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We are proud to announce a newly revised edition of this book has been written for people needing to decide about the treatment options for kidney disease and presents a carefully balanced view of the choices in type of dialysis and location. The new edition has adopted user-friendly spiral binding and writeable pages and has an enhanced focus on self-management strategies.

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Increasing evidence shows that with proper support, people with a chronic condition can take the lead in managing their condition which improves their health, quality of life, and reduces incapacity.

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Updated 17 April 2014 Disclaimer: Information provided is an introduction to a topic and not meant to substitute for your doctor's or health professional's advice. All care is taken to ensure this information is relevant and applicable to each Australian state. Kidney Health Australia recognises each person's experience is individual and variations occur in treatment and management due to personal circumstances. Consult a healthcare professional for specific treatment recommendations.
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Kidney Health Education - our brochures Minimize
Kidney Health, Diabetes & Blood PressureFind out how these two conditions can be linked to kidney disease.
All about Kidney Health AustraliaFind out about the work we do in the Australian Kidney Community - an overview of our education and social networking programs across Australia
Kidney Health Information ServiceCall our KHIS line on freecall 1800 454 363 - or email your question to khis@kidney.org.au
Kidney and Urinary Fast FactsUpdated April 2014
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Living with Kidney Failure - Fact Sheets Minimize
 TitleDescriptionModified Date
Albuminuria / ProteinuriaIf your kidneys are damaged and albumin leaks into the urine in very small or ‘micro’ amounts, this is called microalbuminuria. As kidney function declines albumin in the urine increases and larger or ‘macro’ amounts of albumin may be present.18/12/2013
All about AnaemiaLink between chronic kidney disease and anaemia 18/12/2013
All about Chronic Kidney DiseaseSometimes kidney failure can happen quickly. For example, kidney failure can be caused by a sudden loss of large amounts of blood or by an accident. A sudden drop in kidney function is called Acute Kidney Failure and is often short 16/04/2014
Alport Syndrome: Hereditary NephritisAlport Syndrome is a genetic disorder which causes problems with type IV collagen formation in the body. It leads to a form of hereditary nephritis which is estimated to affect at least 1 in 5,000 individuals. 27/02/2014
Blood in the urineCauses and tests for blood in the urine16/04/2014
Blood pressure and kidney diseaseBlood pressure is the pressure of the blood in the arteries as it is pumped around the body by the heart. Blood pressure does not stay the same all the time. It changes to meet the demands of your body. It is usually at its highest when we exercise.22/07/2013
Calcium and phosphateTwo minerals found in your bones providing much of its strength and keep other body parts healthy16/08/2013
Cardiovascular disease and Chronic Kidney DiseaseWhy your risk of heart disease increases if you have Chronic Kidney Disease 09/10/2013
Depression and Chronic Kidney DiseaseDepression is in the top five problems managed by general practitioners and is commonly reported among people with chronic health conditions including Chronic Kidney Disease.04/02/2014
Diabetic Kidney DiseaseAlso known as diabetic nephropathy09/10/2013
eGFR estimated Glomerular Filtration RateA measure of kidney function - your eGFR is a number you should know and understand18/12/2013
Finding problems before your baby is bornKidney and urinary tract problems in unborn babies22/07/2013
How to look after your kidneysThe role of the kidneys is often underrated when we think about our health. They are so important to health that nature gave us two kidneys to cover the possibility that one might be lost to an injury.22/07/2013
IgA NephritisIgA Nephriitis is a chronic kidney disease and refers to the antibody IgA (Immunoglobulin A) which helps to fight infection and is made in your throat, air passages, intestine and bone marrow.31/03/2014
Informed consent for medical testsInteresting points you should be aware of22/07/2013
Kidney CancerAll about this complex condition - also go to our special sister website www.kidneycancer.org.au for more information14/11/2013
Kidney Cysts, Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)Information on Cystic Kidney Disease including extensive detail on Polycystic Kidney Disease18/12/2013
Kidney disease tests and procedures People with kidney disease often undergo a lot of medical tests and procedures needed to confirm a diagnosis, plan treatment or check progress.20/09/2013
