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PLEASE SUPPORT OUR........'Travel Freedom on Dialysis - Campervan Program'
Please note your donation as 'Travel Freedom on Dialysis - Campervan Program'.
Or simply use our free call 1800 454 363 and our staff will make this easy for you, via your 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>
Our BIG RED Kidney Bus
Kidney Health Australia presents the BIG RED Kidney Bus, which 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. We need your help for fit out of our bus - DONATE to Kidney Health Australia>.
Find out more about this program here>
Enquiries: Jo Fairbairn, Community Education & Health Promotion Manager - 03 9674 4315
or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
World Salt Awareness Week: 10-16 March 2014
Stop ... Look ... Choose ... The lower salt option!
The theme of this year’s World Salt Awareness Week is “SWITCH!”
A high salt diet can not only lead to high blood pressure, but to osteoporosis, obesity, stomach cancer, kidney stones, and stroke. 75% of the salt that we consume comes from processed foods. So think about the hidden salt in the food you put into your shopping trolley and, where possible, choose the lower salt option.
Australian adults eat an average of nine grams of salt each day. Much more salt than the one gram that we need, and far more than is healthy. AWASH aims to reduce salt consumption by Australians to an average of six grams each day.
Click here to read AWASH’s statement on Australian salt intakes. Download the poster to highlight this them: Print or go to www.awash.org.au where you can order a Salt Awareness Pack and other resources.
Transplant story: A personal journey - Menzies School of Health Research - new video
This 52 minute film of the 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. To view full credits supporting this excellent video - download video support details pdf>
or you can view a short overview video below. Other Menzies resources available here>
Inquiries on how to obtain this video should be directed to:
Menzies School of Health Research, phone 08 8922 8196 (Reception), fax 08 8927 5187 or email your query to email@example.com
KIDNEY NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS
Archived KHA Media and Press Releases>
29 January 2014: Kidney donation rates rise across the board
More Australians received a life-saving kidney in 2013 than ever before. Kidney Health Australia welcomes today’s latest statistics from the Australian Government highlighting 2013 as a milestone year for deceased organ donations and a welcome improvement in living organ donations.
October 2013: Kidney disease rampant in remote Australia
New research shows that Australians living remotely are at greater risk of dying from chronic kidney disease. Kidney Health Australia welcomes this morning’s report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) that highlights the prevalence and impact of kidney disease amongst Australians living outside of capital cities, and particularly for those in remote locations. 'The Regional Variation in chronic kidney disease in Australia' report calls attention to the differences. Read more about this>
August 2013: Kidney Health Australia welcomes NT Government announcement
An extra $7.5 million per year will be injected into the Patient Assistance Travel Scheme (PATS) including the introduction of a new 'weekly' distance traveled figure. NT Govt media>
Introduce a ‘weekly’ figure – meaning those who travel 400km per week will be eligible (for a standard 6 trips a week for 3 sessions of dialysis, the one way km distance effectively drops from 200km to 66km)
Increase in the accommodation rates
Increase the reimbursement rates for travel, as well as address a number of the specific issues we raised
1 July 2013: Australian Live Organ Donor Leave Scheme starts
A two year pilot of the Supporting Leave for Living Donors Scheme began 1 July 2013. Kidney Health Australia's CEO, Anne Wilson said: "Kidney Health Australia fought hard for the establishment of a live organ donor scheme. Today is a historic day for the donor community, marking the first time the avenue of access to paid leave has been available or eligible Australian live donors." This pilot scheme provides up to six weeks paid leave at minimum wage to employers, who pass it on to eligible employees who become live organ donors. Refer to our Policy & Advocacy area to read KHA submissions on behalf of our Kidney Community.
Click to Register - read support messages - LOGIN to comment
Our GUEST BOOK message board has been created especially for you to register your support for the continuation of the Live Organ Donor Leave Scheme. These comments will be very important in the evaluation of this program by Government, to achieve continued funding. Please register and post your comments now.
Page updated 7 March 2014