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The Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) in New South Wales, is working to address the very low rate of people using treatment for chronic kidney disease. A new renal clinical services plan will look at increasing local services and assistance.
Spokeswoman Jill Ludford for MLHD, says high disease rates are pressuring hospitals, but under the new plan a home first policy will be implemented for diabetes patients. She says people who use home-dialysis have much better outcomes, but that message isn't getting through in the Riverina. The new plan will enable people to undertake training locally in order to use home dialysis.
There is hope the new plan will also reduce the high rates of chronic kidney disease in Indigenous communities. The CEO of the Deniliquin Aboriginal Land Council says around 50% of Indigenous locals have diabetes, but there's little engagement with mainstream health services.
MLHD's Jill Ludford says 'The plan clearly spells out that we need to provide more culturally appropriate services for Aboriginal people. We are very keen to work alongside the Aboriginal Medical Services and that's why we've chosen Lake Cargelligo and Deniliquin because we recognise the increasing demand and the high levels of diabetes.'
Riverina residents are being urged to get screened for diabetes before chronic kidney disease takes effect.
Source: ABC News