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KIDNEY HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK 2015 Minimize
Sunday 24 May to Saturday 30 May 2015

MEET YOUR KIDNEYS

This year’s Kidney Health Week focuses on introducing Australians to their kidneys, and educating them about the role they play, including their vital function of regulating blood pressure. We aim for Australians to understand how important kidneys are to their overall health and to keep a look out for risk factors leading to kidney disease.

There are a range of activities and announcements happening across the country, so be sure to check our website and social media channels regularly for the latest news on Kidney Health Week.

FOLLOW OUR SOCIAL CHANNELS
It’s a social media takeover! Special guest Billy the Kidney is taking the social media reigns throughout #KHW15. So join us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to #MeetBilly and #MeetYourKidneys, with lots of information, health tips, profile pics/covers and special prizes on offer.

                                          


ENTER OUR PHOTO COMPETITION
We’d love to capture photos of our kidney community getting involved with Kidney Health Week. Enter our photo competition and you could WIN a set of 4 x Fitbit Flex wristbands (for you and 3 friends or colleagues) valued at over $500. Spot prizes also on offer! They’ll be judged on capturing the ‘spirit of Kidney Health Week’ so get creative and have fun. Photos must be submitted by end of Monday 1 June 2015.



To enter:


Post photos on your own social account and tag
@KidneyHealth & #KHW15

Or email photos to events@kidney.org.au




REGISTER YOUR ACTIVITY

We would love to hear from you if you’re hosting any activity within your community. It will help us support you better and make sure you have all the materials you require. Please email events@kidney.org.au or call 1800 454 363 and ask to speak with Annette Smith.

FUNDRAISE AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Thank you to those who are raising funds to support Australians affected by kidney disease throughout Kidney Health Week. Donation tins and fundraising support is still available for anyone who would like to get involved. Every dollar counts, big or small and we are happy to brainstorm fun ideas to get those around you involved! Please email events@kidney.org.au or call 1800 454 363 and ask to speak with Annette Smith.


If you are unable to fundraise throughout Kidney Health Week, why not make a donation via our Shout account.

Even $5 would be appreciated - encourage your friends to do the same and share this link.

https://shoutforgood.com/kidneyhealth

SHARE YOUR STORY
Many members of our kidney community will be sharing their stories with the media throughout Kidney Health Week. If you have been personally affected by kidney disease and would like to share your story, contact Cassandra Bradshaw on email cassandra.bradshaw@kidney.org.au or call 03 9674 4313.

If you are planning an activity in your community, you can use our template media release (below), edit with your event information, and distribute to your local media outlets.

KIDNEY CHECK PROGRAM
The KidneyCheck program available exclusively at Amcal and Guardian pharmacies is the first Australian self-management program for people diagnosed with diabetes and high blood pressure.

Developed by Kidney Health Australia, this program allows you to conveniently check your urine for protein – one of the first signs of kidney damage. For more information click here.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES
Kidney Health Australia has a range of speakers available to contribute to media requests. All enquires should be directed to Cassandra Bradshaw, National Media and Communications Manager, via email to cassandra.bradshaw@kidney.org.au or call her on 03 9674 4313.

HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
During Kidney Health Week, health professionals across Australia will be hosting awareness activities to inform the general public about their risk of developing kidney disease. If you are a health professional and would like to get involved, please download some helpful forms below and if you have questions, email events@kidney.org.au or call 1800 454 363 and ask to speak with Annette Smith.

ORDER YOUR FREE EVENT PACK
Over 3000 free event packs have been sent all over Australia, sharing our Kidney Health Week message.

Event packs include:
25 x ‘Blood pressure’ postcard-sized information cards   
25 x 'Kidney disease’ postcard-sized information cards  
2 x 'Blood pressure’ posters 
2 x ‘Meet your kidneys and kidney disease’ double-sided posters 
1 x ‘Statistics’ infographic poster   
1 x Kidney Health Australia branded poster  
1 x Template media release for your local newspapers 
1 x Suggested list of promotional activities and social media involvement    
10 x Kidney Health Australia balloons

To order your event pack, email events@kidney.org.au or call 1800 454 363 and ask to speak with Annette Smith.

Additional supplies can be ordered, or you can download electronic versions of our material below.

KIDNEY DISEASE - A SILENT KILLER

These very personal kidney stories are told by everyday Australians with kidney disease.



Updated 22 May 2015
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Kidney Health Week Resources Minimize
 TitleDescription
Blood pressure postcardDetailing the connection between blood pressure and your kidneys
Blood pressure posterGet your blood pressure checked today announcement
Meet your Kidneys & Kidney disease posterPractical tips and information on the role of kidneys and kidney disease
Kidney disease postcardDetailing specifics on kidney disease and why it's important to understand the risk factors
Kidney Health Week 2015 letter An overview on ways to get involved
Statistics infographic poster 
Kidney Health Australia branded posterHighlighting KHA's work in the community
Kidney Health Week 2015 Community Activity - Media release templateWord format - enable editing, to promote your event details
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Last updated: May 2015.