in Clinical Epidemiology, Newcastle University, 2000; Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 1998; Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, University of Sydney, 1989; Bachelor of Arts, University of Sydney, 1989.

Location:

Darwin - Royal Darwin Hospital campus

Biography:

Professor Alan Cass is a leading Australian kidney specialist with extensive experience in Aboriginal health. He is President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology (kidney specialists), a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, and a Board Member for the NT Heart Foundation, Australian Clinical Trials Alliance and Australian Spinal Cord Injury Network.

In 2003, Prof. Cass completed a Harkness Fellowship in health policy at Harvard University. He seeks to bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers, health providers, community organisations and government agencies to improve access to care and health outcomes for Indigenous Australians with kidney disease.

Professor Alan Cass
Research Themes
  1. Cass, A., Feyer, A.M., Brown, A., Snelling, P., & Howard, K. (2011). Central Australia Renal Study. Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing.
  2. Baigent, C., Landray, M.J., Reith, C., Emberson, J., Wheeler, D.C., Tomson, C., Wanner, C., Krane, V., Cass, A., et al. (2011).The effects of lowering LDL cholesterol with simvastatin plus ezetimibe in patients with chronic kidney disease (Study of Heart and Renal Protection): A randomised placebo-controlled trial. The Lancet, 377(9784), 2181-2192.
  3. Cass, A., Chadban, S., Gallagher, M., Howard, K., Jones, A., McDonald, S., et al. (2010). The economic impact of end-stage kidney disease in Australia: Projections to 2020. Victoria: Kidney Health Australia.
  4. Bellomo, R., Cass, A., Cole, L., Finfer, S., Gallagher, M., Lo, S., et al. (2009). Intensity of continuous renal replacement therapy (RRT) in critically ill patients. The New England Journal of Medicine, 361 (17), 1627-38.
  5. Cass, A., Chadban, S., Gallagher, M., Howard, K., Kneipp, E., McDonald, S., et al. (2007). Queensland Statewide Renal Health Services Plan, 2008–1. Brisbane: Queensland Government.
  6. White, S.L., Chadban, S.J., Jan, S., Chapman, J.R., & Cass, A. (2008). How can we achieve global equity in provision of renal replacement therapy? Bulletin of the World Health Organisation, 86(3), 229-37.
  7. Anderson, K., Devitt, J., Cunningham, J., Preece, C., & Cass, A. (2008). "All they said was my kidneys were dead": Indigenous Australian patients' understanding of their chronic kidney disease. Medical  Journal of  Australia, 189(9), 499-503.
  8. Howard, K., Salkeld, G., White, S., Chadban, S., Craig, J., McDonald, S., Perkovic, V., & Cass, A. (2006). Cost-effectiveness of early detection and intervention to prevent the progression of chronic kidney disease in Australia. Victoria: Kidney Health Australia.
  9. Cass, A., Cunningham, J., Snelling, P., Wang, Z., & Hoy, W. (2004). Exploring the pathways leading from disadvantage to ESKD for Indigenous Australians. Social Science and Medicine, 58(4), 767-85.
  10. Cass, A., Lowell, A., Christie, M., Snelling, P.L., Flack, M., Marrnganyin, B., et al. (2002). Sharing the true stories: improving communication between Aboriginal patients and healthcare workers. Medical Journal of Australia, 176(10), 466-70.
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  1. Letter to the editor | A health priority

    Letter to the editor | A health priority

    Date

    I WELCOME the NT News call to tackle kidney disease affecting Indigenous Australians (editorial, 08/08/16).

  2. Kids get kidney message

    Kids get kidney message

    Date

    EARLY education is the best way to bring down the NT's sky-high rate of kidney disease, according to Kidney Health Australia medical adviser Alan Cass.

  3. 'Institutionalised racism' reason for fewer Indigenous kidney transplants

    'Institutionalised racism' reason for fewer Indigenous kidney transplants

    Date

    Institutionalised discrimination against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians may be behind a widening gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous patients receiving kidney transplants, a kidney specialist and researcher has claimed.

  4. Garma: art and politics come together for a moving Arnhem Land festival

    Garma: art and politics come together for a moving Arnhem Land festival

    Date

    Held on an escarpment in north-east Arnhem Land, the Garma festival site is called Gulkula in Yolngu language. Traditionally owned by the Gumatj clan, it overlooks a pandanus and stringybark forest that ends at the Arafura sea. It has long been a place for clans to gather and talk.

