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

Benefits of joining a Kidney Club or Support Group
Both the patient and their family can benefit from attending a support group with other people who have experience with kidney disease, or indeed any chronic disease. You learn from others: how to cope with and manage your daily needs, how to provide appropriate and effective care, and learn how to more easily live with your condition. you learn about resources: how others solve problems you are experiencing.

We are delighted to promote your kidney support group on this page
- email matty.hempstalk@kidney.org.au on call 0404 177 748


Why register as a member of your Australian Kidney Community? One voice speaks louder! 

Kidney Club members receive our Kidney Community News:

  • 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 at cassandra.bradshaw@kidney.org.au

Read latest Kidney Community News> - freecall 1800 454 363 to sign up or subscribe@kidney.org.au 

Spread the word - display promo Kidney Community poster> in your dialysis unit



AUSTRALIAN KIDNEY CLUBS - CALENDAR 2014

See dates below of Kidney Club Meetings in Australia
Family always welcome - anyone attending should RSVP and register - essential for catering

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

CANBERRA KIDNEY CLUB - Sunday 21 September
RSVP to Kidney Health Australia 1800 454 363 or Club@kidney.org.au
Enquiries: Julie Voutos - Renal Home Therapies on 02 6244 4280
Future date: 30 November 2014

NEW SOUTH WALES

ARMIDALE KIDNEY CLUB
Meet from Noon to 2.30pm - usual venue Armidale City Bowling Club, 90 Dumarisk St, Armidale
Call Nicki 0427 903 227 or Club@kidney.org.au

BLACKTOWN KIDNEY CLUB
Usual venue: Blacktown Workers Club, 55 Campbell Street Blacktown
Guest Speaker: Matty Hempstalk - National Support Coordinator, Kidney Health Australia
Enquiries - freecall 1800 454 3633 or Club@kidney.org.au

EUROBALLA RENAL SUPPORT & ORGAN DONOR AWARENESS - monthly meeting
Usual venue: Bridge Plaza in Batemans Bay. Call Brad Rossiter 0458 534470 or ersg.oda2536@hotmail.com

HUNTER & NORTHERN KIDNEY ASSOCIATION 2nd Tuesday of month, except January
Group meets 7pm - Conference Room, Wansey Dialysis Centre, 1a Dudley Road, Charlestown. Enquiries: Michael Jameson 0410 587 977 or hanka.enquiries@gmail.com
NORTHERN TERRITORY
ALICE SPRINGS KIDNEY CLUB - Tentative 30 November 2014
DoubleTree by The Hilton, 82 Barrett Drive Alice Springs
Enquiries: KHA freecall 1800 454 363 or Hayley Connelly 08 8951 6785 or Club@kidney.org.au

DARWIN Tentative 2 November 2014
Times and venues to TBA. Refreshments provided.
Enquiries - freecall 1800 454 3633 or Club@kidney.org.au

QUEENSLAND

CAIRNS KIDNEY CLUB Tentative 12 October 2014 
Crystal Twig Room, Rydges Esplanade Resort, 209-217 Abbott Street Cairns
Lunch and drinks provided
Enquiries and to RSVP: Kidney Health Australia freecall 1800 454 363 or Club@kidney.org.au

TOOWOOMBA KIDNEY CLUB  Times and venue TBA
Enquiries: freecall 1800 454 363 or Club@kidney.org.au
Future date: 7 December 2014

MAROOCHYDORE SUNSHINE COAST KIDNEY CLUB
Usual venue: Coffee Club Cotton Tree, Rovera Plaza, 23 Cotton Tree Parade Maroochydore
Enquiries: freecall 1800 454 363 or Club@kidney.org.au
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
ADELAIDE KIDNEY CLUB Sunday 26 October from 12.30-2.30pm
Hackney Hotel & Function Centre, 95 Hackney Road Hackney. Lunch & drinks provided.
Enquiries and RSVP: freecall 1800 454 363 or Club@kidney.org.au

ADELAIDE KIDNEY COFFEE CLUB
3rd Tuesday in month - 10am to Noon - see poster>
For consumers, carers, family and friends of those affected by kidney disease. Meet at Sheoak Cafe, 38 Sheoak Rd, Belair - corner Sheoak & James Rd, runs off Old Belair Road.
Enquiries: Joy 08 8392 2809 or dandjrob@yahoo.com.au
TASMANIA

HOBART KIDNEY CLUB - Sunday 31 August 2014 from Noon to 3pm - see poster>
Rydges Hobart, corner Argyle & Lewis Street, Nth Hobart. Lunch and drinks provided.
Guest speakers: Robyn Montgomery, Senior Renal Dietitian, Royal Hobart Hospital
Enquiries and RSVP by 29 August: freecall 1800 454 363 or Club@kidney.org.au

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

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

DIALYSIS & TRANSPLANT ASSOCIATION - D.A.T.A. Victoria
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 Holiday homes: Rosebud, Yarrawonga, Blackburn>
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
PERTH KIDNEY CLUB
Sunday 9 November in South Perth * Sunday 16 November in North Perth

Note: Kidney Club Meeting scheduled for 17 August postponed
Enquiries: freecall 1800 454 363 or Club@kidney.org.au

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

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

DIALYSIS & RENAL TRANSPLANT ASSOCIATION OF WA  www.dart.org.au
For 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.

   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 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
    Rare genetic disease that affects a part of 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.

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

  • Posterior Urethral Valve (PUV) Group Parents of children with PUV in Australia can discuss any issues, concerns or share with others in a similar situation. Moderator parent of a baby boy diagnosed with PUV at 10 days old, started this group for parents as PUV is rare.
  • Tasmanian Kidney Community> Facebook group - apply to join
    Contact for this private group, open to all with a Facebook profile is Amanda Crawford - a dialyser from Launceston. Please introduce yourself when applying for membership.
Kidney Health Australia online social network - Registration essential
External Support Groups, Message Boards and social networking  Our kidney community online

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 162 618 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 19 August 2014



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Kidney Health Australia - Health Education & Support Groups
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Support Groups in AustraliaAustralian and global list of support clubs for our kidney community
Hobart Kidney Club31 August 2014, Noon to 3pm - Rydges Hobart, cnr Argyle & Lewis Street, Nth Hobart
D.A.R.T - Perth WADART info brochure
Adelaide Coffee Club3rd Tuesday in month - 10 to Noon at Sheoak Cafe, 38 Sheoak Rd Belair - cnr Sheoak & James Rd, off Old Belair Rd. Call Joy 08 8392 2809 or andjrob@yahoo.com.au
 
 
 
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Last updated: Sep 2014.