|Kidney Health Week is a national awareness campaign to promote good kidney health, held annually in the last week of May.
The 2013 campaign: 26 May – 1 June
Tagline: ‘1 in 3 Australians is at increased risk of kidney disease. Undetected, untreated kidney disease is a silent killer. Find out if you’re at risk, visit www.kidney.org.au’
The chosen tagline for this year’s Kidney Health Week represented the serious risk chronic kidney disease (CKD) has on the health of Australians.
While there has been significant progress over the past 15 years, kidney-related disease kills more people a year than breast cancer, prostate cancer or even road traffic accidents.
Sadly, the incidence is still rising with an estimated 1.7 million Australians over the age of 25 having at least one clinical sign of existing kidney-related disease.
A recent report highlights that in the last two decades, the number of Australians receiving renal replacement therapy (transplantation or dialysis) has tripled, and more awareness needs to be raised to address this growing, and costly, public health epidemic.
Kidney disease is a silent killer that can make someone’s kidney function deteriorate to 10 per cent without feeling sick, at which time dialysis or transplantation is required to stay alive.
1 in 3 Australians over the age of 25 is at increased risk of developing kidney-related disease and so our annual Kidney Health Week is a key time to educate the general public on the risk factors.
Activities for the 2013 Kidney Health Week included:
If you would like to become involved in future Kidney Health Week events or have questions related to this campaign, please contact the events team on 03 9674 4300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- An official Kidney Health Week launch at Parliament House, attended by The Hon Tanya Plibersek and The Hon Peter Dutton: see media>
- Re-launching the online risk assessment tool www.checkmykidneys.com.au
- Local kidney risk screenings held across Australia
- Community fundraising events held across Australia
- Information stands and community awareness events
- Media generation including social media campaign
Page updated 18 November 2013