See Kidney Health Australia's recent media releases and statements.
16 December 2015: New report confirms dialysis patient transport woes
The ‘Challenges in methods and availability of transport for dialysis patients’ report, new research conducted by Kidney Health Australia published in the current issue of Renal Society of Australasia (RSA) Journal, highlights that patients living with kidney disease often suffer from inadequate transport support. Download.
18 November 2015: Kidney community mourns Jonah Lomu
Australia’s peak kidney health organisation, Kidney Health Australia, has paid tribute to New Zealand rugby union legend, Jonah Lomu, following his sudden passing last night at the age of 40. Download.
6 November 2015: Kidney Health Australia launches new website
National health care charity, Kidney Health Australia, has today launched its eagerly anticipated new website boasting a range of new features, rebranded design, and educational resources packaged in a clear, concise, and engaging format. CEO and Managing Director of Kidney Health Australia, Anne Wilson, is thrilled with the new kidney.org.au website and said it will help to increase awareness about the full range of kidney health conditions and organ donation issues, as well as raising vital funds. Download.
8 September 2015: Kidney Specialists Honoured at Parliament House
Two of Australia’s leading and researchers received the award in recognition of their outstanding achievements in patient care, and contribution to research into the treatment of kidney disease. Presented at the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology Annual Scientific Meeting Conference dinner at Parliament House, medals were presented to Professor John Agar OAM and Associate Professor Tim Mathew AM, who have dedicated their careers to the care and treatment of people with kidney disease while advocating for changes that positively impact the lives of affected patients and families. Download.
31 July 2015: Funding boost for renal in Central Australia welcomed
Kidney Health Australia welcomes the announcements by Federal Assistant Minister Fiona Nash and Northern Territory Housing Minister Bess Price which significantly increases funding for Central Australia’s renal infrastructure and services to the tune of $25.3 million over 3 years. Download.
25 July 2015: Kidney Health Australia pays tribute to founder Professor Priscilla Kincaid-Smith CB
Kidney Health Australia has paid tribute to its founding member Emeritus Professor Priscilla KincaidâSmith, who passed away earlier this month, aged 88. KincaidâSmith was a pioneer in the field of renal medicine and one of Australia’s foremost kidney specialists. Download.
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 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. Download.
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. Download.
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. Download.
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. Download.
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 and New Zealand Society of Nephrology (ANZSN), to highlight the critical impact of chronic kidney disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Download.
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. Download.