  5. Dialysis urged for remote communities

    Dialysis urged for remote communities

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    For Yalmay Yunupingu, moving to Darwin for five years so her husband, the Yothu Yindi frontman and renowned Yolngu leader Dr Yunupingu, could receive dialysis for his end-stage kidney disease was a nightmare.

  6. Menzies leaders inducted into important new health and medical academy

    Menzies leaders inducted into important new health and medical academy

    Date

    Three Menzies researchers inducted as Fellows of the newly formed Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

  7. World first research shows shocking numbers of preventable deaths from gaps in kidney failure treatment

    World first research shows shocking numbers of preventable deaths from gaps in kidney failure treatment

    Date

    Research by Menzies director Professor Alan Cass in collaboration with The George Institute for Global Health has shown that more than two million people globally die unnecessarily every year because they cannot access treatment for kidney failure (dialysis or a kidney transplant).

  8. Anti-alcohol campaigners honoured with Menzies Medallion

    Anti-alcohol campaigners honoured with Menzies Medallion

    Date

    Two of the most influential identities in the fight against alcohol-related issues affecting the lives of Indigenous people in the NT have been recognised with a prestigious award for their unwavering efforts.

  9. National boost for new Indigenous and tropical health research

    National boost for new Indigenous and tropical health research

    Date

    Menzies has been awarded more than $12 million in federal funding for 12 competitive grants and fellowships to help improve outcomes for disadvantaged populations in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

  10. National boost for new Indigenous and tropical health research

    National boost for new Indigenous and tropical health research

    Date

    Menzies has been awarded more than $12 million in federal funding for 12 competitive grants and fellowships to help improve outcomes for disadvantaged populations in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

  11. Pioneering skin sores research to improve health of children globally

    Pioneering skin sores research to improve health of children globally

    Date

    A NT-based research project investigating alternative and more practical treatments for skin sores is set to benefit the millions of children worldwide who suffer from this infection.

  12. Menzies research shines on the national stage

    Menzies research shines on the national stage

    Date

    Menzies has been awarded federal funding for 11 competitive grants and fellowships to help improve outcomes for disadvantaged populations in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

  13. 730NT: Fight against kidney disease scourge

    730NT: Fight against kidney disease scourge

    Date

    For people from remote communities, the diagnosis of kidney failure often means moving far from home to have life-saving dialysis. Some communities are so concerned about the increasing number of people leaving for dialysis, that they've rallied to set up their own clinics.

  14. Esteemed kidney specialist conferred national health science award

    Esteemed kidney specialist conferred national health science award

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    One of Australia'sleading kidney specialists has been recognised with a prestigious national award for his contributions to kidney health and advancing Indigenous health.

  15. SBS World News: Dr Yunupingu's death highlights health disparities

    SBS World News: Dr Yunupingu's death highlights health disparities

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    The death of Yothu Yindi frontman Dr Yunupingu highlights anew the health disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

  16. Condolence Statement - Dr M Yunupingu

    Condolence Statement - Dr M Yunupingu

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    The staff and students at Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) offer their deepest condolences to the Yunupingu family on the passing of Dr M Yunupingu.

  17. Reconciliation through social media

    Reconciliation through social media

    Date

    To celebrate National Reconciliation Week 2013 (27 May – 3 June), the staff at Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) have braved a camera lens to share their thoughts on what reconciliation and recognition means to them.

  18. Esteemed kidney specialist recognised with national health science award

    Esteemed kidney specialist recognised with national health science award

    Date

    One of Australia’s leading kidney specialists has been recognised with a prestigious national award for his contributions to kidney health and advancing Indigenous health.

  19. Fifth anniversary of the National Apology

    Fifth anniversary of the National Apology

    Date

    On 13 February 2013 we celebrate the fifth anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations. Menzies' staff gauge their thoughts on this very important celebration for all Australians; what does reconciliation mean to you?

  20. 730NT: New Director of the Menzies School of Health Research

    730NT: New Director of the Menzies School of Health Research

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    Kidney disease expert Professor Alan Cass takes over the reins at Menzies.

  21. Esteemed kidney specialist appointed as new Director of Menzies School of Health Research

    Esteemed kidney specialist appointed as new Director of Menzies School of Health Research

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    A leading Australian kidney specialist will take the helm at the Northern Territory’s Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies), following a six-month global search for a world-class director and health researcher.

  22. A bold new vision

    A bold new vision

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    Menzies welcomes its new director, renowned kidney specialist and public health expert, Alan Cass.