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What we do

We are a not-for-profit organisation recognised as the voice for kidney disease in Australia. We create awareness, encourage early detection and connect those with kidney disease to information and support.

At the core of how we operate are our mission, vision and values.

Our mission – Decrease the incidence of Kidney disease and save and improve the lives of Australians affected by Kidney Disease.

Our vision – Healthy kidneys for all Australians.

Our values – Collaboration, ambition, empathy, inspiration. 

Learn more about Kidney Health Australia in our 2018 Annual Review.

You can read more about what we do in our brochure ‘About the work of Kidney Health Australia’.

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Connection is the key

Originally known as the Australian Kidney Foundation, we were incorporated on 9 August 1968 and have now been serving the kidney community of Australia for more than four decades.

Since being established, we have developed many initiatives to support people affected by kidney disease and to help reduce the incidence of the disease, but our biggest challenge is to reach the nearly two million Australians who do not know they have early kidney damage.

We know we can only do that by finding new ways to build our funding and resources so we can connect even more with our kidney community, and beyond.

Our determination to broaden access to our growing range of programs in education, advocacy, research and support is shaping our future direction.

Our work in the kidney community

What we do

We provide a range of programs that cater to the needs of:

  • people with kidney disease, their families and carers
  • health professionals
  • federal, state and territory governments and health departments
  • organisations providing goods and services for the care of the kidneys
  • others who are affected by kidney disease or have a particular interest in kidney health
  • our supporters and volunteers
  • the general public

Beyond research

Over the years we have broadened our focus beyond the funding of cutting-edge medical research to also incorporate the delivery of needs and evidence-based programs, support services and advocacy.

Our education and support  teams work in conjunction with other kidney specialists, health professionals and educators to develop awareness and education programs and kidney community initiatives, which you can read more about here.

We also provide a range of care and support networks for patients, their families and carers. See more here.

Another important area of our work is the promotion of organ donation, which you can read about here.

Through our expertise and commitment, we aim to reduce the rising incidence of kidney disease and ease the burden of its immense human and financial cost.

So you can understand the dimensions of this problem, our National Consumer Council has prepared a special report, ‘The Impact of Kidney Disease’, which you can read or download here.

If you have any enquiries about our work, please phone our CARE team on freecall 1800 454 363 or email careteam@kidney.org.au

We are committed to safe and ethical healthcare

If you are not satisfied with our service, please contact us. We take complaints seriously and we aim to resolve them quickly and fairly.

If you remain dissatisfied with our response, you may contact the complaints commission in your state. They will respond to complaints about health services and the handling of health information. Their service is free, confidential, and impartial. To lodge a complaint visit:

Policy & advocacy

As the national peak body for people living with kidney disease, and their families and carers, we promote good kidney health through the delivery of programs in education, advocacy, research and support.

Consumer committees and representatives in each state and territory advise us on issues in their jurisdictions, and our National Consumer Council constitutes a national voice on kidney concerns.

Through our strong relationship with medical health professionals and our membership on national collaborative advisory committees, we advocate on their behalf on a range of topics from clinical issues to carer support services.

We work to ensure politicians and policy makers at all levels of government consider concerns in chronic disease, health prevention and promotion, medical research, organ donation and related policy agendas.

This endeavour is supported through detailed policy submissions, public hearings and budget submissions on a range of issues facing people living with kidney disease, their families and their carers.

We also work with the media to shine a spotlight on issues facing people in our kidney community and promote change that will help to save and improve their lives.

Details of the many public submissions and advocacy documents we have prepared are available here.

Our recent announcements on health policy can be downloaded here.

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