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The Northern Territory (NT) Department of Health's Renal Services unit was recently presented the Angel Award by Kidney Health Australia.
This award recognises the unit's work in producing an educational resource - Kidney stories - for Indigenous Australians. Kidney stories is a resource package that aims to educate Indigenous people about renal health. The package contains resources in both booklet and audiovisual form, including a DVD.
According to Senior Renal Nurse Advisor, Suzy Poppe, the resource bridges the gap between medical terminology and an understanding of kidney health. Ms Poppe said kidney disease is a serious health problem for many Indigenous people, and presently the Indigenous population is the highest consumer for renal replacement therapy in the NT.
'Kidney stories goes a long way to answering the many questions they might have. It also covers food and lifestyle habits that can be adopted to help keep kidneys healthy,' Ms Poppe said.
'The series has been distributed widely in the Northern Territory and is being enthusiastically sought after by interstate renal clinicians working with Indigenous clients.'
Source: Northern Territory Department of Health
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