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New to kidney disease

We explain kidney disease from causes to treatments, we take a look at what it means and what you can do next.

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What is kidney disease?

Kidney disease impacts 2 million Australians each year. Whether you’ve just been diagnosed with kidney disease, you’re a family member or friend supporting someone experiencing kidney disease, or you’re simply researching kidney disease risks, we take a look at what kidney disease means below.

About kidney disease

Am I at risk of kidney disease?

If you’re unsure whether you’re at risk of kidney disease, you can take the 2-min online Kidney Risk Test.

I'm at risk, what do I do now?

If you are one of the 3 in 4 Aussies at risk of kidney disease we recommend you go to your GP to do a Kidney Health Check. This includes a blood test, urine test, and blood pressure check.

I've been diagnosed with Chronic kidney Disease. What do I do now?

If you have just been recently diagnosed with kidney disease, you are not alone. It’s valuable to familiarise yourself with:

  • ways to keep your kidneys healthy, including special diets and recipes
  • treatment options to aid discussions with your healthcare professionals
  • services available to you, including a Kidney Buddy program and private Facebook groups for peer-support

You'll find a lot of valuable information through the booklets, factsheets, and webpages available on this website.

You may also wish to reach out to us for support on the Kidney Helpine, freecall 1800 454 363.

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