For health professionals
- One in 10 Australian adults have signs of CKD. Of people affected, less than 10% are aware they may have the condition.
- An increasing proportion of Australian adults are at risk of comorbid CKD, diabetes and cardiovascular disease due to ageing and risk factor trends.
- CKD and related comorbid conditions are most common among the most disadvantaged Australians, those living in remote areas of Australia, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
- Up to 90% of kidney function may be lost before symptoms are present, therefore annual checking of urine albumin/creatinine ratio (ACR), estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) and blood pressure (the Kidney Health Check) in those with diabetes or hypertension, and every 1–2 years for others at increased risk is essential. Early detection and intervention may slow or halt disease progression and reduce cardiovascular risk.
- Pharmacological treatments with demonstrated cardiovascular and kidney protection should be considered in addition to healthy lifestyle strategies to improve patient outcomes.
- Avoid or adjust the dose of medicines that may increase the risk of decline in kidney function or cause adverse effects due to reduced clearance.
CKD – Integrating kidney health into patient care
NPS MedicineWise News
Integrate targeted screening, early detection and diagnosis of chronic kidney disease (CKD) into your clinical practice to slow or prevent deterioration in kidney function and improve cardiovascular outcomes of your patients.
Clinical resources and tools
Resources to use with your patients
- Kidney Health Australia patient resources
Books, publications and fact sheets to help manage your patients with kidney disease.
- Kidney Health Australia: My Kidneys My Health: Living with early-stage chronic kidney disease
Available as a free digital handbook and as a free mobile smart phone app
For your Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients
- Kidney Health Australia: Kidney Health Indigenous flip chart
Images with simple text messages for health workers to share with patients about how to look after their kidney health.
- Kidney Health Australia: Kidney stories toolkit
Individual kidney stories to share with patients.
A range of resources about kidney health presented in fact sheets and videos.
Resources in community languages
- Kidney Health Australia has developed factsheets on several topics in a range of languages
- NSW Health SUCCESS App
The SUCCESS smart phone app provides simplified patient information about managing CKD.
(Currently in pilot phase)
- Kidney Health Australia has webinars available for free.
See list of webinars
Online learning modules (ThinkGP)
Choosing Wisely Australia
Choosing Wisely Australia helps healthcare providers and consumers have important conversations about improving the quality of health care by reducing unnecessary and sometimes harmful tests, treatments and procedures.
5 questions to ask your doctor or other healthcare provider is a resource that can help patients ensure they receive the right amount of care.
Kidney Health Australia support services
- Kidney Helpline 1800 454 363 or email [email protected]
- Kidney Health Australia kidney clubs, buddies and online support groups – One-on-one and group peer support programs across Australia.