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Living with kidney failure (new 8th edition)

The newly revised edition of this book is written for people needing to decide about treatment options for kidney disease. It presents a carefully balanced view of choices in type of dialysis and location. It features user-friendly spiral binding and writeable pages with an enhanced focus on self-management strategies.

We can help you become an 'expert patient'
A discerning patient learns the elements of how to locate and refer only to high quality evidence-based education. Refer to our site as first reference - we do the work for you. Patients become 'experts' as they learn a set of life skills to cope with and manage their chronic conditions. 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.

For people with, or affected by, kidney or urinary disease

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Page updated 27 May 2015. Disclaimer: Information provided is an introduction to a topic and not meant to substitute for your doctor'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.
Kidney Health Information ServiceCall our KHIS line on freecall 1800 454 363 - or email your question to khis@kidney.org.au
Kidney Health Australia Programs and ServicesFind out about the work we do in the Australian Kidney community - an overview of our programs and services, delivered every day across Australia.
Kidney & Urinary Fast FactsUpdated April 2015
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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.4/02/2015
All about AnaemiaLink between chronic kidney disease and anaemia 13/02/2015
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 13/05/2015
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. 13/04/2015
Blood in the urineCauses and tests for blood in the urine7/05/2015
Blood pressure and chronic 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.18/11/2014
Calcium and phosphateTwo minerals found in your bones providing much of its strength and keep other body parts healthy15/09/2014
Cardiovascular disease and chronic kidney disease Why your risk of heart disease increases if you have chronic kidney disease 7/05/2015
Common Kidney Disease Symptoms and ManagementKidney disease can affect many aspects of your health. These complications may be caused either by kidney disease itself, or by its treatment (e.g. side‐effects of medications).25/09/2014
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 Disease13/02/2015
Diabetic Kidney DiseaseAlso known as diabetic nephropathy5/11/2014
eGFR estimated Glomerular Filtration RateYour eGFR result helps your doctor to determine how well your kidneys are working. eGFR is a measure of your kidney function - your eGFR is a number you should know and understand. 5/02/2015
Finding problems before your baby is bornKidney and urinary tract problems in unborn babies15/09/2014
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.15/09/2014
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.13/05/2015
Informed consent for medical testsInteresting points you should be aware of15/09/2014
Kidney Cancer - AdvancedFor more education on this topic go to our sister site www.kidneycancer.org,au24/03/2015
Kidney Cancer - LocalisedFor more education on this topic - go to our sister website www.kidneycancer.org.au24/03/2015
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.25/09/2014
Kidney Health - What you should know....All about keeping your kidneys healthy3/06/2011
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.25/09/2014
Life with a single kidneyIf you are born with one kidney or lose a kidney, your remaining kidney gets bigger and heavier3/06/2014
Linking kidney disease cardiovascular disease and diabetes Overview of the links between kidney disease, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.7/05/2015
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.25/09/2014
Lupus NephritisSystemic Lupus Erythematosus is often referred to as Lupus 15/09/2014
Making the most of your visit to the doctorHandy tips to help you ask the right questions20/11/2014
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.25/09/2014
NephritisInflammation of the kidneys 13/05/2015
Nutrition and kidney failureTips to clarify many renal diet issues13/04/2015
Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)Information on Cystic kidney disease including extensive detail on Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)13/04/2015
Sexuality fertility and kidney diseaseInformation on a very personal area of kidney disease7/05/2015
Using the internet to research kidney health informationHow to find high quality, evidence based kidney health facts on the web25/09/2014
What does that word mean?Simple explanation of medical terms in kidney disease13/02/2015
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
Access for DialysisInfo on access points for Haemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis 3/06/2014
Non-dialysis Supportive Care: A Treatment OptionNon-dialysis supportive care is the treatment choice for kidney failure when you have decided the options of dialysis and transplant are not appropriate for you20/06/2014
HaemodialysisInformation on haemodialysis - a treatment option 15/09/2014
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.15/09/2014
Peritoneal DialysisContinuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD) and Automated Peritoneal Dialysis (APD) 27/01/2015
Home HaemodialysisFor people thinking about doing haemodialysis at home 27/01/2015
Treatment OptionsSimplified overview on treatment options13/04/2015
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Organ Donation - Fact Sheets Minimize
 TitleDescriptionModified Date
Deciding to be a live kidney donorWhatever you decide ‐ the decision is yours alone.17/06/2014
Live Kidney DonationInformation about the live donation process 20/11/2014
Non-directed Live Kidney DonationGifting one of your kidneys to a stranger3/06/2014
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.5/11/2014
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Urinary System - Fact Sheets Minimize
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Urinary IncontinenceInfo for people with poor bladder control 20/06/2014
Urinary reflux in childrenEffect of urinary reflux or back flow on the kidneys 25/09/2014
Urinary Tract InfectionsWhat are the causes of UTIs and treatment available25/09/2014
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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.25/07/2013
PDF So you need education? Early Stage CKDHave you been diagnosed with late stage kidney disease? Education is your next step.20/11/2014
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.29/07/2013
PDF Chronic Kidney DiseaseHow to look after yourself25/07/2013
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.24/07/2013
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.24/07/2013
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Last updated: May 2015.