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Position statements

Kidney Health Australia offers official position statements on various specific subject matters of relevance to our Kidney Community and Health Professionals.

Drink water instead

Kidney Health Australia's position statement was last reviewed and published in June 2008.

There is a lack of evidence that drinking water in excess of thirst is beneficial for the health of Australians living in temperate regions and not exercising strenuously.

To satisfy thirst, water is the recommended fluid. Drinks containing sugar or caffeine or alcohol may cause or worsen health-related problems and should be avoided except in modest quantities.

You can read our full position statement here.

 

Environmental Sustainability and Renal Care Position Statement

Nephrology practice (particularly dialysis) is very resource intensive and has high environmental impact. Recognising this, and the need for change, Kidney Health Australia, in partnership with the Australia New Zealand Society of Nephrology and the Renal Society of Australasia, has convened a working group, the Green Nephrology Action Team (GNAT).  GNAT promotes and supports transformation to environmentally sustainable care in Australia and New Zealand. GNAT has developed a draft Position Statement entitled Environmental Sustainability and Renal Care.

Open Environmental Sustainability and Renal Care Position Statement here.

Your feedback is welcomed. Please email anzsn@nephrology.edu.au.

National Rural Health Alliance - Kidney disease in Rural Australia

It is estimated that one in three Australian adults is at increased risk of developing chronic kidney disease, and one in nine Australian adults has some sign of kidney disease. People living in remote and very remote areas of Australia have much higher rates of end-stage kidney disease than their metropolitan counterparts, particularly in younger age groups.

CKD is typically asymptomatic, such that it is possible to lose up to 90 per cent of kidney function before symptoms appear. It is estimated that one in three Australian adults is at increased risk of developing CKD, and one in nine Australian adults has some sign of kidney disease. At the end of 2011 a total of 10,998 Australians were receiving dialysis, and according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare this figure is expected to increase 80 per cent by 2020.

Read this fact sheet, prepared in collaboration with Kidney Health Australia here.

To find out more about the National Rural Health Alliance Inc. click here.

Organ trafficking and transport tourism

Our Position Statement was published in November 2013.

Kidney Health Australia supports the Declaration of Istanbul on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism, which includes condemning the practice of buying and selling organs for transplantation and other illegal activities related to transplant tourism.

You can read the Declaration of Istanbul on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism here.

You can read our full position statement here.

Removal of Cinacalcet (Sensipar) from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme

Kidney Health Australia's position statement was reviewed in March 2016.

The statement outlines the situation regarding the recent changes to Cinacalcet (Sensipar) and a Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme subsidy.

You can read our full position statement here.

The Australian Charter of Home Dialysis Rights and Responsibilities

This charter is a guide for those who choose Home Dialysis, their Carers and the Health Professionals who provide their care.

The charter was produced in 2014 by The Home Dialysis Advisory Committee, a subcommittee of Dialysis Nephrology and Transplant (Joint Committee of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology and Kidney Health Australia). 

Open The Australian Charter of Home Dialysis Rights and Responsibilities.

The association between sugar sweetened soft drink & chronic kidney disease

Kidney Health Australia's position statement was published in December 2014.

Regular consumption of sugar-sweetened soft drinks is associated with the development of chronic kidney disease and kidney stone formation.

We support the Consensus Statement published by Cancer Council Australia, Diabetes Australia and the National Heart Foundation of Australia, which recommends adults and children limit their consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and instead drink water or reduced-fat milk.

You can read our full position statement here.

Water fluoridation

Kidney Health Australia's Position Statement on water fluoridation was last reviewed and published in September 2011.

You can read our full position statement here.


National Kidney Foundation (USA) - review April 2008
The National Kidney Foundation USA has not issued specific recommendations regarding fluoride intake and kidney disease due to the limited available research on the topic. The benefits of water, and dental products containing fluoride, is the prevention of tooth decay and dental cavities in people of all ages. The potential health risks are a rare bone disease called skeletal fluorosis, bone fractures and severe enamel fluorosis.

Read the National Kidney Foundation USA statements here.

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