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KIDNEY CLUBS Minimize

Kidney Health Australia co-ordinates State and regional Kidney Clubs across Australia
A Kidney Club meetings are organised and funded by Kidney Health Australia. Our Kidney Clubs (see active list below) are support groups formed especially for people with any stage of kidney failure - from acute to chronic - for those with CKD and on dialysis, those transplanted or waiting, or those with one or multiple health conditions which can, or has caused, kidney function impairment.

The benefits of joining a Kidney Club or Support Group are many
No-one is prepared for changes ahead when your life is altered due to an illness. Both the patient and their family can benefit greatly from attending a support group with other people who have experience with kidney disease or indeed any chronic disease. Just some of the benefits are:

  • you learn from others about how to cope with and manage your daily needs, how to provide appropriate and effective care, and learn how you can more easily live with your condition.
  • you learn to laugh with others, and at yourself, to form friendships with others like yourself.
  • you learn about various resources available and how others solve problems you are experiencing.

We are delighted to promote your kidney support group if not listed on spreadsheet below, or on this page.

Simply contact Matty Hempstalk (see photo) on 0404 177 748 with your details and request.


Why is it important to become a member of your Australian Kidney Community? One voice speaks louder! 

Members of our Kidney Clubs are the core of our Australian Kidney Community. Once registered you will receive monthly issues of our Kidney Community News allowing you access to:

  • information and invitations to our education and support activities
  • updates on medical research in kidney disease, on clinical trials and research opportunities
  • information on advocacy opportunities and government relations issues
  • information on community and corporate events held by Kidney Health Australia
  • personal profiles on key identities in our kidney community
Share your story, send us an article for Kidney Community News
We want to hear about your experience, or items of interest. How can we improve our newsletter? Simply email our Editor, Cassandra Bradshaw cassandra.bradshaw@kidney.org.au

Our free monthly Kidney Community News - subscribe@kidney.org.au
or call 1800 454 363 and our friendly staff will help

Download
and display this promo poster in your dialysis unit - Kidney Community poster>




AUSTRALIAN KIDNEY CLUBS - CALENDAR 2014

See dates below of various Kidney Club Meetings in Australia

Family are always welcome - anyone attending should RSVP and register with our
Kidney Club Co-ordinator Matty Hempstalk on 0404 177 748 as it is essential for catering.

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

CANBERRA KIDNEY CLUB - Next meeting Sunday 26 July
Times 12.30pm to 3.00pm at a venue TBA. Refreshments provided.
To join or find out more: call Kidney Health Australia 1800 454 363 or email to Club@kidney.org.au
Or contact Julie Voutos - Renal Home Therapies on 02 6244 4280
Future date: 30 November 2014

NEW SOUTH WALES

EUROBALLA RENAL SUPPORT & ORGAN DONOR AWARENESS - monthly meetings
Bridge Plaza, Batemans Bay
Inquiries: Brad Rossiter 0458 534470 or ersg.oda2536@hotmail.com

NORTHERN TERRITORY
ALICE SPRINGS KIDNEY CLUB - Next meeting Sunday 15 June
Time 12.30 to 3.00pm at a venue TBA
Afternoon Tea provided. All inquiries to freecall 1800 454 363 or Club@kidney.org.au
Or contact Hayley Connelly on 08 8951 6785
Future date: 30 November 2014

DARWIN - Next meeting Sunday 29 June. Future date: 2 November 2014
Times and Venues to TBA. Refreshments provided.
To join or for inquiries: use our free call 1800 454 363 or email Club@kidney.org.au

QUEENSLAND

CAIRNS KIDNEY CLUB - Next meeting Sunday 30 March
Download poster for Sunday 30 March 2014 here>
Time 12.30 to 3.00pm - lunch and refreshments provided
Venue: Cairns Esplanade— Curlew BBQ Area
Seating: Covered seating available but please bring your own chair just in case.
Future dates: 20 July and 12 October 2014
To join or for inquiries: use our free call 1800 454 363 or Club@kidney.org.au

