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KCAT - Kidney Check Australia Taskforce     HEALTH PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION

KCAT (Kidney Check Australia Taskforce) is responsible for Kidney Health Australia’s Heath Professional Education program. KCAT was established in 2001 with the aim of improving health outcomes for Australians with chronic kidney disease (CKD). KCAT activities are governed by an expert committee, which comprises prominent kidney specialists, health professionals, educators and consumers.

KCAT offers a series of world class education modules for Australian health professionals. These modules are run as interactive learning sessions aiming to improve the knowledge, detection and management of kidney disease in general practice. KCAT continues to be the leading voice in kidney education in Australia. We are the only organisation offering comprehensive education on kidney disease to health professionals.


KCAT partners with external organisation such as Medicare Locals to deliver our education, and offers our modules for FREE to groups interested in hosting a workshop.

As a host you.....
  • Nominate your preference of CKD topic. A description of each module is available in our KCAT Professional Education - Info pack 2015>
  • Nominate your preferred dates – some flexibility may be required to fit in with speaker availability, particularly in rural areas.
  • Arrange the venue, catering and sponsor (if applicable).
  • Invite participants (KCAT provides a template flyer for your use).
  • Issue individual certificates (template is provided) to workshop participants.
  • Upon completion of a workshop, return attendance list, evaluation forms with a completed host feedback form to KCAT.
KCAT will.....
  • Source an appropriate speaker for your workshop (usually a local nephrologist or renal nurse.
  • Supply you with electronic copies of the workshop materials (template invitations, certificates, evaluations, case study notes etc.) and post hard copies of the publication ‘Chronic Kidney Disease in General Practice’ for each participant.
  • Complete administration requirements associated with Royal College of General Practitioners (RACGP) & Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACCRM) accreditation– if applicable & arranged in advance.
  • Prepare an activity report which is provided to the hosting organisation, speaker and accreditation bodies.

KCAT offers CKD education for

  • General Practitioners
  • Nurses
  • Aboriginal Health Workers
  • Pharmacists
  • Other health professionals

KCAT education is offered in a number of formats including

Find out more in our KCAT Professional Education - Workshop module brochure>


Workshops for Primary Care Audiences (information at a GP level)

  1. Early Detection and Management of CKD
  2. Management of Stage 3 CKD in General Practice
  3. Management of Stage 4 & 5 CKD
  4. Decision Making and Symptom Control in ESKD
  5. CKD: Issues for General Practitioners
  6. A sinister combination: CKD & Diabetes
  7. Management of Resistant Hypertension in General Practice
  8. Cardiovascular Risk Reduction in CKD
  9. eGFR and Drug Dosing (suitable for pharmacists)
  10. CKD in Indigenous Australians

Workshops designed specifically for Primary Care Nurses

  1. Detecting and Managing CKD for the Primary Care Nurse
  2. CKD & Diabetes: for the Primary Care Nurse
  3. Nurse Leadership in Cardiovascular Risk Reduction in CKD

KCAT Online Learning Modules - through 'Think GP' at thinkgp.com.au/kha

  1. Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Management in General Practice
  2. Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease: a sinister combination
  3. Clinical Audit – Tackle Targets Today BP program
KCAT partners with external organisations such as Medicare Locals to deliver our education, and offers our modules for FREE to groups interested in hosting a workshop.

Kidney Health Australia is an authorised provider of accredited activities under RACGP QI&CPD program.

All 2 hour KCAT modules are already accredited as repeated activities allocated 4 (Cat 2) points in the RACGP QI&CPD program for the 2014-2016 triennium. Each KCAT module has been approved with ACRRM for 2 Core PDP points.

All KCAT education sessions can be accredited with relevant organisations for CPD, on an individual basis.


Chronic Kidney Disease Management in General Practice

This 3rd edition is the synthesis of the evolving evidence that the management of kidney disease matters.

The Kidney Check Australia Task Force (KCAT) - now in its 13th year - has produced this handbook in the hope that practitioners will find the recommendations helpful in individuals at risk or with kidney disease and above all be inspired to identify kidney disease in their patients.

The 3rd edition of this handbook has been officially recognised as an Accepted Clinical Resource by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and has been endorsed by the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association and the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrologiy.

Handbook is available in hard copy and electronic soft copy - for further detailed information - go to webpage here>

Use this special order form to order hard copies. Send completed form by email with your contact details to KCAT@kidney.org.au
(overseas orders are not available - download from site).

Wall information poster - for display in your clinic

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) management in General Practice>

This poster displays the key points from this handbook.

It has been designed to be displayed in your surgery and can be downloaded in A3 colour.

Poster is available for download - online only, to print in colour

Online learning module for
GPs, nurses & other health professionals

Chronic kidney disease: issues for General Practitioners>
Hours: 2 | RACGP C2: 4pts | ACRRM: 2pt
This module uses several case studies as a platform to discuss topics such as identifying patients at risk of CKD, diabetic kidney disease and heavy proteinuria.

Chronic kidney disease and cardiovascular risk reduction>
Duration: 8:03
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) continues to be a major burden of chronic diseases managed in our practices. Associate Professor Craig Nelson, Renal Physician discusses a patient's absolute risk of a cardiovascular event with CKD, known risk factors and how to calculate a figure that can be discussed in managing that risk down.

Resistant hypertension>
Duration: 14:02
We can all reflect on our practice populations and identify readily a group whose blood pressure levels are a real challenge to control. Professor Vlado Perkovic, Renal Physician, discusses the two major risk factors in calculating absolute cardiovascular, resistant hypertension and chronic kidney disease.

Diabetes and chronic kidney disease: a sinister combination>
Hours: 1 | RACGP C2: 2pts | ACRRM: 1pt
Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney disease and approximately 1/3 of all people with diabetes will have Diabetic Kidney Disease (DKD).

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) management in General Practice>
Hours: 1 | RACGP C2: 2pts | ACRRM: 1pt
This education discusses the detection of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in general practice. Staging of chronic kidney disease is discussed and action plans for each stage are outlined.

The eGFR Calculator
(CKD-EPI formula)
eGFR is the best measure of kidney function
An eGFR result is provided when a serum creatinine test is ordered in an adult.
More on the eGFR measurement process here>


For further information on our KCAT Program, or to arrange a KCAT Workshop, contact us:

Kidney Check Australia Taskforce Office
Kidney Health Australia, GPO Box 9993, Adelaide SA 5001 
KCAT@kidney.org.au  *  Call 08 8334 7512  *  Fax 08 8334 7540
For quick access to KCAT webpage - use our simple url kcat.org.au

Breonny Robson - National Health Professional Manager
Rebecca Naylor - Health Professional Education Co-ordinator
Claire Sheeky - Health Professional Education Co-ordinator (Maternity Leave)


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Kidney Health Australia and KCAT acknowledge organisations whose generous support through unrestricted education grants, significantly aids the outstanding success of our KCAT GP Education Program.


Page updated 23 September 2015
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Last updated: Oct 2015.