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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Review of kidney disease among Indigenous people is now available

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet has updated its comprehensive review of kidney disease among Indigenous people. The review is now available for viewing and for download on the HealthInfoNet web resource.

HealthInfoNet Director Neil Thomson says that kidney disease is a significant issue for Indigenous Australians, particularly in relation to accessing appropriate health care services.

'Kidney disease continues to be a significant, and frequently serious, health threat for many Indigenous people. Of particular importance are the high rates of end-stage kidney disease, which requires kidney replacement therapy, in the form of either dialysis or transplantation. Dialysis facilities are often not available in remote communities so many Indigenous patients have to move to regional centres or major cities to receive treatment. The negative social consequences of such relocations, along with the high cost of the medical care, demonstrate the need for a comprehensive health care approach that addresses both the medical and socioeconomic dimensions of kidney disease among Indigenous people,' Professor Thomson said.

The factors contributing to the high levels of kidney disease among Indigenous people are complex, involving a combination of broad historical, social, cultural, and economic factors, and biomedical risk factors, particularly diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and repeated infections.

This review has been prepared by the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet as a part of our efforts to contribute to 'closing the gap' in health between Indigenous people and other Australians by making relevant, high quality knowledge and information easily accessible to policy makers, health service providers, program managers, clinicians, researchers and the general community.

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Spokesperson
Professor Neil Thomson
Director
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet
Ph: (08) 9370 6062
Mobile: 0417 944 819
Email: n.thomson@ecu.edu.au

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Tara Hoyne
Development & Marketing Manager
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet
Ph: (08) 9370 6109
Email: t.hoyne@ecu.edu.au

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Last updated: 19 June 2013
 
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