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Kidney Community News: July 2015>

From Managing Director and CEO *Our new Ambassador has the X Factor *Medical Matters: New research highlights health risks of sugar sweetened beverages *Can measuring kidney function predict cardiovascular disease? *Consumer Corner: Lisa's story *PhD Survey *Are you up to the Challenge? *Event update: 2015 Research Walk *CKD, Dialysis & Diabetes-friendly: Carrot and chicken soup> 

Kidney Calendar of Events 2015>
7 - 9 September: Scientific meeting - Australian & New Zealand Society of Nephrology, Canberra
13 September: Kidney Health Australia 2015 Research Walk
8 - 18 October: Join our Great Wall of China Challenge - take the trip of a lifetime!

Bendigo Bank East Malvern - MRC Foundation Race Day

Saturday 19 September - Caulfield Racecourse from 10.30am to 6 pm

Buy tickets online for this family fun event - click here>

This exciting event supports over 20 charities including Kidney Health Australia, with all proceeds from general admission ticketing, hospitality and sponsorship sales going to the charity partners.

The MRC Foundation Race Day is an event for all the family, with rides, attractions and activities all over the course, including jumping castles, face painters, arts and crafts, animal farm, and much more. Remember to pick up a 'Stamp and Win' card at the gates, then visit each charity, to collect all stamps and win some fantastic prizes!

One of the major attractions of the day is the great Mascot Race - watch our own Billy the Kidney attempt to win this race!
  • Tickets available at the gate, or book online now
    General admission $25, Concessions $10, kids under 14 FREE
    Remember to choose Kidney Health Australia as your charity

  • Several dining options - to book see brochure - click here>
The Group 3 Naturalism Stakes is the centrepiece of the day and one of the most important races of the Spring Carnival. The winner is granted entry into the $3 million Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup, on 1 October!


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Simply contact: Cassandra Bradshaw - Editor Kidney News and Media & Communications Adviser on 03 9674 4313, 0402 346 197 or Cassandra.Bradshaw@kidney.org.au

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31 July 2015: Funding boost for renal in Central Australia welcomed
Kidney Health Australia welcomes the announcements by Federal Assistant Minister Fiona Nash and Northern Territory Housing Minister Bess Price which significantly increases funding for Central Australia’s renal infrastructure and services to the tune of $25.3 million over 3 years. Media>

25 July 2015: Kidney Health Australia pays tribute to founder Professor Priscilla Kincaid-Smith CB
Kidney Health Australia has paid tribute to its founding member Emeritus Professor Priscilla Kincaid‐Smith, who passed away earlier this month, aged 88. Kincaid‐Smith was a pioneer in the field of renal medicine and one of Australia’s foremost kidney specialists. Media>

28 May 2015: Kidney Health Australia's State of the Nation 2015 - Chronic Kidney Disease in Australia

A new report paints a striking picture of Australia’s kidney health, highlighting kidney disease as a silent killer which goes largely undiagnosed, and often works in partnership with cardiovascular disease and diabetes.  The report highlights two confronting facts: less than 10% of Australians with the Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) realise they have it; and 51% of people with CKD also have cardiovascular disease or diabetes. The report highlights that 6 out of 10 people with CKD have hypertension, but sadly 96% of Australian adults are unaware of the link between high blood pressure and kidney disease. Read State of the Nation 2015>

27 May 2015: Reps’ inquiry must translate to real change if health system to remain sustainable

 Australia’s health system will be more sustainable if a new government inquiry into chronic disease prevention translates into best practice, the Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (ACDPA) said today. ACDPA Chair, Dr Erin Lalor, said the alliance welcomed the House of Representatives inquiry into chronic disease prevention and management in primary care, provided its recommendations were evidence-based and adopted by government. Media>

13 May 2015:
Improved Support for Living Donors welcomed
Kidney Health Australia welcomes the Federal Government’s commitment to continue to fund the Supporting Leave for Living Organ Donors Program for a further two years, and congratulates the Government on its decision to extend the leave period from six to nine weeks. Media>


Big Red Kidney Bus - Holiday Dialysis Program

This mobile dialysis bus, fitted with Fresenius Medical Care dialysis machines and staffed by Monash Health staff, is located at popular holiday destinations in Victoria for 4-6 weeks at a time. Families with someone on dialysis can take a break away from their hospital or satellite dialysis routine. Latrobe Valley Bus Lines will service, maintain and store our bus when not in use and provide drivers to relocate it as required. Find out how to book - make holiday plans now and book your sessions for 2015!

We need your help to fund more buses - DONATE to Kidney Health Australia>
Enquiries: Jo Fairbairn, Community Education & Health Promotion Manager - 03 9674 4315 or bigredkidneybus@kidney.org.au

Travel Freedom on Dialysis - Kidney Kamper Van Program
Click on button to donate - note your donation is for 'Travel Freedom on Dialysis - Kidney Kamper Program'. Use freecall 1800 454 363 and our staff will make this easy for you.

The Wade family from Gold Coast donated $50,000 to the 'Travel Freedom on Dialysis' Program - an exciting initiative to provide important respite or holiday dialysis options for Australians living with kidney disease or on dialysis. Each van is fitted with dialysis machines - the program initially available from the Gold Coast Queensland, with plans to expand to key cities nationally. Photo: prototype Kidney Kamper.

New travel on dialysis guide - 'Dialysis on the Road'
A practical guide to planning travel for those on peritoneal dialysis and haemodialysis. Included in this guide are tips on vehicle requirements, location options, how to organise supplies with great holiday success stories shared by those who travel on dialysis. See travel pages at homedialysis.org.au

Free housing for rural kidney transplant donors and patients 

Victorians living in rural  areas undergoing lifesaving kidney transplant surgery will now be able to recover at a new home away from home in Melbourne. Kidney Health Australia will today launch its Emorgo Kidney Transplant House, which provides accommodation at no cost to eligible patient and their families who need to be housed close to their transplanting hospital. Find out more at Kidney Transplant Housing>


Updated 6 August 2015

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Last updated: Sep 2015.