Kidney Check Australia Taskforce

The Kidney Check Australia Taskforce (KCAT) is responsible for managing our education program for health professionals. The taskforce offers a series of world-class education modules aimed at improving the knowledge, detection and management of kidney disease in general practice.

KCAT was established in 2001 to improve health outcomes for Australians with chronic kidney disease. An expert committee, comprising prominent kidney specialists, health professionals, educators and individuals, governs the activities of the taskforce.

KCAT continues to be the leading voice in kidney education in Australia and is the only organisation offering comprehensive education on kidney disease to health professionals. The learning modules are offered nationally through host organisations, conferences and online learning.

Education
Education about chronic kidney disease is offered by KCAT for:

  • general practitionersnurses
  • Aboriginal health workers
  • pharmacists
  • other health professionals.
  • The education modules are offered in a number of formats including:
  • one-hour and two-hour interactive face-to-face workshops
  • active learning modules, run as full-day workshops or as a series
  • online learning.

Host a KCAT workshop
KCAT offers education modules, at no cost, partnering with organisations such as Medicare Locals and Renal Health Services to deliver education to their members and contacts.

To host a workshop:

  • Contact the KCAT team to discuss your education session.
  • Nominate your preference of CKD topic.
  • Nominate your preferred dates.
  • Arrange the venue, catering and sponsor.
  • Invite participants.
  • Run the workshop.
  • Issue individual certificates to workshop participants.
  • Return the attendance list and evaluation and feedback forms to KCAT.

KCAT will:

  • Source an appropriate speaker for your workshop, usually a local kidney specialist or renal nurse.
  • Supply you with electronic copies of the workshop materials (template invitations, certificates, evaluations, case study notes etc.) and post hard copies of the publication ‘Chronic Kidney Disease in General Practice’ for each participant.
  • Complete administration requirements associated with Royal College of General Practitioners and Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine accreditation, if applicable and arranged in advance.
  • Prepare an activity report, which is provided to the host organisation, speaker and accreditation bodies.

Education modules

Workshops for GPs and primary care groups

  • Early detection and management of chronic kidney disease.
  • Management of Stage 3 chronic kidney disease in general practice.
  • Management of Stages 4 and 5 chronic kidney disease.
  • Decision-making and symptom control in end stage kidney disease.
  • Online learning module for GPs, nurses and other health professionals.
  • Diabetes and chronic kidney disease: a sinister combination.
  • Management of resistant hypertension in general practice.
  • Cardiovascular risk reduction in chronic kidney disease.
  • eGFR and drug dosing (suitable for pharmacists).
  • Chronic kidney disease in Indigenous Australians. 

Workshops specifically for primary care nurses

  • Detecting and managing chronic kidney disease.
  • Chronic kidney disease and diabetes: Make the connection, change the management.
  • Nurse leadership in cardiovascular risk reduction in chronic kidney disease.

Online learning modules are also offered for GPs, nurses and other health professionals.

Online learning modules
Under the auspices of KCAT, the online educator ThinkGP offers the following online learning modules for GPs, nurses and other health professionals.

Chronic Kidney Disease: issues for General Practitioners
This module uses several case studies as a platform to discuss topics such as identifying patients at risk of CKD, diabetic kidney disease and heavy proteinuria.

See more here.

Diabetes and chronic kidney disease: a sinister combination
Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney disease and around one-third of all people with diabetes will have diabetic kidney disease.

This module investigates the relationship between kidney disease and diabetes and the significant changes in management that are required in individuals who have both conditions.

See more here.

Chronic Kidney Disease Management in General Practice
This module discusses the detection of chronic kidney disease. The stages of the disease are discussed, with action plans for each stage outlined.

Complications of the disease are listed and targets for various clinical features are described. The role of the management team is outlined and indications for referral to a kidney specialist are discussed.

See more here.

Accreditation
Kidney Health Australia is an authorised provider of accredited activities under the Quality Improvement and Continuing Professional Development program of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).

All two-hour KCAT modules are already accredited as repeated activities allocated four (Cat 2) points in the program for the 2014–2016 triennium.

Each KCAT module has been approved with the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) for two core PDP points. All KCAT education sessions can be accredited with relevant organisations for CPD, on an individual basis.

Our KCAT Education Team
Breonny Robson: National Health Professional Education Manager
Christine Delaine: Health Professional Education Coordinator
Claire Sheeky: Health Professional Education Coordinator (currently on maternity leave)

For further information on the KCAT program or to arrange a workshop, phone 08 8334 7512 or email KCAT@kidney.org.au

The postal address is Kidney Check Australia Taskforce, GPO Box 9993, Adelaide SA 5001.

Resources
KCAT provides a number of resources to improve the knowledge, detection and management of kidney disease in general practice.

eGFR calculator
The estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate (eGFR) is the best measure of kidney function. An eGFR result is provided when a serum creatinine test is ordered in an adult.

The rate can be calculated by using our eGFR calculator, which you can see details of here.

Chronic Kidney Disease Management handbook
The handbook, ‘Chronic Kidney Disease Management in General Practice’ (3rd edition), provides guidance and clinical tips to help identify, manage and refer patients with chronic kidney disease. The third edition of the handbook contains:

  • a new chronic kidney disease staging system and colour-coded action plans
  • new recommendations about albuminuria
  • new eGFR recommendations
  • new blood pressure targets.

The handbook has been officially endorsed as an Accepted Clinical Resource by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, and has also been endorsed by the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Assocation and the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology and Kidney Health Australia.

See more here.

Chronic Kidney Disease Management poster
An informative wall poster, ‘Chronic Kidney Disease Management in General Practice’, contains the key points from the handbook and is designed for display in primary care clinics.

Download a copy of the poster here.

Program Partner
We acknowledge our sponsor organisations, whose generous support through unrestricted education grants significantly aids the outstanding success of our KCAT education program for health professionals.

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