One Australian is dying every 25 minutes with kidney related disease which has become known as the Silent Killer. People can lose up to 90% of their kidney function before experiencing any symptoms.
Kidney Health Australia has therefore launched OPERATION 2590.
It is estimated that over 20,000 Australians will die in the next 12 months with kidney related disease.
Anne Wilson, CEO and Managing Director of Kidney Health Australia, said the Australian community and the Australian health system is facing major challenges given that around 90% of the 1.7 million Australians who have indicators of chronic kidney disease are largely unaware they have a potentially life threatening disease.
Anne Wilson said, “if chronic kidney disease can be detected early and managed appropriately, then the otherwise inevitable deterioration in kidney function can be reduced by as much as 50% and may even be reversible.”
OPERATION 2590 is aimed at raising awareness of the importance for those in high risk groups to ask their doctor for a regular kidney health check.
OPERATION 2590 will also be a critical vehicle to promote key information to those most at risk of chronic kidney disease and to report on lifestyle choices to lower the risk of chronic kidney disease.
Early detection and prevention can not only reduce the amount of chronic kidney disease and therefore improve quality of life, it will also provide considerable opportunities for Federal and State Governments to cut the growing cost of treatment for end stage kidney disease.