Kidney Community News: June 2014>
Kidney Health Week a Roaring Success *Medical Matters: Researchers Awarded at Transplant Conference *Vertical Lift Chairs for sale *DonateLife speaks your language *Gomeral gaaynggal Program - Tamworth NSW *Welcome to Frankie J! *Big Red Kidney Walk *CKD, Dialysis & Diabetes-friendly tasty recipe: Spicy Chicken>
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Kidney Calendar of Events 2014>
- 28 June: KIDNEY KIDS CAPERS Melbourne Vic - Kids only day
Loads of fun at Strike for ten pin bowling, laser tag and arcade games!
- 29 June: KIDNEY KIDS CAPERS - Kidney Kids Capers go to the footy!
Our Kidney Kids will be the special guests at the Western Bulldogs vs Melbourne Demons match, where they will form a guard of honour for the Bulldogs players as they take to the field!
New KidneyCheck Progam
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.
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Contact Cassandra Bradshaw - Editor of Kidney News and Media & Communications Adviser on:
03 9674 4313 or 0402 346 197 or email Cassandra.Bradshaw@kidney.org.au
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TRAVEL FREEDOM ON DIALYSIS - KIDNEY KAMPER VAN PROGRAM
Click on button to donate - note donation as 'Travel Freedom on Dialysis - Kidney Kamper Van Program'
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 www.vintageadventure.com.au
We first met Rod Wade The Vintage Adventurer last year when he drove his 1930 Model A Ford “Tudor Rose” in the Peking to Paris Rally to raise awareness of kidney disease and raise funds for this program. This time he took on the gruelling Nullarbor on his adventure: Ocean 2 Ocean - Australia 2014 - “Tudor Rose” travelled from Surfers Paradise Queensland to Fremantle WA, returning 7 June - a round trip of 9000 km non-stop, to set a world record! Rod and his co-driver Austen Ritchie drove in convoy with his Kidney Kamper prototype (with spare engine just in case!) to promote the Kidney Kamper Van Program.
Our BIG RED KIDNEY BUS Launch
Kidney Health Australia presented our Big Red Kidney Bus - mobile holiday dialysis unit - on World Kidney Day in Australia, 13 March 2014.
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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
New guide 'Dialysis on the Road'
Patients who choose home dialysis have options to take dialysis with them, and a new resource from our health team offers advice to assist with their holiday preparations. 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
KIDNEY MEDIA & PRESS - HIGHLIGHTS Archived Media Releases>
4 April 2014: Explosion in diabetes-fuelled kidney disease - Diabetic kidney disease now costs the Australian healthcare system $1 billion annually Media>
The KinD Report 2014> (Kidneys in Diabetes) 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 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%) between 2000 and 2010 – one of the largest increases of any developed country.
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