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20 November 2013: Kidney Health Australia's Position Statement on Organ Trafficking>
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.
Our 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:
18 October 2013: Kidney disease rampant in remote Australia
New research shows that Australians living remotely are at greater risk of dying from chronic kidney disease. Kidney Health Australia welcomes this morning’s report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) that highlights the prevalence and impact of kidney disease amongst Australians living outside of capital cities, and particularly for those in remote locations. 'The Regional Variation in chronic kidney disease in Australia' report calls attention to the differences. Read more about this>
21 August 2013: Tackling Kidney Disease: National Action Plan
Kidney Health Australia today launched its key election policy document ‘Tackling Kidney Disease: A national action plan to reduce Australia’s kidney disease burden’.
“Today we’ve 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 Ms Anne Wilson, CEO of Kidney Health Australia. Find out more.... Media>
15 August 2013: The 25th Kidney Kar Rally raises millions for Kidney Kids!
5 August 2013: New study shines light on silent killer
The 25th Kidney Health Australia Kidney Kar Rally will kick off this 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 will 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>
The result of a new comprehensive survey paints a bleak picture of Australia's kidney health. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today 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 commencement of the two year pilot of the Supporting Leave for Living Donors Scheme, first announced in April to widespread support. Kidney Health Australia's Chief Executive Officer, Ms 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 have today 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 came together for the official launch of Kidney Health Week this morning. 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 commence 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. The week will be 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 today. 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 last Thursday. 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, and that the first quarter of 2013 represented a 55 per cent improvement on last year's results. Media>
7 April 2013: Key kidney policy announced by Government.
The Australian Government today 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 (NRHA), is pleased to announce that a new NRHA fact sheet on kidney disease in rural Australia has been developed and is now available online. The fact sheet is designed to outline the status of kidney disease in rural Australia and highlight the unique challenges that 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 the 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 adventures of their own.
Kidney Health Australia is thrilled to announce commencement of work on a program that will provide those on dialysis with the opportunity to holiday in especially fitted out Kidney Campervans. This holiday dialysis initiative is being made possible as the Wade Family of the Gold Coast whose initial $50,000 pledge announced yesterday has made development of the project possible. 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 new figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released today. 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>
14 March 2013: Local pilot launched on World Kidney Day educates kidney patients.
In celebration of today's World Kidney Day, an innovative, educational service for patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) was launched at Cairns Base Hospital. The Kidney Health Australia Kidney Kiosk is an integrated educational touchscreen unit enabling individuals with CKD and their families to have access to up-to-date information on nutrition, Indigenous health and further resources. The Kidney Kiosk is a portable, easy to navigate touchscreen that can be used while patients dialyse or placed in waiting rooms to fill the need for self-management training. Media>
24 February 2013: Breaking down barriers to organ donation.
Today Kidney Health Australia welcomes the start of DonateLife Week, designed to 'make your wish count' by encouraging families all around Australia to 'discover, decide and discuss organ and tissue donation.' Ms Anne Wilson, CEO of Kidney Health Australia said: "It's important that we work together to shine a light on the processes surrounding organ donation - helping families understand the decision that can transform the life of those waiting for a transplant, including the 1,100 waiting for a kidney." Media>
18 February 2013: Kidney Health Australia welcomes DonateLife Week.
Kidney Health Australia welcomes today's launch of the DonateLife community education campaign called 'DonateLife... the greatest gift' ahead of the commencement of DonateLife Week. Media>
22 January 2013: 2012 a landmark year for organ donation.
Kidney Health Australia welcomes today's latest statistics from the Australian Government highlighting 2012 as a landmark year for organ donation - with more Australians receiving life-saving transplants than ever before. Media>
8 January 2013: Strides in kidney disease research expected with 2013 project grants.
Kidney Health Australia has awarded half a million dollars to fund kidney related research in 2013. This includes funding specific projects by some of Australia's leading medical professionals working to tackle kidney disease. Media>
ARCHIVED NEWS RELEASES FOR 2012
18 December 2012: Some gains, but still more needed to treat kidney cancer.
More Australians are being diagnosed with kidney cancer at the same time as five-year survival rates are increasing, according to a recent report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). Media>
11 November 2012: Local program provides holiday for chronically ill.
West Australian dialysis patients have the unique opportunity to receive their lifesaving dialysis treatments while on holiday as part of the 14th annual Henry Giblett Adult Dialysis Program, subsidised by Kidney Health Australia. Media>
4 November 2012: A welcome change to organ donation in NSW.
Kidney Health Australia welcomes the decision by the New South Wales Government to decommission the NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) Organ Donor Register and move to the single national register -- the Australian Organ Donor Register. Media>
29 October 2012: Australians need to get a grip on health.
Nearly two-thirds of Australians are overweight and obese, yet just over half of Australians over the age of 15, consider themselves to be in very good or excellent health, according to the first results from the Australian Health Survey released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Media>
26 October 2012: Patients given power to choose dialysis treatment.
Australian dialysis patients will be empowered to choose the best form of treatment for themselves as a result of a landmark three-year national education program by Kidney Health Australia, funded by the Australian government under the Chronic Disease Prevention and Service Improvement Flexible Fund. Media>
18 October 2012: Governor-General to bestow honour on kidney researcher.
Professor David Harris will today be awarded Kidney Health Australia’s prestigious Priscilla Kincaid-Smith Medal for his outstanding contribution to research in the field of kidney disease. Her Excellency, The Governor-General Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO will bestow Professor Harris with the award at the Westmead Hospital this afternoon. Professor Harris has made major clinical contributions in the prevention and management of chronic kidney disease, as well as in the management of patients with end-stage kidney disease by dialysis. Media>
27 September 2012: Chronic Kidney Disease highlighted in new study.
A new study released today by the Victorian Government reaffirms the need for people to keep on-top of their health, highlighting that chronic kidney disease is expected to rise as a result of increasing risk factors such as diabetes, hypertension and an aging population. Media>
Updated 25 November 2013