The benefits of attending a Kidney Club

Our Kidney Clubs are support groups specifically for people with any stage of kidney disease, who are on dialysis, have had or are waiting for a kidney transplant, or have one or more health conditions that can cause kidney function impairment. 

The major benefit of people with kidney disease and their families joining a Kidney Club is meeting other people who have experience with kidney disease, or any chronic disease. You can learn from others how to cope with and manage your daily needs, how to provide appropriate and effective care, and how to more easily live with your condition. You can also learn about available resources and how others solve problems you may be experiencing.

Kidney Clubs are organised with the support of local hospitals, volunteers and members of the kidney community. For more information about Kidney Clubs and Support Groups in your State, email kidneyhelpline@kidney.org.au or freecall 1800 454 363.  

Australian Kidney Club Directory 

Check our Kidney Club directory below for local events and smaller support groups in each State.


South Australia

Adelaide Kidney Club Meet-Up
The Adelaide Kidney Club meet for discussions at the Adelaide Kidney Health Australia Office. The next meet up will be on Sunday 19 May, 10.30am-12pm. Former Renal Nurse Consultant, Chris Russell will be presenting "Dialysis on Thursday Island". 

Please see our event flyer for details.

The next Kidney Club Meet-Up will be on Sunday 17 November, stay tuned for details. 

South East Renal Support Group – Mt Gambier 
On Sunday 10th February 2019, come along to the first informal get together of the year to meet fellow patients and caregivers. Lunch held from 12:30 pm, with a meeting to follow at 2:00 pm.

Future meetings will be held on:

  • Sunday 7th April 2019
  • Sunday 16th June 2019
  • Sunday 4th August 2019
  • Sunday 6th October 2019
  • Sunday 8th December 2019

See the event poster with contact details and further information.

Belair Coffee and Chat Group
Meets on 3rd Tuesday of each month from 10.30am to 12.30pm at Sheoak Cafe, 38 Sheoak Road, Belair. See poster here. Please note: Belair Rail Station is across from Sheoak Café – if interested see train route access, timing schedule and other information at  https://www.adelaidemetro.com.au/timetables/view/BEL/1/1/0# Enquiries to Joy on 08 8392 2809 or email dandjrob@yahoo.com.au

Riverland Kidney Club Meet-Up
These events are held at The Berri Big River Tavern. Enjoy lunch and then listen to a guest speaker. Everyone is welcome, send enquiries to Jason Size on 0417 811 977 or Jacque Zagotsis 0438 839 691. 

Murray Bridge Renal Support Group
Meet regularly please contact Maureen 0422 903 457 or Arthur 0408 335 668 for further information.

News of other SA regional and suburban Coffee and Chat support groups coming soon.


 

New South Wales

Armidale Kidney Club
Meetings held on the 3rd Monday of every month from 2 pm to 5 pm at 115 Butler Avenue, Armidale. Parking out the back. “One of a kind community hub”. Afternoon tea provided. Meetings open to all patients affected by kidney disease and their families. No RSVP required, just drop in. Enquiries: phone Nicki on 0427 903 227.

Upcoming events:

  • Sunday 16 June
  • Sunday 21 July
  • Sunday 18 Aug
  • Sunday 15 Sept
  • Sunday 20 Oct
  • Sunday 17 Nov

Aboriginal Dialysis Support Group

Location: BUDYARI (MILLER) COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTRE, 18 Woodward Crescent, Miller NSW 2168
Opening hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5 pm. The meeting is held every 3 months.
Contact Susan Mwangi on 02 8781 8020 or email susan.mwangi@health.nsw.gov.au to RSVP or for further information.

Euroballa Renal Support and Organ Donor Awareness 
Meet monthly at Bridge Plaza in Batemans Bay. Enquiries: phone Brad Rossiter 0458 534 470 or ersg.oda2536@hotmail.com

Fairfield Hospital Coffee and Chat Support Group

Kidney coffee and chat social group provides the opportunity to meet and make friends in a relaxed and informal setting.
Anyone who is affected by kidney disease, including carers, family and friends are most welcome.

Meeting is held on the last Thursday every 2 months at 2-3pm at 1D Renal Dialysis Unit on 1st floor ground level at Fairfield Hospital.

