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UQ awarded $52m in health and medical research funding

20 October 2014

Australia's first Centre of Research Excellence in Chronic Kidney Disease will be established at The University of Queensland (UQ) with a $2.5 million grant announced last week, awarded through the National Health and Medical Research Council award of almost $52 million to UQ researchers, from $580 million announced for projects, fellowships and centres across Australia.
 

Researchers, communities, government and not-for-profit sector band together to improve Indigenous health outcomes

17 October 2014

Health and medical researchers have teamed up with Indigenous community organisations, policymakers, businesses and others on the frontlines of health care delivery to help improve the health of Indigenous communities, as part of five National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Partnership project grants announced today.
 

First ever survey of GP's attitudes about chronic kidney disease

13 October 2014

Kidney Health Australia is collaborating with the Hunter Research Foundation (HRF) to conduct the first ever study of current clinical practice in relationship to chronic kidney disease (CKD) detection, management and continuing professional education.
 

Special spirit in the red dust

6 October 2014

Date posted: 6 October 2014 Pintubi Elder, Bobby West Joopahroola has reason to smile as he watches from the sidelines of the Western Desert League (WDL) grand final game held last week in Kiwirrkurra, Australia's most remote community - he is now back living on country, after the opening of a dialysis clinic in Kiwirrkurra.
 

Failing Aboriginal Australians with chronic kidney disease

6 October 2014

Based on Australian and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry (ANZDATA) analysis from 1999 to 2009, the number of people receiving renal replacement therapy (dialysis) from Central Australia more than tripled from 62 to 209.
 

National approach needed to improve specialist care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

6 October 2014

Despite a higher burden of illness and chronic disease, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people access fewer Medicare-rebated specialist services than non-Indigenous people, prompting calls from a peak medical group for a national approach to address the inequity.
 

Push for renal unit in Gove

26 September 2014

Please note that this news item may contain images and/or references to deceased people, which could cause distress or sadness particularly for some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
 

Western Desert celebrates 10 years of reuniting families

23 September 2014

This week Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation (WDNWPT) celebrates an important milestone.
 

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: biomedical results, 2012-13 released

11 September 2014

The Australian Bureau of Statistics have released the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: biomedical results, 2012-13, the largest biomedical survey ever conducted for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
 

Chronic kidney disease sufferers need access to palliative care

29 August 2014

Palliative Care Australia (PCA) and Kidney Health Australia (KHA) have called for improved access to palliative care services for patients living with chronic or end stage kidney disease.
 

World Kidney Day

28 August 2014

World Kidney Day 2014 was a great success world wide with more than 540 events being held in 86 countries, a widely-published scientific editorial, the inspiring success of the glass of water idea, and lively presence on social media, it had a powerful impact with its awareness-raising effort.
 

Skin sores research to improve health of children

27 August 2014

A Northern Territory (NT) based research project investigating alternative and more practical treatments for skin sores (impetigo) is set to benefit the millions of children worldwide who suffer from this infection, as well as Australian Indigenous children, who are disproportionately affected by impetigo.
 

Apunipima to highlight Deadly choices message at Mapoon community day

11 August 2014

Apunipima Cape York Health Council is holding a Deadly choices community day this week with the people of Mapoon, Queensland (Qld), encouraging healthy lifestyle choices in the areas of nutrition, smoking and physical activity.
 

Cancer, nutrition and kidney disease the focus of new Indigenous health research funding

28 July 2014

Australia's emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers will be able to expand their work in Indigenous health following a recent funding announcement made to the Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies).
 

CQUniversity researchers to investigate chronic disease conditions in Rockhampton

22 July 2014

Researchers from CQUniversity were recently awarded with a $45,194 grant from Central Queensland Medicare Local to commence a study that explores Indigenous knowledge, experiences and perceptions of chronic disease conditions in the greater Rockhampton region.
 

Regional doctors gather for Indigenous health forum

8 July 2014

Rural Health West says it is vital remote doctors from across regional Western Australian have the opportunity to learn about best practice to 'close the gap'.
 

BRAMS' healthy vision

7 July 2014

In 1978 with nothing but a vision and the help of volunteers dedicated to improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the Kimberley region, of Western Australia, the Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Service (BRAMS) opened its doors.
 

Australia's health 2014 released

25 June 2014

A report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), Australia's health 2014, shows that despite general good health, lifestyle-related chronic diseases are a leading cause of illness, disability and death in Australia.
 

