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Kidney Community News: July 2014>

From the Managing Director and CEO *Government Relations Update *Medical Matters: Get Moving! Why exercise is so important for people with CKD *Register for the Big Red Kidney Bus! *NAIDOC Week 2014 * Kidney Club numbers grow in Adelaide *Kidney Kar Rally revs up! *Big Red Kidney Walk> Don't see a walk in your area? Sign up to Host your Own  *CKD, Dialysis & Diabetes-friendly tasty recipe: Spicy Beef>

Kidney Calendar of Events 2014>

  • 9 August: Kidney Health Australia turns 46!
  • 15-23 August: KHA 26th Kidney Kar Rally! Gundagai to Cootamundra, via Mt Gambier. Raises vital funds for Kidney Health Australia's National Kids Programs.

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National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia - free public Forum
Melbourne City Convention Centre, 333 Swanston Street, Melbourne
6pm to 7.30pm on Monday 1 September

This Forum will feature presentations from visiting lecturers from Stanford University and StemCells Inc who will discuss when stem cell medicine will deliver on its promise for cancer, neurological diseases, and tissue regeneration. The Forum will also address issues such as pursuing unproven stem cell treatments and the factors holding research back.  Visit http://stemcellfoundation.eventbrite.com.au to register and for more information.

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.

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.

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

Kidney Community poster>  Download and print a copy to display in your Dialysis Unit



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.


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 bigredkidneybus@kidney.org.au

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.

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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