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From our Managing Director and CEO *Annual 26th Kidney Kar Rally *Medical Matters: Improving Palliative Care Access for Kidney Disease Patients *Kidney Health Australia Education Workshop Talks All Things Kidney *Register for the Big Red Kidney Bus! *Game On: Australian Transplant Games 2014! *Team Tony Leads Fundraising for Big Red Kidney Walk *CKD Dialysis & Diabetes-friendly tasty recipe: Beef and Mushroom Casserole>

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Travel Freedom on Dialysis - Kidney Kamper Van Program
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Or use our free call 1800 454 363 and our staff will make this easy for you.

The Wade family from Gold Coast made an initial donation of $50,000 for 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 and the program will initially be available on the Gold Coast Queensland, with plans to expand to key cities nationally. Photo: prototype Kidney Kamper Van 

Bookings still available for Big Red Kidney Bus Program
This mobile dialysis bus is fitted with Fresenius Medical Care dialysis machines and staffed by Monash Health staff. It will be located at popular holiday destinations in Victoria for 4-6 weeks at a time, to enable families with someone on dialysis to take a break away from their hospital or satellite dialysis service. Latrobe Valley Bus Lines will service, maintain and store our bus when not in use and provide drivers to relocate it as required. How to book>

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

New guide 'Dialysis on the Road'
Home Dialysis on the Road is 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. There are great holiday success stories shared by those who have travelled whilst on dialysis. See travel pages of our Home Dialysis site www.homedialysis.org.au

New KidneyCheck Program
KHA in partnership with Amcal and Guardian pharmacies – launched the new KidneyCheck Program> the first Australian self-management program for people diagnosed with high blood pressure or diabetes. This program allows people to check for protein in their urine – one of the first signs of kidney damage – and monitor the health of their kidneys in the privacy of their own homes. During Kidney Health Week, KHA ran promotions to ensure Australians who present with these risk factors are aware of this new pharmacy program and, ideally, pick-up any early warning signs – for up to 90% of kidney function can be lost without experiencing any symptoms.

KIDNEY MEDIA & PRESS  Archived Media Releases>

20 October 2014: 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. Read our Media> and to find out more go to Kidney Transplant Housing webpage>

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