Latest Kidney Community News - May 2013 - click graphic to view
* Welcome from our CEO - Anne Wilson
* Government Live Organ Donor Leave scheme announced – an update
- Register on Guest Book to leave your message of support. Tell us you story of live organ donation.
* Ground-breaking news: Kidney grown in lab
* Medical Matters - ‘1 in 3 Australians is at increased risk of kidney disease’
- Take the test to see if you are at increased risk of kidney disease at www.checkmykidneys.com.au
* The 15th National Kidney Kids Camp - largest to date!
* New Home Dialysis resource launched
* Challenges for rural dialysis patients highlighted in new fact sheet
* A note from a dialysis patient: how we cope
* New Home Dialysis resource launched
* Dialysis unit showcases do-it-yourself dialysis wear
* Meet the Vintage Adventurer
* Kidney Health Australia with One Deadly Step Program
* Research opportunities:
- Have you been diagnosed with Secondary Hyperthyroidism? Are you currently on dialysis?
- Seeking Autosomal Dominant Polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) - Consumers and Carers.
* Lifestyle Recipe: Diabetes, CKD friendly - Spanish chicken and rice
Kidney Calendar and Events 2013
May to June: DonateLife Services of Remembrance www.donatelife.gov.au
5 to 11 May: National Heart Week www.heartattackfacts.org.au
10 May: World Lupus Day wear orange to bring attention to Lupus and kidneys
26 May to 1 June: Kidney Health Week help us spread the word, order your resources now!
- 1 in 3 Australians is at increased risk of kidney disease.
- Undetected, untreated kidney disease is a silent killer!
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15 April 2013: Sir Jack Brabham visits 'very special' Redland Bay Kidney Kids Camp
Sir Jack and Lady Brabham joined 80 children with kidney disease and their siblings from around Australia at Kidney Health Australia's 15th annual National Kidney Kids Camp in Redland Bay. Read media>
8 April 2013: March highest month on record for deceased organ donations
Kidney Health Australia today welcomes the announcement that March has resulted in the highest month for deceased organ donation rates in Australian recorded history, and that the first quarter of 2013 represented a 55 per cent improvement on last year's results. Read media>
7 April 2013: The Australian Government announced a new two year pilot of a national Live Organ Donor Leave Scheme: This was a key plank of Kidney Health Australia’s most recent policy submissions to Government. Kidney Health Australia’s CEO, Ms Anne Wilson said: “Today’s announcement is a big win for those with kidney disease and represents something we have been advocating for inclusion in the Federal budget.” The pilot scheme will provide up to six weeks paid leave at minimum wage to employers, who pass it on to eligible employees who become live organ donors. Read media>
Refer to our Policy and Advocacy page onsite, to read submissions from Kidney Health Australia.
3 April 2013: A long way to go - The challenges of kidney disease for rural Australians
Kidney Health Australia, in collaboration with the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA), is pleased to announce that a new NRHA fact sheet on kidney disease in rural Australia has been developed and is now available online. The fact sheet is designed to outline the status of kidney disease in rural Australia and highlight the unique challenges that rural Australians face in seeking ongoing management and treatment including: limited opportunities to undertake dialysis close to home, the requirement to travel greater distances for specialist consultations, and challenges relating to infrastructure and costs to enable home dialysis. It’s therefore unsurprising that the survival of patients on dialysis is worse in rural and regional areas, when compared to Australian’s living in urban areas. Read media>