TOOWOOMBA KIDNEY CLUB - Sunday 3 August
Times and venue TBA. Lunch provided - drinks own cost.
To join or for inquiries: use our free call 1800 454 363 or email Club@kidney.org.au
Future date: 7 December 2014

 MAROOCHYDORE SUNSHINE COAST KIDNEY CLUB
Time: 10am to 11am  - download promo poster here>
Venue: Coffee Club Cotton Tree, Rovera Plaza, 23 Cotton Tree Parade, Maroochydore
To join or for inquiries: use our free call 1800 454 363 or email Club@kidney.org.au
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
ADELAIDE KIDNEY CLUB - Next meeting Sunday 13 July
Time: 12.30 to 3.00 - Venue: Hackney Hotel & Function Centre, 95 Hackney Road, Hackney
Lunch provided - drinks own cost
Poster previous Adelaide Kidney Club Meeting - Sunday 16 March 2014>
Speaker: Theresa from Beyond Blue. Topic: Focus on hope, recovery and resilience
To join or for inquiries, use our free call 1800 454 363 or Club@kidney.org.au
Future date: 26 October 2014

ADELAIDE KIDNEY COFFEE CLUB>
  See poster
For consumers, carers, family and friends of those affected by kidney disease
Sheok Cafe- 38 Sheoak Road, Belair - corner Sheoak & James Road - this runs off Old Belair Road
3rd Friday every month from 10am to Noon - see you there
Joy 08 8392 2809 dandjrob@yahoo.com.au or Suzette 0424 767 310 suzette.griffiths50@gmail.com
TASMANIA

HOBART KIDNEY CLUB (new date soon)
Black Buffalo, 14 Federal Street North Hobart
Lunch provided - drinks own cost
To join or for inquiries, call1800 454 363 or email Club@kidney.org.au

TAMAR RENAL SUPPORT GROUP Meets regularly 4th Saturday in month
Belle's Tea Room, Macquarie Street, George Town at 10.15am (50km nth of Launceston).
If interested in joining, email Club@kidney.org.au or call Kelvin on 0428 617 697

VICTORIA
GOULBURN VALLEY KIDNEY CLUB
If interested in joining contact Carmel Chaston on 03 5795 2541

DIALYSIS AND TRANSPLANT ASSOCIATION - D.A.T.A. Victoria
D.A.T.A. Vic Is a patient self-help group made up of people with kidney failure and their families, carers and friends. D.A.T.A. supports members with access to low cost holiday homes for those on dialysis, to enable a family holiday. Two homes offer dialysis options. Download brochure for holiday homes at Rosebud, Yarrawonga and Blackburn>
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
PERTH KIDNEY CLUB - Next meeting on Sunday 18 May Download poster for 18 May meeting>
Future dates: 17 August, 9 November 2014
From12.30pm to 2.30pm at Santa Fe Restaurant, 315 Hay Street, Subiaco
Lunch provided - drinks own cost
To join or for inquiries: use our free call 1800 454 363 or email Club@kidney.org.au
 

ALBANY KIDNEY SUPPORT GROUP 

Small group of transplant recipients, dialysers, family and friends. Share information, experience and socialise - fundraising for the comfort of dialysis patients in local unit.
Contact Shirley Harding shirleyh@westnet.com.au or 08 9844 8404

RENAL SUPPORT GROUP, SOUTH WEST WA
(Bunbury region) Group also runs a private Facebook group for members - send a request to join, to administrator at renalsupportWA@groups.facebook.com or call Lulu Paxton on 0417 182 811

DIALYSIS & RENAL TRANSPLANT ASSOCIATION OF WA
The WA D.A.R.T. Social Support Group - patients, carers, donors, friends and family associated with kidney disease - hosts regular functions - fun, relaxing social opportunity for members to meet, chat and share experiences. Sign up for D.A.R.T. News, for news on events, recipes and articles on kidney health. Refer to brochure and sign up for their newsletter at www.dart.org.au

   JOIN OUR FACEBOOK FAMILY
  LIKE us at KidneyHealthAust

 

Search Facebook to find online groups of kidney minded people from Australia and the wider global community. New groups are often private (apply to join - to protect your privacy). After listening to others in a group who share a common experience, you learn you are not ‘unique’ - others live with the same difficulties you experience.

