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Primary Care Education

Kidney Health Australia (KHA) has been providing free accredited education to primary care health professionals since 2001. Formerly known as The Kidney Check Australia Taskforce (KCAT), Kidney Health Australia primary care education activities are governed by an expert committee, called the Primary Care Education Advisory Committee for KHA (PEAK).

Primary Care Education Advisory Committee for KHA (PEAK)

The aim of PEAK is to improve the health outcomes for people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) by ensuring that general practitioners (GP) were aware of the guidelines around early detection and management of chronic kidney disease (CKD). 

The scope of this education has now broadened and encompasses:

  • All primary care health professionals, especially primary care nurses
  • Health professionals working in indigenous communities
  • Community pharmacists who are involved with preventative health activities
  • Education on other chronic diseases that commonly co-exist with kidney disease, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease

Primary care education activities are governed by an expert committee, called the Primary Care Education Advisory Committee for KHA (PEAK). This committee is comprised of prominent kidney specialists, general practitioners, primary health nurses, educators and government representatives.

Our Primary Care Education Program delivers education specifically developed for:

  • GPs
  • Primary Care Nurses
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
  • Pharmacists
  • Other Health Professionals

Primary care education is offered in the following formats:

  • Interactive face-to-face workshops (usually 1 hour or 2 hour sessions)
  • Active Learning Modules – run as full day workshops or split over multiple dates
  • Online learning
  • Conference sessions
  • Interactive web-based sessions 

Face-to-face education

KHA works closely with General Practice member organisations such as Primary Health Networks, GP Training organisations and other groups interested in running education sessions on kidney and related diseases for health professionals in their areas. 

Education modules are provided as a complete educational package including a program, session plan, presentation, case studies, handouts, evaluation forms and reporting.

Primary care education is designed to be interactive with group activities, case studies and discussion underpinning the presentation format.  Education sessions are facilitated by a Nephrologist or Renal Nurse who is carefully selected to fit with the audience and learning objectives for the session.

All primary care education modules are accredited for Continuing Professional Development with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) as well as with the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA).

The workshop process

To book or enquire about a face to face education session, please contact our team at primarycare@kidney.org.au

Online education

KHA currently offers three online learning modules and two online videos for health professionals.  These modules run for one or two hours and are offered through our online learning provider ThinkGP.  Free access is available for all Health Professionals.

Online learning modules

  1. Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) management in General Practice (1 hour)
  2. Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease: a sinister combination (1 hour)
  3. Chronic Kidney Disease Issues for General Practitioners (2 hours)
  4. Video: Chronic Kidney Disease and Cardiovascular Risk Reduction
  5. Video: Resistant Hypertension

Each of these modules can be accessed 24 hours per day and is accredited for RACGP and ACRRM points. 

Visit www.thinkgp.com.au/kha

Education tools and resources

  • CKD-Go! - All the best bits of the CKD Management booklet now in a handy mobile app.

  • eGFR Calculator - The estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate (eGFR) is the best measure of kidney function. An eGFR result is provided following a serum creatinine test. 

  • CKD Management Poster - Open Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Management in General Practice Poster.

  • My Kidneys, My Health - Download the The 'My Kidneys My Health' handbook and app. These aim to help you to understand your kidney disease.

Contact and further information

Primary Care Education Team

  • Breonny Robson, National Primary Care Education Manager, Kidney Health Australia
  • Claire Sheeky, National Primary Care Education Coordinator, Kidney Health Australia

Enquiries

PrimaryCare@Kidney.org.au

Ph: 08 8334 7512

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