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LATEST MEDIA 2014

26 August 2014:
Kidney Health Australia and Palliative Care Australia are calling for improved access to palliative care services for patients living with Chronic or End Stage Kidney Disease. Kidney failure patients are the second most frequent users of palliative care services in Australian hospitals, and statistics show that approximately 1500 dialysis dependent people die in Australia each year. More on our Policy & Advocacy page - read Media>

28 May 2014: State of the Nation - Chronic Kidney Disease in Australia May 2014>

CKD is common: Around 1.7 million Australians (1 in 10) aged 18 years and over have clinical evidence of chronic kidney disease (CKD). However, as CKD typically has no symptoms, less than 10% of the people with CKD are aware they have this condition.

This means over 1.5 million Australians are unaware they have indicators of CKD. The most visible outcome of CKD is end stage kidney disease (ESKD); people with ESKD require dialysis or a kidney transplant (together called renal replacement therapy) to stay alive.

There are currently 20,766 people in Australia who are on renal replacement therapy. However, people with CKD are up to 20 times more likely to die from a heart attack or stroke than they are to receive dialysis.

Currently, the three most common causes of kidney disease requiring kidney replacement therapy in Australia are diabetes, glomerulonephritis (inflammation of the kidney) and hypertension (high blood pressure). Media>



19 May 2014: Kidney Health Australia pays tribute to patron Sir Jack Brabham OBE
Australia’s peak kidney health organisation Kidney Health Australia has paid tribute to its patron, the inspirational Sir Jack Brabham OBE. Sir Jack, 88, passed away at his Gold Coast home this morning. Kidney Health Australia CEO Anne Wilson said Sir Jack had suffered from kidney disease and had been on dialysis for a number of years. He had been a patron of Kidney Health Australia since 2008. Media>



10 April 2014: Kidney Kids Camp Kicks Off!

Runaway Bay in the Gold Coast, played host to a special group of young Australians living with kidney disease. The 16th Kidney Health Australia National Kidney Kids Camp was bigger than ever, with 115 kids from all across the country attending.

Kidney Kids Camps are especially for 'Kidney Kids' aged 7 to 17 who have experienced chronic kidney disease (CKD) at stage 3 or greater, and their siblings. The Camps provide an opportunity for Kidney Kids to interact and have fun with other kids living with kidney disease, have a break from their normal routine, and build strong support networks. Media>



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) released today, 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 the 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 per cent) between 2000 and 2010 – one of the largest increases of any developed country. Media>



13 March 2014: Show your support for World Kidney Day

Approximately 600 million people worldwide have some form of kidney damage. Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is predicted to increase by 17% over the next decade, and is now recognised as a global public health issue. If detected early and managed appropriately, the deterioration in kidney function can be slowed or even stopped - yet awareness of kidney diseases is still very low and many people underestimate the vital role that their kidneys play. Media>

13 March 2014: Victoria welcomes world first mobile holiday dialysis bus

Thousands of Australians living on dialysis will now be able to take a holiday, without missing life-saving treatments.
To celebrate World Kidney Day, Minister for Health David Davis officially launched Kidney Health Australia’s Big Red Kidney Bus at Parliament House today. A world-first initiative, the BIG RED KIDNEY BUS will provide mobile holiday dialysis, travelling to popular holiday spots where it will set-up for six weeks at a time, staffed by Monash Health renal nurses and technicians. Media>

14 February 2014: Discuss your donation decision
Kidney Health Australia is calling on all Australians to discuss their wishes for organ donation. The call follows the launch of DonateLife Week (February 23 to March 2) Australia's national awareness week to promote organ and tissue donation, which this year is encouraging Australians to 'have the chat that saves lives'. Media>

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. Last year, 1,222 Australians received an organ transplant due to the generosity of 391 deceased donors and their families. Kidney transplants from deceased donors reached a new record in 2013, with a total of 645 Australians receiving the gift of life. Media>

10 January 2014: Australia's kidney disease burden increasing
The burden of kidney disease on the Australian health system continues to rise. Media>

8 January 2014: An Australia Day BBQ with a health twist
Aussies are being urges to fire up the BBQ and get cooking for a cause this Australia Day. Media>



ARCHIVED RELEASES FOR 2013

27 November 2013: ABS report reveals kidney disease on rise in Indigenous Australians
The self reported incidence of kidney disease amongst Australia's Indigenous population continues to climb to alarming levels. Media>

Kidney Health Australia unequivocally supports ‘The Declaration of Istanbul on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism’ (the Declaration) which includes condemning the practice of buying and selling organs for transplantation and other illegal activities related to transplant tourism. 

Kidney Health Australia's full Position Statement can be found on our Policy and Advocacy web page.

