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28 May 2015: Kidney Health Australia's State of the Nation  2015 - Chronic Kidney Disease in Australia
A new report paints a striking picture of Australia’s kidney health, highlighting kidney disease as a silent killer which goes largely undiagnosed, and often works in partnership with cardiovascular disease and diabetes.  The report highlights two confronting facts: less than 10% of Australians with the Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) realise they have it; and 51% of people with CKD also have cardiovascular disease or diabetes. The report highlights that 6 out of 10 people with CKD have hypertension, but sadly 96% of Australian adults are unaware of the link between high blood pressure and kidney disease. Read full report>

27 May 2015: Reps’ inquiry must translate to real change if health system to remain sustainable

Australia’s health system will be more sustainable if a new government inquiry into chronic disease prevention translates into best practice, the Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (ACDPA) said today. ACDPA Chair, Dr Erin Lalor, said the alliance welcomed the House of Representatives inquiry into chronic disease prevention and management in primary care, provided its recommendations were evidence-based and adopted by government. Media>

13 May 2015: Improved Support for Living Donors welcomed
Kidney Health Australia welcomes the Federal Government’s commitment to continue to fund the Supporting Leave for Living Organ Donors Program for a further two years, and congratulates the Government on its decision to extend the leave period from six to nine weeks. Media>

29 March 2015: Key announcements made to tackle Kidney Issues

Kidney Health Australia is celebrating to significant announcements made last week – the same week that Australia used World Kidney Day to focus on the critical issue of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Kidney Health.The announcements indicate both an ongoing commitment to support for living donors, and an increased focus on funding critical research. Media>

26 March 2015: Kidney disease is a silent killer of Indigenous Australians
Kidney disease impacts regardless of locality and people often have few symptoms until they need to have dialysis. At a Parliament House event this morning to mark World Kidney Day, Kidney Health Australia was joined by the Close the Gap Campaign Steering Committee and the Australian & New Zealand Society of Nephrology (ANZSN), to highlight the critical impact of chronic kidney disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Media>

10 February 2015: Kidney Health Australia welcomes today’s latest statistics from the Australian Government highlighting 2014 as a milestone year for living organ donations

Last year, 1,117 Australians received an organ transplant due to the generosity of 378 deceased donors and their families. Overall, there was a 3% drop in the number of deceased organ donors in 2013 to 2014, whilst living kidney donors increased in the same timeframe. Media>


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. 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 Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation (The Purple House) on providing 10 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, 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

Updated 26 May 2015

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