Kidney Health - What you should know....All about keeping your kidneys healthy03/06/2011
Kidney StonesKidney stones are hard rock‐like crystals of varying sizes and shapes. They can vary in size from as small as a grain of sand to as big as a golf ball.22/07/2013
Life with a single kidneyIf you are born with one kidney or lose a kidney, your remaining kidney gets bigger and heavier10/05/2013
Linking kidneys, cardiovascular disease & diabetesOverview of the links between kidney disease, cardiovascular disease and diabetes”.27/03/2014
Looking after yourself with CKDOnce you have been diagnosed with kidney disease there are many actions you can take to slow down the damage to your kidneys and keep you away from treatment such as dialysis and transplantation for as long as possible.22/07/2013
Lupus NephritisSystemic Lupus Erythematosus is often referred to as Lupus 22/07/2013
Making the most of your visit to the doctorHandy tips to help you ask the right questions22/07/2013
Membranous NephropathyMembranous nephropathy is also known as membranous glomerulopathy or membranous glomerulonephritis. It damages the kidney’s filter units or glomeruli, and causes these filters to leak protein into the urine.22/07/2013
NephritisInflammation of the kidneys 31/03/2014
Nutrition and kidney failuireTips to clarify many renal diet issues27/03/2014
Sexuality, Intimacy and Kidney DiseaseInfo on this very personal area of Kidney Disease16/04/2014
Using the internet to research kidney health informationHow to find high quality, evidence based kidney health facts on the web09/10/2013
What does that word mean?Simple explanation of medical terms in kidney disease18/12/2013
You're in Charge - self management educationTake care of your own kidney health - become an expert patient!13/06/2012
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Kidney Disease Treatments - Fact Sheets Minimize
 TitleDescriptionModified Date
Home HaemodialysisFor people thinking about doing haemodialysis at home 27/02/2014
HaemodialysisInformation on haemodialysis - a treatment option 27/02/2014
Access for DialysisInfo on access points for Haemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis 27/02/2014
Peritoneal DialysisContinuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD) and Automated Peritoneal Dialysis (APD) 27/02/2014
Kidney Transplant - A treatment optionA transplant is a treatment for kidney failure but it's not a cure. A transplant potentially offers a more active life and longer life, free from dialysis as well as dietary restrictions.27/02/2014
Non-dialysis Supportive Care: A Treatment OptionNon-dialysis supportive care is the treatment choice for kidney failure when you have decided that the options of dialysis and transplant are not appropriate for you27/02/2014
Treatment OptionsSimplified overview on treatment options27/02/2014
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Organ Donation - Fact Sheets Minimize
 TitleDescriptionModified Date
Deciding about live donationWhatever you decide ‐ the decision is yours alone.10/05/2013
Live Kidney DonationInformation about the live donation process 22/07/2013
Non-directed Live Kidney DonationGifting one of your kidneys to a stranger10/05/2013
Organ and tissue donation & transplantationOrgan and tissue donation is a life-saving and life-transforming medical process where organs and/or tissues are removed from a donor and transplanted into someone who is very ill or dying from organ failure.18/12/2013
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Urinary System - Fact Sheets Minimize
 TitleDescriptionModified Date
Urinary IncontinenceInfo for people with poor bladder control 10/05/2013
Urinary reflux in childrenEffect of urinary reflux or back flow on the kidneys 22/07/2013
Urinary Tract InfectionsWhat are the causes of UTIs and treatment available09/10/2013
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PDF Kidney TransplantMany people receive a kidney from a living family member or loved one. Sometimes it could also be from someone you don’t know through a system called the Paired Kidney Exchange. For most people, transplant will improve their quality of life.
PDF So you need education? Early Stage CKDHave you been diagnosed with late stage kidney disease? EDUCATION IS YOUR NEXT STEP
PDF Supportive CareConservative Care of non dialysis patients. If you have kidney failure you can decide to let nature take its course. Your life may be shorter, but your quality of life may be better.
PDF Chronic Kidney DiseaseHow to look after yourself
PDF HaemodialysisHaemodialysis will need to become part of your routine. When you are off dialysis you can continue your normal daily life. For holidays you need to book into another dialysis clinic.
PDF Home Peritoneal DialysisPeritoneal dialysis gives you lots of freedom to continue your life as you choose. You can work, carry on with hobbies, study, play sport, go shopping and with planning will be able to holiday at most places.
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Last updated: Apr 2014.