Upcoming 2019 meeting dates:

  • Thursday 27th of June, 2-3pm
  • Thursday 29th of August, 2-3pm
  • Thursday 31st of October, 2-3pm

Enquiries please contact Marita Vecchio on 9616 8701 or email Marita.Vecchio@health.nsw.gov.au

Hunter and Northern Kidney Association
Meet 2nd Tuesday, each month except January at 7 pm in the conference room, Wansey Dialysis Centre, 1a Dudley Road, Charlestown. Enquiries: phone Michael Jameson 0430 587 977 or hanka.enquiries@gmail.com

Upcoming events:

  • Wednesday 8 May
  • Wednesday 6 June
  • Wednesday 10 July
  • Wednesday 7 August
  • Wednesday 4 Sept
  • Wednesday 9 Oct
  • Wednesday 6 Nov
  • Wednesday 4 Dec

Hastings Macleay Renal Support Group

Are you a Renal patient, carer or member of the public who has an interest in supporting Renal patients? Come along to our inaugural planning meeting and let us know what you would like from a support group.

  • Meeting others and sharing stories
  • Raising awareness about kidney disease
  • Supporting Renal patients to live well

Upcoming meetings:

  • 6 June 2019, 4 pm at Kempsey Dialysis Unit. 
  • 17 June 2019 9.30 am at UNSW SHREC Building, 20 Highfields Circuit Port Macquarie

Come along and share your thoughts and ideas about what you want from a support group. RSVP for catering purposes to 5524 2220.

Central Coast Support Group, Kidney Health

Meetings held on the 1st Monday of every month from 2 pm to 3 pm at Central Coast Leagues Club Gosford, 1 Dane Drive. 2nd Monday if a long weekend. Enquiries: phone Jim 02 43884474.

Upcoming events:

  • Monday 3 June
  • Monday 8 July
  • Monday 5 Aug
  • Monday 2 Sept
  • Monday 14 Oct
  • Monday 4 Nov
  • Monday 2 Dec

Liverpool Hospital Coffee and Chat Support Group

The meeting is held on the first Thursday every 2 months at 10am-11am at Jamaica Blue café, entrance L, Liverpool Hospital.

Upcoming 2019 meeting dates:

  • Thursday 2nd of May, 10am-11am
  • Thursday 4th of July, 10am-11am
  • Thursday 5th of September, 10am-11am
  • Thursday 7th of November, 10am-11am

Enquiries please contact Melissa Byrnes on 8738 8947 or email Melissa.Byrnes@health.nsw.gov.au


Canberra

Canberra Region Kidney Support Group

Renal Morning Teas are held monthly from 10:30 am to 12 noon at Hellenic Club Coffee Shop, Matilda St, Woden ACT (Club membership preferred but not compulsory).

The Renal Morning Tea provides the opportunity to meet and make friends in a relaxed and informal setting. All renal patients, carers, family and friends are most welcome. Any enquiries please contact: Louise Blue (0438 116 818) or John Kelly (0450 962 155).

Upcoming meetings will be:

  • Wednesday 12th June
  • Thursday 11th July
  • Wednesday 14th August
  • Thursday 12th September
  • Wednesday 16th October
  • Thursday 14th November
  • Wednesday 11th December

Meetings for the Group are held on Saturdays at 2:00 pm at Southern Grounds Coffee Shop, adjacent to Good Guys, Tuggeranong ACT

For more information, visit: http://www.crksg.org.au/index.php 


 

Queensland

Gold Coast iSpeak Kidney Group
Local contact:  Lorraine Bublitz (Bubbles) on 0434 769 694 and Rachael Brown on 0411 658 347.

Fraser Coast Kidney Club
Enquiries: Freecall 1800 454 363 or email kidneyhelpline@kidney.org.au
Local contact:  Del Dash on 07 4121 2934.

Gympie Support Group
Enquiries: Freecall 1800 454 363 or email kidneyhelpline@kidney.org.au
Local contact: John on 0447 109 436.

Maroochydore Men's Kidney Support Group
Enquiries: Freecall 1800 454 363 or email kidneyhelpline@kidney.org.au
Local contact: Peter on 0438 760 964.

