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Kidney Community News: September 2015>
From Managing Director and CEO *Rally Wrap Up *Medical Matters: New drug may halt progression of kidney disease *Chronic Kidney Disease going undiagnosed *Consumer Corner: Best Father's Day gift for Donor Dad *Inspiring Adventures *We're Off to the Races *CKD, Dialysis & Diabetes-friendly: Chicken & Mushroom Risotto> 

Kidney Calendar of Events 2015>
24 September: First International aHUS Awareness Day - contact info@ahusaustralia.org.au
29 September:
World Heart Day 2015 - Theme: Healthy heart choices for everyone, everywhere
October: Lupus Awareness Month Australia - 1800 802 088 Lupus & Sjogren's Syndrome
8-18 October: Join our Great Wall of China Challenge - take the trip of a lifetime!
3-8 November: Kidney Week - American Society of Nephrology, San Diego Convention Centre, San Diego CA

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8 September 2015: Kidney Specialists Honoured at Parliament House
Two of Australia’s leading and researchers received the award in recognition of their outstanding achievements in patient care, and contribution to research into the treatment of kidney disease. Presented at the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology Annual Scientific Meeting Conference dinner at Parliament House, medals were presented to Professor John Agar OAM and Associate Professor Tim Mathew AM, who have dedicated their careers to the care and treatment of people with kidney disease while advocating for changes that positively impact the lives of affected patients and families. Media>

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>


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>

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>


Calls for articles for Kidney Community News
You are invited to email your suggestions for articles, to advertise an event, or share your story in our free monthly newsletter. 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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Last updated: Oct 2015.