Thursday 10 March 2016 is World Kidney Day
In 2016 our focus is Kidney Disease and Children. Better Knowledge, Better Care.
We invite you to join the international community in creating awareness about how to improve kidney health and how to reduce risk factors for preventable kidney disease.
On 10 March 2016, schools are invited to hold a healthy lifestyle event with a gold coin donation to Kidney Health Australia. Swapping soft drinks for water, creating opportunities for physical activity and celebrating healthy food choices are all encouraged.
World Kidney Day is a global campaign aimed at raising awareness of the importance of our kidneys. Every year across the world hundreds of events take place from public screenings in Argentina to Zumba marathons in Malaysia. We do it all to create awareness about preventive behaviours, risk factors and how to live with a kidney disease. We do this because we want kidney health for all.
Please join in to support the work of Kidney Health Australia in promoting good kidney health through education, advocacy, research and support and our vision to save and improve the lives of Australians affected by kidney disease.
While the mortality associated with many chronic diseases including some cancers is stable and even declining, kidney disease is rapidly escalating, killing two Australians every hour. One in three people is at risk, however there can be no warning signs. We can lose 90% of kidney function before symptoms arise. Sadly an estimated 1.7 million Australians aged 18 and over already have at least one clinical sign of existing chronic kidney disease.
Many children may be at risk at an early age. It is therefore crucial that we encourage and facilitate education, early detection and a healthy lifestyle in children to combat the increase of preventable kidney damage including acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease and to treat children with hereditary and acquired disorders of the kidney and urinary tract.
Resources to support World Kidney Day activities
We have put together some resources to support your World Kidney Day health education event. You may access the resources to download online.
World Kidney Day presentation for schools (children 6-11 yrs) - download it here
Four 'Billy the Kidney' activity colouring-in sheets
Department of Health’s ‘Healthy Bodies Need Healthy Drinks’ resource pack
Register your interest in World Kidney Day 2016
If you have any questions, please phone Jane Sydenham-Clarke on 1800 454 363 or email her at Jane.Sydenham-Clarke@kidney.org.au
World Kidney Day background
World Kidney Day was established in 2006 and is held on the second Thursday of March each year
The aim is to raise awareness of the importance of kidneys to an individual’s overall health and to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide.
Every year, World Kidney Day highlights a particular theme.
In 2015 it was ‘Kidney Health for All’, which provided the opportunity for us to focus on the devastating impact of kidney disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
A Parliamentary event was held with Close the Gap and ANZSN, calling on the Government to address Indigenous kidney health. Key spokespeople highlighted some challenges and recommendations to members of Parliament, whilst Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Bill Shorten MP and the Hon Senator Fiona Nash both showed their support.
Kidney Health for All: A report on policy options for improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Kidney Health
This report is informed by Kidney Health Australia’s World Kidney Day Leadership Breakfast and Policy Roundtable, and provides an overview of the issues experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with kidney disease.
A range of policy-focused recommendations are provided for consideration by the Federal Government, State and Territory Governments, key health organisations working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and the kidney community.
Read this important report here.
Read the World Kidney Day 201 health publication, ‘Chronic kidney disease in disadvantaged populations’ here.
World Kidney Day themes
2016: Kidney Disease and Children. Better Knowledge, Better Care
2015: Kidney Health for All
2014: Chronic Kidney Disease and aging
2013: Kidneys for Life – Stop Kidney Attack!
2012: Donate – Kidneys for Life – Receive
2011: Protect your kidneys: Save your heart
2010: Protect your kidneys: Control diabetes
2009: Protect your kidneys: Keep your pressure down
2008: Our amazing kidneys!
2007: Chronic Kidney Disease: Common, harmful and treatable
2006: Are your kidneys OK?
World Kidney Day
You can see more information about this global health education day at www.worldkidneyday.org