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Kidney Health Week


2017 Kidney Health Week (5 – 11 March)

Kidney Health Week is one of the biggest periods of the year for raising local and national awareness about kidney health. In previous years it’s been held in May and we’ve enjoyed great success in getting the kidney health message out to the wider public – with so many of you helping at a grass roots level, volunteering your time and sharing your stories. 

To create an even greater impact in 2017, Kidney Health Australia will align Kidney Health Week with World Kidney Day, which falls on Thursday 9 March. Kidney Health Week will run from 5 – 11 March. 

This year’s campaign will also tie-into the World Kidney Day theme of ‘Kidney Disease and Obesity – Healthy Lifestyles for Healthy Kidneys’. We look forward to keeping you in the loop and working with you to spread awareness about kidney disease and kidney health. 

Register your interest in Kidney Health Week 2017 via events@kidney.org.au



2016 Kidney Health Week

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?

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart problems
  • Have had a stroke
  • Family history of kidney failure
  • History of acute kidney injury
  • Obesity
  • Smoker
  • 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:

Contacts for Kidney Health Week

For more information, phone our freecall number 1800 454 363 or email events@kidney.org.au

For media information packs, please email media@kidney.org.au

If you would like to help us during Kidney Health Week, please email volunteering@kidney.org.au

You can also connect with us through social media on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

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 primarycare@kidney.org.au.

See Young Australian of The Year state finalist, Grant Monks, speak out on why everyone should get their kidney's checked in the video below.


World Kidney Day

The next World Kidney Day will be held on Thursday 9 March 2017

World Kidney Day is an annual global campaign to raise awareness of the importance of our kidneys, and to shine a light on prevention and early detection of kidney disease, which affects an estimated 1.7 million Australians - 90% of whom don't know they have it. 

While the mortality associated with many chronic diseases including some cancers is stable and even declining, two Australians every hour continue to die with kidney related disease. Visit www.worldkidneyday.org

World Kidney Day - Thursday 10 March 2016
Kidney Disease and Children. Better Knowledge, Better Care

Many children may be at risk of kidney disease at an early age. It is therefore crucial that we encourage and facilitate education, early detection and a healthy lifestyle in children to combat the increase of preventable kidney damage including acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease and to treat children with hereditary and acquired disorders of the kidney and urinary tract.

In 2016, we invited schools across the country to hold a healthy lifestyle event, like swapping soft drinks for water, creating opportunities for physical activity, or celebrating healthy food choices., to join the international community in creating awareness about how to improve kidney health and how to reduce risk factors for preventable kidney disease.

We hope you had fun with this education project. If you took photos, send them to us by email to media@kidney.org.au

School Resources: World Kidney Day Australia 2016 
Education resources are available to help teach children about their kidney health in the classroom.

World Kidney Day presentation 
PowerPoint for teachers educating children 6 to 11 years, on kidney health. You can download this  PowerPoint here.

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Billy the Kidney colouring sheets
Joining with the international community in raising awareness about kidney health, students created posters for their World Kidney Day activities using any of the four colouring sheets - download the sheets here. Students were encouraged to use their imagination to create a scene where Billy is doing something fun and active outdoors. (See two submitted in photos top of page - judged best received so far).

Some may be featured in our international and Australian communications reporting on World Kidney Day 2016.

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Healthy Bodies Need Healthy Drinks     
Department of Health - Resource Package. Go to their main website here.

Register your interest in World Kidney Day
Email volunteering@kidney.org.au to register your interest in participating in this kidney health education event.

If you have questions: phone us on freecall 1800 454 363 or email events@kidney.org.au

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