Kidney Health Awareness Week is a prominent time for Kidney Health Australia to run awareness campaigns that target the general public as well as those who are already in the kidney community.
In the 2015 Kidney Health Awareness Week campaign, watch out for our back to basics campaign highlighting the role of the kidneys, what happens when they fail, and what can be done to promote good kidney health during this week of awareness - raising and education.
Held every year in the last week of May,Kidney Health Awareness Week provides a theme for a range of activities occur across Australia, to promote a message of early detection, prevention and support.
These very personal kidney stories - are told by everyday Australians with kidney disease.
To mark our Kidney Health Week in 2014, Kidney Health Australia announced important new developments in the space of kidney health.
Kidney Health Australia in partnership with Siemens Australia, Amcal and Guardian Pharmacies, launched the new KidneyCheck Progam>. This is a world first program for people diagnosed with high blood pressure or diabetes, which 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.
KHA also 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. More information>
Communities all across Australia will be turning red to help raise awareness of Kidney Health Week and the impact of kidney disease. Free event packs containing posters, postcards and balloons can be ordered to help with activities (see order details below).
In 2014, over 2300 people displayed Kidney Health Week information. Mark and Katrina Brightwell from Warrnambool in Victoria used the resource materials sent to them, to display in their cafe, and donated $1 from every coffee sold during the Tuesday of that week to the work of Kidney Health Australia. Their nine-month-old daughter, Mira (photo bottom right) was born with chronic kidney disease and they were inspired to lend their support to help spread the message.
“We were really surprised to know that you can lose up to 90 per cent of your kidney function without even realising it. Being involved in last year’s Kidney Health Week meant that we could help get the word out to the people of Warrnambool that it’s important to assess your risk of chronic kidney disease. We look forward to being involved again this year!” Katrina said.
Other ideas for Kidney Health Week include:
- Hosting an information display
- Visiting your local health centre to hand out information
- Organising a red morning/afternoon tea
- Dressing in red for a day at your workplace or school
- Hosting a Big Red BBQ or red themed dinner party
For additional information about Kidney Health Awareness Week or to order a free Event Pack, email our Events Team at firstname.lastname@example.org, click here to order online> or simply call 03 9674 4300. Download our posters and postcards via links at bottom of this page.
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Updated 16 April 2015