For more information on Australia’s organ donation efforts, or on the illegal practices of transplant commercialism organ trafficking and transplant tourism please see:
30 October 2013: Community support par for the course
Mildura resident, Shane Wilmann, is pulling out all chops to help raise funds for Kidney Health Australia! Media>

30 October 2013: Empowering Tasmanians to prevent chronic disease
Tasmanians given a unique opportunity to learn about chronic disease risk factors and preventative measures that can protect their health. Media>

18 October 2013: Kidney disease rampant in remote Australia
Research shows that Australians living remotely are at greater risk of dying from chronic kidney disease. KHA welcomes a report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare that highlights the prevalence and impact of kidney disease amongst Australians living outside of capital cities, particularly for those in remote locations. 'The Regional Variation in chronic kidney disease in Australia' report calls attention to the differences. Media>

21 August 2013: Tackling Kidney Disease: National Action Plan
KHA launched its key election policy document ‘Tackling Kidney Disease: A national action plan to reduce Australia’s kidney disease burden’. “Today we outlined six key areas for an incoming government to address. Each provides a range of initiatives that are realistic, tangible and will improve the lives of those living with kidney disease” said Anne Wilson, CEO of Kidney Health Australia. Media>

15 August 2013: The 25th Kidney Kar Rally raises millions for Kidney Kids
The 25th Kidney Health Australia Kidney Kar Rally kicked off Friday, August 16 in Tamworth and travels to Armidale
by 24 August, to raise funds for kids with kidney disease and spread awareness of kidney disease in local communities. Over 60 fundraising teams drive their rally cars over 4,500 kms encouraging locals to ‘take the test’ and assess if they are at risk of chronic kidney disease. Known as ‘the silent killer,’ chronic kidney disease is asymptomatic with some people losing 90 per cent of kidney function before experiencing any symptoms. Media>

5 August 2013: New study shines light on silent killer
A new comprehensive survey paints a bleak picture of Australia's kidney health. The Australian Bureau of Statistics released the biomedical results from the Australian Health Survey. Taking blood and urine samples of 11,000 people to test for chronic diseases and key biomarkers, it is the first time biomedical measurements have been taken in Australia on a national basis. Media>

1 July 2013: Live Organ Donor Leave Scheme starts today
Today marks the start of a two year pilot of Supporting Leave for Living Donors Scheme first announced in April to widespread support. KHA'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 live donors."  Media>

18 June 2013: First Operation Angel Awardees announced

For more information about the award and the awardees - refer to our Operation Angel 2013 web page.

14 June 2013: Australia's leading chronic disease groups applaud Ministers' decision to adopt star rating system for front of pack labeling of packaged food
Australia's leading chronic disease groups applauded the nation's food regulation ministers for endorsing a new star-based health rating system for the front-of-pack for processed, packaged food products. Media>

3 June 2013: Kidney Health Australia pays respect to Mr M Yunupingu
Kidney Health Australia is saddened by the passing of Australian music icon and campaigner Mr M Yunupingu following a long battle with kidney disease. Media>

28 May 2013: Minister announces a required kidney function test at Kidney Health Week launch
The Federal Minister for Health, the Hon Tanya Plibersek MP and the Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing, the Hon Peter Dutton launched Kidney Health Week. Minister Plibersek announce that the addition of a kidney function test to the annual cycle of care for those with type 2 diabetes under the Practice Incentives Program would start on the 1st of October. Media>

27 May 2013: Many Australians at increased risk of kidney disease - Plibersek and Dutton launch Kidney Health Week 2013: Sunday 26 May - Saturday 1 June
1 in 3 Australians is at increased risk of kidney disease. Undetected, untreated kidney disease is a silent killer. This striking, yet little known fact is the focus of this year's Kidney Health Week officially launched by Federal Minister for Health, the Hon Tanya Plibersek MP and Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing, the Hon Peter Dutton at Parliament House, Canberra. Media>

15 April 2013: Sir Jack Brabham visits 'very special' Redland Bay Kidney Kids Camp
Sir Jack and Lady Brabham joined 80 children with kidney disease and their siblings from around Australia at Kidney Health Australia's 15th annual National Kidney Kids Camp in Redland Bay. Media>

8 April 2013: March highest month on record for deceased organ donations
Kidney Health Australia today welcomes the announcement that March has resulted in the highest month for deceased organ donation rates in Australian recorded history - the first quarter of 2013 represented a 55 per cent improvement on 2012 results. Media>

7 April 2013: Key kidney policy announced by Government
The Australian Government announced a new two year pilot of a national Live Organ Donor Leave scheme – a key plank of Kidney Health Australia’s most recent policy submissions to Government. Kidney Health Australia’s CEO, Ms Anne Wilson said: “Today’s announcement is a big win for those with kidney disease and represents something we have been advocating for inclusion in the Federal budget.”  Media>

3 April 2013: A long way to go - The challenges of kidney disease for rural Australians
Kidney Health Australia, in collaboration with the National Rural Health Alliance is pleased to announce a new fact sheet designed to outline the status of kidney disease in rural Australia. It highlights the unique challenges rural Australians face in seeking ongoing management and treatment including: limited opportunities to undertake dialysis close to home, the requirement to travel greater distances for specialist consultations, and challenges relating to infrastructure and costs to enable home dialysis. It’s therefore unsurprising that survival of patients on dialysis is worse in rural and regional areas, when compared to Australian’s living in urban areas. Media>

26 March 2013: Gold Coast adventurer raises funds for dialysis patients to have their own adventures
Kidney Health Australia announces a program to provide those on dialysis with the opportunity to holiday in especially fitted out Kidney Campervans, made possible from an initial $50,000 pledge from the Wade family to develop this project. Media>

15 March 2013: Deaths from silent killer continue to rise
The incidence of kidney disease is rising despite a decrease in the biggest killer of Australians - heart disease. The number of deaths from kidney-related diseases has increased 17 per cent since 2002, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Media>

14 March 2013: 'Protect your kidneys, save your heart' this World Kidney Day
Chronic kidney disease has been found to be an important, independent and potent risk factor for cardiovascular disease. People with chronic kidney disease have a two to three-fold greater risk of cardiac death than individuals without chronic kidney disease. Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death for people on dialysis and those who have a transplanted kidney. Media>

Page updated 26 August 2014

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