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LATEST MEDIA 2014

24 October 2014: Insidious chronic disease killing a third of Australians
New research shows that chronic kidney disease (CKD), diabetes and cardiovascular disease account for 36% of all Australian deaths. Kidney Health Australia welcomes this morning’s report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) that highlights the prevalence and impact of these three major conditions amongst Australians.

“It’s quite staggering that 61% of all Australian deaths were attributed to at least one of these diseases being the underlying or associated cause of death,” said Ms Wilson, “Chronic Kidney Disease was found to be the underlying or associated cause of 14,842 deaths, which accounts for 10% of all deaths.”

Crucially, the report highlights the significance and importance of the overlap between these chronic diseases and the huge impact they have on the lives of Australians - at least two of these conditions were recorded in 14% of Australian deaths in 2011,” added Ms Wilson. Read more in our media>

20 October 2014: Free housing for rural kidney transplant donors and patients 
Victorians living in rural  areas undergoing lifesaving  kidney transplant surgery will now be able to recover at a new home away from home in Melbourne. Kidney Health Australia will today launch its Emorgo Kidney Transplant House, which provides accommodation at no cost to eligible patient and their families who  need to be housed close to  their transplanting hospital. Media>



22 September 2014: Purple House celebrates ten years of dialysis in the desert
Kidney Health Australia congratulates the Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation (The Purple House) on providing ten years of much needed renal dialysis services in Alice Springs and Kintore. Media>

10 September 2014: New data shows shocking prevalence of kidney disease amongst Indigenous Australians
Striking new data indicates that 90% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders with signs of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) are not aware that they have the killer disease. The biomedical survey findings of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey were released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), revealing that CKD has reached alarming levels amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, with prevalence steadily increasing with age from early adulthood. Media> and ABS Findings>



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 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: KHA 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, who has passed away. 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. 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 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/ 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. Media>



13 March 2014: Show your support for World Kidney Day

Approximately 600 million people globally have some form of kidney damage. Chronic Kidney Disease is predicted to increase by 17% over the next decade and is 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 of their kidneys. 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 KHA 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 6 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. KHA 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>



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 page. For more on Australia’s organ donation efforts, or on the illegal practices of transplant commercialism organ trafficking and transplant tourism:
18 October 2013: Kidney disease rampant in remote Australia
Research shows 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. '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>

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

1 July 2013: Live Organ Donor Leave Scheme begins
Today marks the start of a two year pilot of Supporting Leave for Living Donors Scheme first announced in April to widespread support. KHA 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: Operation Angel Awardees announced

For more information about this award and awardees - refer to our Operation Angel 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 are at increased risk of kidney disease - Plibersek and Dutton launch Kidney Health Week
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 our 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>

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>

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