PUBLIC SUBMISSIONS AND ADVOCACY DOCUMENTS
Kidney Health Australia is a national health care charity, with a vision 'to save and improve the lives of Australians affected by kidney disease'. As the national peak body, Kidney Health Australia promotes good kidney health through delivery of programs in education, advocacy, research and support.
These submissions listed below represent written responses to public calls for submissions which Kidney Health Australia has prepared. These submissions compliment Kidney Health Australia's ongoing and detailed advocacy with Federal, State and Territory governments on a range of issues facing those living with kidney disease, their families and their carers. Further information regarding recent announcements on health policy can be found in our recent KHA media>
Submission into interim report: A New System for Better Employment and Social Outcomes>
Kidney Health Australia welcomed the opportunity to provide input into the interim review report ‘A New System for Better Employment and Social Outcomes’ released by the Government on 29 June 2014. Kidney Health Australia would also welcome the opportunity to expand upon this in person, as we feel strongly there is now an opportunity to address the inequitable approach to supporting those providing episodic, but critical care, for those on dialysis and that doing so can improve social and productive outcomes.
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.
Kidney Health Australia’s Submission to the Senate Inquiry on out-of-pocket medical costs in Australian healthcare> This document outlines Kidney Health Australia’s submission to the Federal Government’s Senate Inquiry on out-of-pocket medical costs. Some of these costs for kidney consumers might be related to transport costs - to and from dialysis; home dialysis costs; and costs associated with being a live donor.
Kidney Health Australia's 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).
National Consensus Statement: Essential Elements for Safe and High-Quality End-of-Life Care in Acute Hospitals> Response to the consultations questions about the national consensus statement from Kidney Health Australia. Kidney Health Australia is a not for profit organizations whose focus is to improve kidney health outcomes leading to substantial improvement to the quality of life for people with kidney and urinary tract diseases, their families and carers, as well as developing initiatives that reduce the incidence of kidney disease in the Australian community. Kidney Health Australia recognise the importance of safe and high quality hospital care for those at the end-of-life. In 2007, one in ten deaths is related to chronic kidney disease.
Kidney Health Australia Pre-budget Submission: 2014-15 Federal Budget> Kidney Health Australia budget submission includes a number of proposals to address the full spectrum of the health sector – from strategic planning, early detection, education and support in the primary care sector, and organ donation.
All of the proposals are realistic, designed to be low-cost, no-cost or generate savings and have one principle in common – they are all designed to improve the lives of those with kidney disease through smart, targeted interventions, which seek to support existing efforts and policy.
Kidney Health Australia submissions to the Federal Review of Medicare Locals> This submission outlines Kidney Health Australia’s submission to the Federal Government’s Review of Medicare Locals, including outlining the important role of awareness and education regarding kidney disease at the primary care level.
Kidney Health Australia submission to the Queensland Government’s review of Patient Travel> This submission outlines Kidney Health Australia’s suggestions on improving the Queensland patient travel reimbursement scheme.
Kidney Health Australia submission to National Commission of Audit> This submission outlines Kidney Health Australia’s response to the National Commission of Audit’s Terms of Reference.
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.
For more information on Australia’s organ donation efforts, or on the illegal practices of transplant commercialism organ trafficking and transplant tourism please see:
Tackling Kidney Disease: A national action plan to reduce Australia’s kidney disease burden> Kidney Health Australia's key election policy document outlines 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.
There are 1.7 million adult Australians – one in ten – with existing signs of chronic kidney disease. Yet less than one percent is aware of their condition, sadly confirming kidney disease remains Australia’s ‘silent killer’. Up to 90 percent of kidney function can be lost before any symptoms become evident.
There are nearly 11,000 people on dialysis, and we expect that number to increase by 80 percent by 2020.
The treatment of end stage kidney disease is estimated to cost in excess of $1 billion in direct health expenses, with the economic cost of forgone productivity even higher. It is also ranked as the 10th leading cause of death in Australia, with more people dying from kidney disease each year than from breast cancer, prostate cancer or even road deaths. It is clearly time to act. Read an overview of this plan in Media>
Kidney Health Australia submissions into the South Australian Government’s review of patient travel> These submissions outline Kidney Health Australia’s suggestions on improving the South Australian patient travel reimbursement scheme. The first submission outlines the high level issues on this topic - read the initial KHA review>. The second submission responds to the more detailed terms of reference following their release - read KHA response to SA Government on the PATS scheme>
Kidney Health Australia submission into the Northern Territory review of patient travel> This submission outlines Kidney Health Australia’s suggestions on improving the Northern Territory patient travel reimbursement scheme.
Pre Budget Submission 2013-2014 Federal Budget - Charting a comprehensive approach to tackling kidney disease> Kidney Health Australia’s budget submission outlines proposals to guide increased risk assessment, support early detection and improve the treatment of kidney disease. This submission proposes a number of key ‘next steps’ to tackle kidney disease by presenting a package of evidence‐based and cost‐effective interventions spanning strategic planning, improved early detection, education, the funding of ongoing treatment and organ donation.
Submission on The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan> This submission outlines Kidney Health Australia’s initial round of comments and suggested areas of focus for the development of a new ‘National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan’ (NATSIHP). This submission further supports Kidney Health Australia’s involvement in the national consultation workshop process held in 2012.
Consultation response to NSW Government regarding Organ Donation> This submission outlines Kidney Health Australia’s initial comments regarding the Deceased Organ and Tissue Donation – Consent and Other Procedural Requirements; the Practice Guidelines for when doctors accede to a family’s objection to donation; and Designated Officers – Procedures and Guidelines.
Submission on ACT Government’s Strategy for Improving Care and Support for those Living with Chronic Conditions> This submission outlines Kidney Health Australia’s views and recommendations on the ACT Health Directorate’s ‘Strategy for Improving Care and Support for those Living with Chronic Conditions 2012-2017’. The submission outlines the state of kidney disease in Australia, provides specific feedback on the previous ‘2008-2011 - ACT Chronic Disease Strategy’ and comments on the six key goals and priorities outlined in the plan.
Submission to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee - The Need for Second Line Treatments for Kidney Cancer> In light of Kidney Health Australia’s work to support those with kidney cancer, this submission supports the view that Australian consumers should have equitable, timely access to the necessary range of subsidised treatment options available internationally, which includes both first and second line treatments for kidney cancer.
Submission to the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) Consultation Paper for the Pricing Framework for Australian Public Hospital Services 2013-14> Kidney Health Australia’s submission outlines a number of points regarding the delivery of dialysis services and the current varying rates of uptake of the different modalities and settings in which it is undertaken, particularly regarding home dialysis. It puts forward the view that there should be a more holistic accounting of home dialysis, including the costs faced by consumers in undertaking dialysis at home, when looking to determine the ‘efficient price’ for the delivery of these services.
Page updated 1 September 2014