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Supporting young people with kidney disease

Young people with kidney disease face unique challenges due to their age and the impacts of chronic illness on their life and development. These include disruption to growth, education, social development and life participation, and are exacerbated when adolescent patients transition and transfer from paediatric to adult healthcare.

In July 2018, Kidney Health Australia received federal government funding to develop and pilot a Youth Program to engage and support young people (15-24 years) living with kidney disease.

Following a comprehensive national consultation process and research review, the Kidney Youth Program has released The State of the Nation Report 2019 – Improving Outcomes for Adolescents and Young Adults with Kidney Disease including major observations, findings and recommendations for action.

The Key priority areas were:

  • Community connections; facilitate per connection and mentoring opportunities
  • Best practice care and education; implement care regarding youth support systems and services
  • Recognition and support; increased advocacy, awareness and support

Read more about the State of the Nation Report here.

Learn more about our Kidney Youth Program here.

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