Chronic kidney disease: clinical resources and tools

Useful resources and tools to diagnose and manage patients with chronic kidney disease.

The NPS MedicineWise program on chronic kidney disease has been developed in collaboration with Kidney Health Australia and the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO).






Medicine management resources


  • Australian Prescriber How to adjust doses in chronic kidney disease
    This article describes factors to consider when prescribing medicines cleared by the kidneys to patients with CKD such as dose amount and dose interval. Guidance on when automated estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) may need to be adjusted is provided.
  • Veterans’ MATES Think ‘kidney function’ when prescribing
    This brochure provides guidance and practical advice on which medicines GPs need to keep front of mind and actions to take when prescribing for Veterans with age-associated kidney function decline.



Resources for treating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

  • Central Australian Rural Practitioners Association (CARPA) Standard Treatment Manual (7th edition)
    This manual includes a collection of protocols for the management of common conditions seen in remote (mainly Aboriginal) health practices. It is an essential tool to support evidence-based practice in remote and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services.
  • Kimberly Aboriginal Medical Services (KAMS) and Western Australian Country Health Service (WACHS) Chronic Kidney Disease booklet This three-page pdf has key points about CKD: screening, assessment, management (including women of child-bearing age) and when to refer or discuss with a nephrologist.
  • Menzies School of Health Research: Kidney Stories
    A series of resources (books, brochures and posters) designed to educate Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory about CKD.

Communication training resources

  • Kidney Health Australia My Kidney My Choice Decision Aid
    This is a tool to support shared decision-making between patients and health professionals when deciding on treatment options for people with kidney failure. It includes information to guide the health professional with their discussion and a resource for the health professional to use together with their patient.
  • RACGP Cultural awareness and cultural safety training
    This resource is a RACGP CPD-accredited online training module that aims to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by enhancing the cultural awareness of GPs, general practice staff, medical students, primary health care staff, and other healthcare providers.
  • Teach-back method
    Teach-Back is a simple yet effective communication tool used to check understanding. This website includes an online module and information presented via a video or, presentation format to learn about Teach-Back. The website also includes health literacy resources.