Brisbane Kidney Support Group  Facebook Page:  facebook.com/kidneysupportgroupbrisbane 
Enquiries: Kylie Randall on 0409 271 410 or email kidneyhelpline@kidney.org.au


 

Tasmania

Hobart Kidney Club
Enquiries: Freecall 1800 454 363 or email kidneyhelpline@kidney.org.au

Tamar Renal Support Group 
Meet regularly 4th Saturday in month 10.15am at Belle's Tea Room, Macquarie Street, George Town (50km nth of Launceston). Enquiries: Kelvin on 0428 617 697 or email kidneyhelpline@kidney.org.au


 

Victoria

We are currently in the process of expanding our support groups in Victoria. If you are interested in joining a Kidney Club or running a Kidney Club in your local area, we would love to hear from you. Please contact our Victorian Community Services Manager, Shannyn Floyd at Shannyn.Floyd@kidney.org.au

Melbourne Kidney Club - Renal Nutrition Event

The first Melbourne Kidney Club event will be held at the Kidney Health Australia Office on Sunday 19 May, 3pm-4.30pm. A special guest speaker from Austin Health will be coming to present and answer your kidney diet questions. 

Please see our event flyer for details.

Dialysis and Transplant Association (D.A.T.A.)
Patient self-help group of people with kidney failure, their families, carers and friends. D.A.T.A. Victoria members on dialysis can access low-cost holiday homes (two with dialysis options) for a family holiday at Rosebud, Yarrawonga, Blackburn. Find out more at www.datavic.org 


 

Western Australia

DART group Central Perth
Meets at 'CRANKED' coffee shop, at the bottom of the railway ramp at Leederville Station and is on the corner of Leederville St and Oxford Rd. Please contact the organisers to confirm the next meeting
Contact Shaun or Gail on the following emails for more information: regail@aapt.net.au or  michelleandshaun@bigpond.com.au

Albany Kidney Support Group
A small group of transplant recipients, dialysers, family and friends sharing information, experience and socialising. Enquiries: Shirley Harding on 08 9844 8404 or email her at shirleyh@westnet.com.au

Renal Support Group (Bunbury) South West WA
Meet face to face regularly. This group also engages via a private Facebook group. 
Enquiries: Lulu Paxton on 0417 182 811 or email  lulupaxt@bigpond.net.au

Dialysis Support Group (Bunbury) South West WA
We are based in the South West of Western Australia. Dialysis Support Group is an autonomous group with no hospital or medical facility affiliation. The group enables those needing dialysis in the future and those currently on dialysis to support each other meeting for fun activities and meals. The group meets 1 – 2 monthly in and around Bunbury region. A newsletter is sent to those who are interested in letting them know what we have planned. We request a donation of $10 per year to cover the costs of newsletters distributed.

Should you and your partner wish to join us please call:
Michael 0409 379 084, or Lulu 0417 182 811 to find out more and let us know if you'd like us to send you our newsletter. We look forward to meeting you soon.

aHUS Patient Support Group Australia

A rare genetic disease that affects a part of the immune system, causing blood clots to form in small blood vessels throughout the body. People with aHUS have a constant risk of sudden, life-threatening complications from damage to vital organs such as the kidneys, heart and brain. aHUS can affect infants, children or adults - many develop kidney damage and need dialysis or a kidney transplant. Apply to join here. Find out more about this rare condition at ahusaustralia.org.au 

Posterior Urethral Valve Group
Parents of children with PUV in Australia can discuss issues, concerns or share with others in a similar situation. Moderator is the parent of a baby diagnosed with PUV at 10 days old - PUV is rare. Learn more by contacting careteam@kidney.org.au

Tasmanian Kidney Community
Contact for this private Facebook group is Amanda Crawford - a dialyser from Launceston. Please introduce yourself when applying for membership. Apply to join here.


 

If you suspect inappropriate activity including scams or discussions that may involve illegal kidney transactions on any online, please alert the group admin as soon as possible, and email careteam@kidney.org.au or phone 1800 454 363.

Together we can help to maintain a safe online environment for the benefit of everyone living with kidney disease.


 

Have you heard about 'Your Kidney Forum'?
'Your Kidney Forum' is for people who are living with a kidney-related illness, or people supporting someone living with kidney-related illness, as well as health professionals and educators. Everyone is invited to join the discussion. Visit 'Your Kidney Forum' here.

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