For health professionals, there are two levels of education about home dialysis: education for renal professionals who are not engaged in home dialysis positions and education for those who are engaged in home dialysis positions.

Renal professionals not engaged in home dialysis positions
The recommended education outcomes include:

  • a basic understanding of peritoneal dialysis (PD), continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) and automated peritoneal dialysis (APD)
  • a basic understanding of haemodialysis and the differences between home haemodialysis (Home HD) and centre-based haemodialysis
  • the advantages and contraindications of both home therapies, including enhanced hours haemodialysis
  • understanding of local services
  • understanding of the importance of patient self-management.

Renal professionals engaged in home dialysis positions
The recommended education outcomes include:

  • an in-depth understanding and practical skills in peritoneal dialysis (PD), ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) and automated peritoneal dialysis (APD)
  • an in-depth understanding and practical skills for home haemodialysis (Home HD), including water treatment
  • the advantages and contraindications of both home dialysis modalities
  • trouble-shooting for home dialysis
  • an in-depth knowledge of the resources to support patients
  • the ability to teach in a format that enhances patient self-management.

Online Nephrology Education portal (ONE)
ONE is a gateway to peer-reviewed renal education on the Internet. The site is managed by the Nephrology Educators Network. ONE offers a wide range of educational packages about all modalities of renal replacement therapies, which have been developed by a number of participating groups. 

Through ONE we provide packages on supportive care, chronic kidney disease and self-management. There’s also a package on home dialysis by Home Dialysis Firsts. 

You can visit the ONE site here.

Links to nephrology courses in Australia

Renal nutrition programs
There are post-graduate courses in nutrition that specialise in certain diseases. The dieticians association has information on available courses.

You can see more about the program here.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet provides comprehensive resources, reports and general information for people working, studying or interested in kidney health among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

You can visit their website here.

New Zealand Nephrology Nursing Knowledge and Skills Framework
This framework sets down standards for specialty nephrology nursing practice in New Zealand. You can download the framework here.

‘Renal Updates’
‘Renal Updates’ is our monthly newsletter featuring the latest in home dialysis and pre-dialysis education research, conferences and practice updates.

You can download the latest issue here.

To organise a subscription, email your contact details to homedialysis@kidney.org.au

 

 

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