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Here are details of our Kidney Clubs around Australia, with news of upcoming events, and also information about our holiday program for people on dialysis.

Kidney Club

Kidney Club

Our Kidney Clubs are support groups specifically for people with any stage of kidney disease, who are on dialysis, have had or are waiting for a kidney transplant, or have one or more health conditions that can cause kidney function impairment. 

There are Kidney Clubs across metropolitan and regional Australia. Meetings are organised with the assistance of local hospitals, volunteers and community groups.

The benefits of attending a Kidney Club in your city

The major benefit of people with kidney disease and their families joining a Kidney Club is meeting other people who have experience with kidney disease, or any chronic disease. You can learn from others how to cope with and manage your daily needs, how to provide appropriate and effective care, and how to more easily live with your condition. You can also learn about available resources and how others solve problems you may be experiencing.

For more information about Kidney Clubs, email Matty Hempstalk at matty.hempstalk@kidney.org.au or phone him on 0404 177 748 or freecall 1800 454 363. Also check our Kidney Club directory below for local contact details.

Next Kidney Club Meeting in Perth

Kidney Club Perth - 7 February 2016 from Noon to 2pm
The Como Hotel, 241 Canning Highway, Como WA - view poster here.
Roast lunch provided - RSVP essential by 3 February 2016 for catering numbers.
Freecall 1800 454 363 or email Club@kidney.org.au, call Colette at our WA Office on 08 6160 9500, or Matty on 0404 177 748.

Kidney Club Directory 

New South Wales

Armidale Kidney Club
Enquiries: freecall 1800 454 363 or email Club@kidney.org.au
Local contact: phone Nicki on 0427 903 227.

Blacktown Kidney Club
Enquiries: freecall 1800 454 363 or email Club@kidney.org.au

Northern Territory

Alice Springs Kidney Club
Enquiries: freecall 1800 454 363 or email Club@kidney.org.au
Local contact: Hayley Connelly, Flynn Drive Renal Unit, 08 8951 6785.

Darwin Kidney Club
Enquiries: freecall 1800 454 363 or email Club@kidney.org.au

Queensland

Cairns Kidney Club
Enquiries: freecall 1800 454 363 or email Club@kidney.org.au

Harvey Bay Kidney Club
Enquiries: freecall 1800 454 363 or email Club@kidney.org.au
Local contact: Lynne Abell or Debra Dow, Hervey Bay Renal Unit, 07 4325 6850.

Sunshine Coast Kidney Club
Enquiries: freecall 1800 454 363 or email Club@kidney.org.au

South Australia

Adelaide Kidney Club
Enquiries: freecall 1800 454 363 or email Club@kidney.org.au
 
The Adelaide Coffee Club
Meets on the third Tuesday of each month from 10.00 am to noon at the Sheoak Cafe, 38 Sheoak Rd, Belair. View their poster here. Enquiries: phone Joy on 08 8392 2809 or email dandjrob@yahoo.com.au

Tasmania

Hobart Kidney Club
Enquiries: freecall 1800 454 363 or email Club@kidney.org.au

Western Australia

North Perth Kidney Club and South Perth Kidney Club
Enquiries: freecall 1800 454 363 or email Club@kidney.org.au

Victoria

Goulburn Valley Kidney Club
Enquiries: Carmel Chaston on 03 5795 2541 or email Club@kidney.org.au

Dialysis and Tansplant Association
Patient self-help group of people with kidney failure, their families, carers and friends. D.A.T.A. Victoria members on dialysis can access low cost holiday homes (two with dialysis options) for family holiday at Rosebud, Yarrawonga, Blackburn.

Holiday dialysis camp

The Henry Giblett Adult Holiday Dialysis Program allows people on home dialysis to enjoy a holiday without missing out on life-saving treatment. Currently operating in Busselton, Western Australia, it’s the only program of its kind in Australia.

Founded in the 1990s, the program is named in honour of Henry Giblett, a dialysis patient who had a haemodialysis machine installed at his holiday home, where he allowed other people on dialysis to stay for holidays.

Families who meet the program criteria can apply to attend a week's holiday, with dialysis provided at a temporary dialysis unit. Up to ten patients a day can receive dialysis three times a week for four hours at a time.

The dialysis unit is in a ‘non-hospital’ setting, which helps create a relaxing holiday atmosphere, and is walking distance to the beach. Program participants are supported by subsidised travel, accommodation, meals and activities.

All stay at the Grand Mecure Apartments and are provided with free cinema tickets, a bush tucker tour, morning tea for carers, a tour of the Busselton Jetty Underwater Observatory tour, and a train ride through tourist spots with a volunteer guide.

Applications
Applications have now closed for 2015. 

If you have any questions, please phone our Perth office on 08 6160 9500 or email wa@kidney.org.au.

While participation in the program is presently only for West Australian residents, we are looking to expand this program for the benefit of our kidney community around Australia. If you can help, please phone us on freecall 1800 454 363 or email info@kidney.org.au.

Acknowledgment
Funding to subsidise the Henry Giblett Adult Holiday Dialysis Program is kindly provided by Lottery West, who have a proud history of enhancing the quality of life and wellbeing of West Australians. You can read more about their community support programs here.


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