Kidney Health Week is a national, community event. Together we aim to create awareness about maintaining kidney health, as well as kidney disease and its impact.
Every year in the last week of May, thousands of people from across our nation turn red to support and promote kidney health. A wide range of activities are held across Australia to share the message of prevention, detection and support. Join our kidney health community and support 2016 Kidney Health Week!
Read our 'State of the Nation: Chronic Kidney Disease in Australia Report'. This report is an opportunity to read up to date information about what is happening in the kidney world. (State of the Nation - Australia's Kidney Health Report - 23.05.16 Media Release).
2016 Kidney Health Week - Sunday 22 to Saturday 28 May
This year’s theme ‘I Kidney Check’ focuses on encouraging Australians to care about their own kidney health.
'I Kidney Check' Community Gallery
Visit our online 'I Kidney Check' community gallery. See stories from people from across Australia on why 'I Kidney Check'. Add your own story and pictures too! Find out why it's so important to kidney check.
We ask ‘Why Kidney Check?’
Did you know kidney disease can affect anyone – and it could be you. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is known as a silent killer, as an estimated 1.7 million Australian adults have signs of it and most don’t know. You can lose up to 90% of kidney function without being aware as there can be no warning signs.
One Australian dies with kidney related disease every 25 minutes - that’s 16 times greater than the road toll.
People with chronic kidney disease have a 2 to 3-fold greater risk of dying from cardiac death than people without chronic kidney disease. For people with chronic kidney disease, the risk of dying from cardiovascular events is 20 times greater than the risk of requiring dialysis or transplantation.
The thing is, early detection and effective management can halt chronic kidney disease or slow progression by as much as 50%!
So it is critical to know the risk factors and to take action! Learn more about Kidney Health Checks here.
Do you have any of these risk factors?
- High blood pressure
- Heart problems
- Have had a stroke
- Family history of kidney failure
- History of acute kidney injury
- Over 60 years of age
- Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin
If you answer yes to any of these, then you should get a regular kidney check.
If you know you do have risk factors, ask your doctor for a regular Kidney Health Check you can help detect kidney disease early and improve your outcomes.
Read our Kidney Fast Facts here.
Get involved in Kidney Health Week
We welcome everyone to get involved with the prevention, detection and support of kidney health.
Ideas for contributing to the success of Kidney Health Week include:
- Host an information display at your workplace or social organisation
- Visit your local health centre to conduct blood pressure checks
- Organise a red morning or afternoon tea
- Dress in red for a day at your workplace or school
You can email us to request balloons to support your event!
Free event resources can be downloaded below:
- Kidney Health Australia Welcome Letter: Includes fundraising and promotional suggestions.
- Social Media Supporter Kit: Includes official profile pics and shareable social media content
- A3 posters: Meet your kidneys, and kidneys control your blood pressure
- A3 poster: Why kidney check?
- DL postcard: Do you have diabetes? High blood pressure?
- DL postcard: Why you need to know about kidney disease
Contacts for Kidney Health Week
For more information, phone our freecall number 1800 454 363 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For media information packs, please email email@example.com
If you would like to help us during Kidney Health Week, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Media will be encouraged to spread critical information about early detection and prevention as well as the burden of chronic kidney disease and initiatives we have developed to save and improve the lives of people affected by the condition.
Awards for excellence in early detection of kidney disease
Every person at risk of kidney disease should receive a regular kidney health check and subsequent evidence based care to reduce the progression of their kidney disease.
To recognise excellence in this field, we are proud to announce a new awards program to celebrate individuals or organisations who deliver best practice.
Nominations have now closed. Award recipients will be announced in Kidney Health Week.
We had asked for nominations of a primary care individual, clinic or group demonstrating excellence in early detection and management of kidney disease.
For more information email Christine DeLaine Christine.DeLaine@kidney.org.auEventsKidney Kar Rally