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Supportive Care

Supportive Care

Ensuring that, no matter what treatment pathway or situation someone faces while living with kidney disease, there is a voice advocating for the right support, resources and care available. Dialysis is not always a pathway that is available or suitable for everyone with end stage kidney disease.

At Kidney Health Australia we continue to advocate, including in partnership with key organisations, to ensure that no matter what stage of kidney disease, the right resources, information, education and support is available.

You can read more about this in our Budget and overarching policy platforms, where we have partnered with Palliative Care Australia, and in positions statements below.

Further information about recent announcements on health policy can be found in Media.


Kidney Health Australia and Palliative Care Australia are calling for improved access to palliative care services for patients living with chronic or end stage kidney disease.
August 2014
Kidney failure patients are the second most frequent users of palliative care services in Australian hospitals and statistics show that approximately 1500 dialysis dependent people die in Australia each year.

Read this statement here.

National Consensus Statement: Essential elements for safe and high-quality end-of-life care in acute Hospitals.
March 2014
Response to the consultations questions about the national consensus statement from Kidney Health Australia. Kidney Health Australia is a not for profit organizations whose focus is to improve kidney health outcomes leading to substantial improvement to the quality of life for people with kidney and urinary tract diseases, their families and carers, as well as developing initiatives that reduce the incidence of kidney disease in the Australian community. Kidney Health Australia recognise the importance of safe and high quality hospital care for those at the end-of-life. In 2007, one in ten deaths is related to chronic kidney disease.

Read this statement here.

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