Have a question about our programs, contact your Kidney Health Australia Branch Office or freecall 1800 454 363
Kidney Health Australia proudly present an outline of our services and programs for your information. These are just some of our important program, delivered to our kidney community every day.
OUR MISSION VISION AND VALUES
To promote good kidney health through education, advocacy, research and support, to save and improve the lives of Australians affected by kidney disease. Our work in our kidney community helps people living with kidney disease, their carers and family members, kidney donors and recipients, through the provision of information, essential skills, education and support during each phase of the health and wellness pathway. More here>
We can help you become an 'expert patient'
By putting the pieces together many patients become 'experts' as they learn a set of life skills to cope with and manage their chronic conditions. As a discerning patient you can learn the elements of how to locate and refer to only high quality evidence-based education. Our sites should be a first reference of course, as we do the work for you. Increasing evidence shows that with proper support, people with a chronic condition can take the lead in managing their condition which improves their health, quality of life, and reduces incapacity.
Patient Education Resources
Fact sheets, publications and videos relating to a wide variety of topics such as living with kidney failure, kidney cancer, holidaying on dialysis and patient experiences, are available to give precise and up to date information. We also provide translated resources, as well as resources tailored specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Kidney Health Information Service
We provide a free phone support service Australia wide for people living with and/or affected by kidney and urinary disease
The service offers information, support, referral and advice to both patients and their families and health professionals, and callers are directed to the most appropriate service to meet their needs.
Calls are answered by a trained receptionist (you first listen to an important heath disclaimer as part of the process to register a call). Simple details of your query are sent to a Health Service Manager. If our Health Manager is unable to reach the caller, a maximum of 3 calls over a 48 hour period, will be made to respond to your request.
Email kidney health queries to our KHIS Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
National Relay Service - relayservice.com.au - assists callers with hearing problems to connect with our KHIS line
Important to note this service does not provide specific medical advice. Should the caller require further information or education you are advised to consult your doctor or a health professional.
Connect with us online
Kidney Health Australia has a number of online communities where Australian affected by kidney and urinary related disease can engage with each other, exchange knowledge and share experiences.
We recommend Using the web to explain simply how you can locate reliable evidence based health education resources. Our websites enhance the information presented onsite by linking to relevant external groups - via Recommended Weblinks - which is a list of reviewed sites and links to information which compliments kidney health education resources which we produce.
Use our Resource Order Form to order Kidney Health Education Resources
Website Authorship kidney.org.au * homedialysis.org.au * kidneycancer.org.au
Our Kidney Health Australia - Website Advisory and Editorial team
Each site provides reliable, up to date, evidence based health education resources to support and educate members of our Australian kidney community. Our sites rank highly against Australian and global kidney communities. For more details about authorship, refer to Legal & Copyright>
Standards of Health Information
KHA is an approved information partner of Health Direct Australia - this approval endorses that our health and medical education information passes their strict quality assessment process.
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Disclaimer: Information provided on our websites does not constitute medical advice and is intended for information only. Kidney Health Australia advises that you should consult a health professional for specific treatment recommendations.
Kidney Health Australia is also the peak voice for those living with or caring for those with kidney disease, as well as those who work in the health and medical sectors. We are a representative organisation with consumer committees and representatives in each State and Territory, who advise Kidney Health Australia on issues in their jurisdictions. State Chairs form Kidney Health Australia's National Consumer Council, constituting a national voice on kidney concerns. More on Consumer Participation>
Through a strong relationship with medical health professionals and membership on a number of national collaborative advisory committees, we develop detailed policy responses to advocate on their behalf. Advocacy topics can vary from clinical issues, federal and state health funding, patient transport, home dialysis assistance, carer support services, Indigenous health, increased research and organ donation.
Through continued advocacy to all levels of government, politicians and policy makers, we work to ensure they consider concerns in chronic disease, health prevention and promotion, medical research, organ donation and related policy agendas. Further strengthened through alliances with other disease space, this is supported through detailed policy submissions, public hearings and budget submissions.
Finally we work with media to shine a spotlight of issues facing those living with kidney disease, and change that will help to save and improve lives of those in our kidney community. More on Policy & Advocacy>
Since formed in 1968, it is estimated Kidney Health Australia medical research program has awarded well over $30 million to Australian kidney researchers. The allocation of research funds is competitive - distributed to research investigators in their field of interest, across scholarships and grants. Special project funding is allocated to ANZDATA Registry and special projects as needed. More on Research Program>
Find a Kidney Clubs near you, or register a Support Group not listed - simply contact Matty Hempstalk our Kidney Club Co-ordinator on 0404 177 748.
- The Big Red Kidney Bus is a partnership between Kidney Health Australia, Monash Health and the Victoria Bus Industry. The Bus provides people living with end stage kidney disease the opportunity to arrange a holiday in a location where they can still receive their life saving dialysis treatment. More>
- The Dialysis Unit Guide is a national listing of Australian dialysis units. Locate a Dialysis Unit>
- Travel on Dialysis offers anyone considering travel on dialysis, or post transplant, information and opportunities to consider for you and your family to take a break. Plan ahead, discuss options with your dialysis staff or treating doctor and book well ahead. More>
Kidney Health Australia plays a key role in bringing Australia's kidney community together through a number of programs and initiatives.
Stay up to date
The Kidney Community Newsletter is produced monthly and is the essential read to find out what is happening in the world of kidneys. From patient profiles and events, to recipes and news, Kidney Community has you covered!
Kidney Health Australia runs a number of awareness and fundraising events through the year, which are also perfect opportunities for members of the kidney community to come together to help raise the profile of kidney disease in Australia.
The Priscilla Kincaid-Smith Award, Operation Angel Awards and prizes for outstanding research, recognises and rewards excellence - to patients, carers, volunteers, health professionals, and researchers in our kidney community.
Nurse Link, as well as our Community Speaker program, and Community Fundraising initiatives, are just some of the ways you can get involved with the work of Kidney Health Australia.
Updated 10 November 2014