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.
First ever survey of GPs attitudes about CKD
Kidney Health Australia is collaborating with the Hunter Valley Foundation (HVF) to conduct the first ever study of current clinical practice in relation to CKD detection, management, and continuing professional education.
Participant packages will be mailed to selected GPs in October. Please be on the lookout for these envelopes at your clinic, and devote 15 minutes to a good cause.
The HVF will randomly select 4,000 Australian GPs to take part in this important national study. Participation involves a 15 minute time commitment to complete a short paper or online survey about current practice, knowledge and experiences in the area of CKD.
By completing the survey, the selected GPs are eligible to enrol in an Individual Research Quality Improvement (QI) activity, and can earn RACGP QI&CPD 40 Category 1 points for the 2014-2016 triennium.
KCAT partners with external organisation such as Medicare Locals to deliver our eduction, 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 - Information booklet)
- 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.
- 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
- Aboriginal Health Workers
- 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)
- Early Detection and Management of CKD
- Management of Stage 3 CKD in General Practice
- Management of Stage 4 & 5 CKD
- Decision Making and Symptom Control in ESKD
- CKD: Issues for General Practitioners
- A sinister combination: CKD & Diabetes
- Management of Resistant Hypertension in General Practice
- Cardiovascular Risk Reduction in CKD
- eGFR and Drug Dosing (suitable for pharmacists)
- CKD in Indigenous Australians
|Workshops designed specifically for Primary Care Nurses
- Detecting and Managing CKD for the Primary Care Nurse
- CKD & Diabetes: for the Primary Care Nurse
- NEW MODULE: Nurse Leadership in Cardiovascular Risk Reduction in CKD
|KCAT Online Learning Modules
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.
- Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Management in General Practice
- Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease: a sinister combination
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.
For further information on our KCAT Program or to arrange a KCAT Workshop, contact us:
The 2nd edition of our popular guideline book Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Management in General Practice> contains important new information.
This book is available as a PDF download
- New CKD staging system and colour-coded action plans
- New recommendations albuminuria
- New eGFR recommendations
- New blood pressure targets
You may order the booklet using this Order Form>
Note: Third edition (updated) available 1st quarter 2015
Send this form by email, with your contact details to KCAT@kidney.org.au - overseas orders are not available.
Booklet formally endorsed by RACGP, the ANZSN and Kidney Health Australia
Wall information poster
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Management in General Practice>
This handy poster displays the key points from this booklet.
It has been designed to be displayed in your surgery.
Poster available for download - online only
Online learning module for
GPs, nurses & other health professionals
Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease – A Sinister Combination
This education investigates the relationship between kidney disease and diabetes and the significant changes in management that are required in individuals who have both conditions. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney disease and approximately 1/3 of all people with diabetes will have Diabetic Kidney Disease (DKD). RACGP 2 CPD points * ACCRM 1 PD point
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Management in General Practice
This KCAT education discusses detection of CKD in general practice. Staging of CKD is discussed and action plans for each stage outlined. Complications of CKD are listed and targets for various clinical features are described. The role of the management team is outlined and indications for referral to a nephrologist are discussed. RACGP 2 CPD points * ACCRM 1 PD point
|The eGFR Calculator
|eGFR is the best measure of kidney function
An eGFR result is provided when a serum creatinine test is ordered in an adult. It can be calculated by using our online eGFR (CKD-EPI formula) Calculator. More on the eGFR measurement process here>
Breonny Robson: National Health Professional Education Manager (maternity leave)
Dawn Coulson: KCAT Project Officer
Claire Sheeky: Health Professional Education Co-ordinator
Kidney Check Australia Taskforce Office
Kidney Health Australia, GPO Box 9993 Adelaide SA 5001
KCAT@kidney.org.au * Call 08 8334 7555 * Fax 08 8334 7540
For quick access to KCAT webpage - use simple url www.kcat.org.au
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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.