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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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World Kidney Day  is held on the second Thursday of March each year
Established in 2006, the aim of World Kidney Day is to raise awareness of the importance of kidneys to an individual’s overall health and to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide. Every year, World Kidney Day highlights a particular health education theme.

World Kidney Day 2017 - 9 March 




World Kidney Day themes

2016:  Kidney Disease and Children. Better Knowledge, Better Care 
2015:  Kidney Health for All
2014:  Chronic Kidney Disease and aging
2013:  Kidneys for Life – Stop Kidney Attack!
2012:  Donate – Kidneys for Life – Receive
2011:  Protect your kidneys: Save your heart
2010:  Protect your kidneys: Control diabetes
2009:  Protect your kidneys: Keep your pressure down
2008:  Our amazing kidneys!
2007:  Chronic Kidney Disease: Common, harmful and treatable
2006:  Are your kidneys OK?

World Kidney Day 

You can see more information about this global health education day at worldkidneyday.org

World Kidney Day is an initiative of the International Society of Nephrology and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations

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