Australian Facebook groups

  • aHUS Patient Support Group Australia> Facebook group - apply to join
    A rare genetic disease that affects a part of the immune system causing blood clots to form in small blood vessels throughout the body. People with aHUS have a constant risk of sudden, life-threatening complications from damage to vital organs such as the kidneys, heart and brain. aHUS can affect infants, children or adults - many develop kidney damage and need dialysis or kidney transplant. The disease is lifelong, there is no cure, although recently a treatment was found to help stop immune system attack which causes problems in aHUS.

  • Kidney Disease and Diet Ideas>  Facebook group - apply to join
    Group sharing ideas and recipe's for CKD. Remember to check with your medical team before trying any suggestions on this page. Note: members of this Facebook group are not medical professionals, but feel it is important to be active in learning about your health and own your kidney disease!
    www.apsga.org.au Inquiries to Kerri Grey, President aPSGA info@apsga.org.au or 0402 052 411

  • Tasmanian Kidney Community> Facebook group - apply to join
    Main contact for this private group is Amanda Crawford - a dialyser from Launceston. A private group which is open to all, but you must have a Facebook profile and introduce yourself when applying for membership.

INTRODUCING OUR HEALTH TEAM

General Manager: Health Programs & Services Manager - Anne Revell or 1800 454 363
National Health Programs Manager - Stephen Anderson 02 8045 8901
National Kidney Health Information Service Manager - Ainslie Bolton 1800 454 363
National Kidney Club Coordinator - Matty Hempstalk or 0404 177 748
National Children's Coordinator - Colin Finch or 08 6160 9500
Home Dialysis Program Manager - Debbie Fortnum homedialysis@kidney.org.au or 08 6160 9500
Kidney Cancer Project Manager - Kirren Grennan kidney.cancer@kidney.org.au or 02 8405 8903

        NSW: Daniel Glaubert - 02 8045 8902 or nsw@kidney.org.au
        QLD: Amber Williamson - 0412 162618 or qld@kidney.org.au
        TAS: Sarah Challenor - 03 6348 7533 or tas@kidney.org.au
        VIC: Jo Fairbairn - 03 9674 4315 or vic@kidney.org.au
        SA: Ainslie Bolton - 08 8334 7555 or sa@kidney.org.au
        WA: Colin Finch - 08 6160 9500 or wa@kidney.org.au


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Updated 17 April 2014

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Kidney Health Australia - Health Education & Support Groups
 TitleDescription
Support Groups in AustraliaAustralian and global list of support clubs for our kidney community
Perth Kidney Club MeetingSunday 18 May at Santa Fe Restaurant 315 Hay Street, Subiaco
Maroochydore Sunshine Coast QLD - Kidney Club MeetingFriday 7 March 2014, 10am to 11am, Coffee Club Cotton Tree, Rovera Plaza, 23 Cotton Tree Parade, Maroochydore QLD.
D.A.R.T - Perth WADART info brochure
Cairns Kidney ClubSunday 30 March 2014 from 12.30pm to 3.00pm at Cairns Esplanade - Curlew BBQ Area.
Adelaide Kidney ClubSunday 16 March 2014 - Hackney Hotel & Function Centre, 95 Hackney Road Hackney
Adelaide Coffee Club3rd Friday every month (commencing 20 September 2013) from 10am to Noon at Café 72, Blackwood Hills Baptist Church, 72 Coromandel Parade, Blackwood
 
 
 
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Last updated: Apr 2014.