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Kidney CommunIty News: April 2014>
From the CEO, Anne Wilson * Kidney Kids Camp Journeys Around the World! *Medical Matters: ANZ Home Dialysis Conference *Big Red Kidney Bus Unveiled! *Kidney Garden best in show! *KIDNEY HEALTH WEEK IS FAST APPROACHING...Would you like to be involved? Volunteers> *CKD, Dialysis & Diabetes-friendly tasty recipe: Stuffed Zucchini>

Kidney Calendar of Events 2014>
10-13 April:Gold Coast - National Kidney Kids Camp: Over 100 kidney kids and their siblings took part in this year’s ‘Around the World in 4 Days’ themed Camp jam-packed with fun activities – including a Carnivale!
Holidays: 18-20 April 2014: Easter weekend * 25 April 2014: ANZAC Day

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03 9674 4313 or 0402 346 197 or email Cassandra.Bradshaw@kidney.org.au

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DONATE to help fund this program using our Online Donation Form
Note your donation as 'Travel Freedom on Dialysis - Campervan Program'. Or use our free call 1800 454 363 and our staff will make this easy for you, via credit card.

The Wade family from the Gold Coast made an initial donation of $50,000 which has meant work can begin for the 'Travel Freedom on Dialysis' Program. This exciting initiative can provide important respite or holiday dialysis options for Australians living with kidney disease, on dialysis and their families. Each Kidney Campervan would be fitted with dialysis machines and initially available on the Gold Coast in Queensland. Future plans are in place for this program to expand to key cities nationally.

To raise further funds for this important program Rod Wade (aka Vintage Adventurer) and navigator John Bell, drove Rod's 1930 Model ‘A’ Ford through very remote locations in the Peking to Paris Car Rally over just 33 days, in May this year. Along the way Rod and John raised funds to kick start our Kidney Campervan program. Follow his adventure via links above. See media>


Kidney Health Australia presented our BIG RED KIDNEY BUS - a mobile holiday dialysis unit - on World Kidney Day in Australia, 13 March 2014.

Our 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. Spread the word! Find out more about this program here>

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

Laughter Yoga during haemodialysis summary
Joint 2013 initiative between Moorabbin Dialysis Unit (Monash Health), Deakin University and Laughter Yoga Australia

Patient participation: The Laughter Yoga sessions were embraced by the patients. Patients who were initially a little reluctant soon became enthusiastic participants. Patients claimed the sessions had given them great enjoyment during what is usually a boring treatment, improved their overall positivity and enjoyment of life and provided physical benefits
such as improving their circulation.
Read summary report for findings>

New guide - 'Dialysis on the Road'

Everybody loves a holiday and dialysis patients are no exception. Patients who choose home dialysis, have options to take dialysis with them, and now a new resource from the Health team is available to assist them with their holiday preparations. 

This book ‘Home Dialysis on the Road’ is a practical guide to planning travel for those on peritoneal dialysis and haemodialysis. Included in the guide are tips on vehicle requirements, location options, how to organise supplies and much more. There are also some great holiday success stories shared by those who have experienced traveling whilst on dialysis.

This resource is available on the travel pages of our Home Dialysis site www.homedialysis.org.au

Transplant story: A personal journey - Menzies School of Health Research

A 52 minute real-life story of an Indigenous family living with kidney disease closely follows a young man who had a living donor transplant when he was a child and which lasted 24 years - download video support details> or view short overview video. Other Menzies resources>  Call Menzies School of Health Research: 08 8922 8196 or info@menzies.edu.au

Archived Releases>

10 April 2014: Kidney Kids Camp Kicks Off!
Runaway Bay played host to a special group of young Australians living with kidney disease. The 16th Kidney Health Australia National Kidney Kids Camp was bigger than ever, with 115 kids from all across the country attending.

Kidney Kids Camps are especially for 'Kidney Kids' aged 7 to 17 who have experienced chronic kidney disease (CKD) at stage 3 or greater, and their siblings. The Camps provide an opportunity for Kidney Kids to interact and have fun with other kids living with kidney disease, have a break from their normal routine, and build strong support networks. Media>

4 April 2014: Explosion in diabetes-fuelled kidney disease - Diabetic kidney disease now costs the Australian healthcare system $1 billion annually

The KinD Report 2014> (Kidneys in Diabetes) released today, reveals that Australia has endured a rapid rise in the most serious and life-threatening form of ‘diabetic kidney disease’ during the last decade. The Kidney Research Group at the University of Sydney reports that the rate of end-stage diabetic kidney disease treated with dialysis or kidney transplantation in Australia more than doubled (130 per cent) between 2000 and 2010 – one of the largest increases of any developed country. Media>

13 March 2014: Show your support for World Kidney Day in Australia
Approximately 600 million people worldwide have some form of kidney damage. Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is predicted to increase by 17% over the next decade, and is now recognised as a global public health issue. If detected early and managed appropriately, the deterioration in kidney function can be slowed or even stopped - yet awareness of kidney diseases is still very low and many people underestimate the vital role that their kidneys play. Media>

13 March 2014: Victoria welcomes world first mobile holiday dialysis bus

Thousands of Australians living on dialysis will now be able to take a holiday, without missing life-saving treatments.
To celebrate World Kidney Day, Minister for Health David Davis officially launched Kidney Health Australia’s Big Red Kidney Bus at Parliament House today. A world-first initiative, the BIG RED KIDNEY BUS will provide mobile holiday dialysis, travelling to popular holiday spots where it will set-up for six weeks at a time, staffed by Monash Health renal nurses and technicians. Media>

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