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Children with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) or kidney failure face many physical, emotional and psychological challenges, which can include:

  • interpersonal relationship problems
  • feelings of social isolation
  • behaviour and learning problems
  • delayed language skills development
  • delayed motor skills development
  • a negative self-image

For over twenty years, Kidney Australia has helped address some of the challenges children living with CKD, and their families face through our annual Kidney Kids Camp. 

Tahlia's Story

Meet the incredibly courageous Tahlia, who lives with kidney disease. Tahlia and her siblings attended Kidney Health Australia’s 2015 Kidney Kids Camp, thanks to fundraising through the Kidney Kar Rally.

Tahlia originally received a kidney donation from her grandma, however that kidney has stopped functioning as it should, so she is now on dialysis. Watch the video below to learn more about what it’s like for Tahlia to live with kidney disease, and the value of Kidney Kids Camp.

 

Kidney Kids Camp

Each year, the Kidney Kids Camp brings together children living with CKD and their siblings from across the country The camp is held over four days, with an average of 130 kids. Children and young adults aged from 7 to 17 years embark on a series of fun, self-esteem, and confidence-building and peer-networking activities.  

The camp particularly encourages children and their families to create meaningful connections with others who have similar issues and challenges. Through connection-building activities, children and families have the opportunity for development of peer support networks.

“I just wanted to say a huge thank you for all your efforts…I didn’t know what to expect, and was quite anxious as dropping off Alex, as she has required so much love and care of late… she had a wonderful time, I don’t think she wanted to come home…I am quite taken aback by the changes in Alex that I have seen. You have done such an amazing job…I know Alex has changed and grown into a more confident young lady which is so exciting to see after all that she has been through.” Rachel Byrne, a 'Kidney Kid' mum.

The camps supports the whole family, offering 'Kidney Kids' siblings a better understanding of chronic kidney disease, whilst providing respite for parents.

Kidney Kids Camp is supported by Kidney Australia fundraising programs, and volunteer participation. CKD does not go away with treatment and tends to get worse over time. We are extremely grateful for all the generous support that enables this life-enriching program to touch the lives of so many children living with CKD, and their families.

How to Apply to Kidney Kids Camp

All children living with CKD are welcome to apply. See how to apply below at 2018 National Kidney Kids Camp.

Volunteer at  Kidney Kids Camp

Many wonderful volunteers who assist at Kidney Kids Camp come from universities and hospitals located near the camp; however, anyone can apply to volunteer and support this life-enriching program. If you feel you’d be an ideal volunteer, please email kids@kidney.org.au.

Please note, parents of children attending the program are not eligible to volunteer. This is because an aim of the camp is to provide parents with a period of respite, whilst also encouraging children and young adults the chance to interact freely with their peers.

All volunteers are screened and, in some cases, specially trained prior to commencement. Applicants need to register for a Queensland Working with Children Check. Read more about these checks.

 

2018 Kidney Kids Camp

2018 Kidney Kids Camp will be held across 19–22 April at Sports Super Centre on the Gold Coast in Queensland.

The annual camp provides children and young adults living with chronic kidney disease an opportunity to build connections and confidence, creating valuable relationships and memories. The camp also provides respite for parents, and offers siblings a better understanding of chronic kidney disease.

Paediatric health professionals ensure essential medical care is provided during the camp duration.

Children and young adults aged from 7 to 17 years old and their siblings are invited to apply to attend 2018 Kidney Kids Camp. To apply, parents/carers must complete five forms in conjunction with the child’s doctor.

These forms must be completed and returned together by 8 December 2017. 

The camp is free of charge, however places are limited.

Please direct questions to kids@kidney.org.au.

2017 Kidney Kids Camp

In its 21st year, the 2017 Kidney Kids Camp took place on the 20–23 April in Runaway Bay, Gold Coast, Queensland. 130 Kidney Kids and their siblings, travelled from all over Australia, to enjoy four days of peer support and self-confidence building activities. The event was Harry Potter themed, and capped off by an excursion day to Warner Brothers Movie World on the Gold Coast!

Peritoneal dialysis was carried out by paediatric nursing staff on site, whilst children requiring haemodialysis treatment travelled to Lady Cilento Hospital in Brisbane from the Gold Coast.

 "When we went to pick Harry and Cooper up from camp, they were both in tears. We hadn’t been able to speak to them for 3 days, so we were thinking, “what an earth has gone on?” . But they were crying because they didn’t want to leave! The volunteer carers were crying too, saying how amazing Harry was. You could tell they had really made a connection with him. I’d never seen him like that before.”  Lauren, a 'Kidney Kid' mum

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