Cultural workshops in Central Australia

4 June 2014

Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation and the Purple House in Alice Springs, Northern Territory, are running cultural workshops in bush balm making.
 

Report highlights lack of kidney testing

3 June 2014

General practitioners are failing to test high-risk patients for kidney disease, says a report on chronic kidney disease that emphasises the life-saving potential of early detection.
 

Free kidney check as part of the National Reconciliation celebrations

23 May 2014

National Reconciliation celebrations will take place this year between May 27 and June 3.
 

New agreement to strengthen Aboriginal health initiatives in Central Australia

12 May 2014

In a move designed to bring greater resources to bear on Aboriginal health in Central Australia, the largest Aboriginal health service in the Northern Territory will join forces with one of Australia's most prominent medical research institutes under a new agreement to be signed today.
 

Australian researchers' groundbreaking tool to watch kidney develop

5 May 2014

Australian researchers are behind new three dimensional (3D) technology which allows them to map the development of kidneys, during pregnancy.
 

Inspiring for project compassion

2 May 2014

Sarah Brown and Marlene Spencer Nampitjinpa are from Caritas Australia’s partner, Western Desert Nganampa Walytia Palyanjaky Tjuataku (WDNWPT) Aboriginal Corporation.
 

Big red kidney bus unveilled

17 April 2014

After three years in the planning, Kidney Health Australia's Big red kidney bus was officially launched on World Kidney Day, 13 March, 2014.
 

Chairs bring fresh hope to sufferers

15 April 2014

Earlier this month, the Federal Government announced a $56.3 million funding package to boost services for people suffering from chronic kidney disease in regional Western Australia.
 

Major boost for health services in regional Western Australia

2 April 2014

People living in regional Western Australia (WA) will get a major boost in health and hospital services including kidney dialysis treatment, pathology and dental care under the Australian Government funding announced today.
 

Indigenous kidney epidemic - 'alarming' new link

31 March 2014

The epidemic of chronic kidney disease among indigenous Australians may be partly due to a preventable skin infection.
 

Closing up the gap

27 March 2014

The Ceduna District Health Services and Country North SA Medicare Local (CNSAML) promoted Indigenous health for Close the gap day on March 20, 2014.
 

Leading kidney researcher asks for greater engagement this World Kidney Day

13 March 2014

To mark World Kidney Day 2014 Thursday,13 March, 2014 Australia's first Indigenous kidney specialist has expressed a need for research institutes to have a greater level of engagement with the people who participate in their research efforts.
 

Rootails for renal clients

4 March 2014

Campfires, kangaroo tails, painting and having a yarn are being used to help people who have to come to Alice Springs, Northern Territory (NT) for renal treatment.
 

Program treating chronic diseases in rural areas

3 March 2014

Healthcare professionals in Western Australia's south west have taken part in a pilot program to teach chronic illness management in regional and rural areas.
 

Dialysis project is given glowing report

24 February 2014

The Western Desert dialysis project looks after Indigenous people in the Northern Territory, with dialysis centres and a mobile truck.
 

Funding boost for Australian researchers

18 February 2014

The Australian Government today announced $133 million in funding to help Australian researchers find new health treatments and cures.
 

New mobile dialysis truck to visit kidney disease patients in outback SA

30 January 2014

The South Australian Government says a new mobile dialysis truck will provide a better level of service to Indigenous kidney disease patients in South Australia's outback.
 

Permanent dialysis pledge for outback lands

24 January 2014

Indigenous chronic kidney disease patients in the remote communities of South Australia’s outback could soon be benefiting from permanent dialysis facilities.
 

Cairns and Mareeba hospitals treating Lotus Glen prisoners

23 January 2014

Cairns and Mareeba hospital staff treated Lotus Glen prisoners 649 times last year despite a medical facility being located at the Mareeba jail.
 

Tackling chronic kidney disease in the Riverina

14 January 2014

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.
 

New chronic disease program for the Indigenous residents of Warwick

6 January 2014

A group of Elders from the town of Warwick in Queensland have travelled to the Carbal Medical Centre in Toowoomba, to learn about new health options available to Indigenous people in the Warwick area suffering from chronic disease.
 

Fight against kidney disease scourge

9 December 2013

For Indigenous people from remote communities in the Northern Territory, the diagnosis of kidney failure often means moving far from home to have life-saving dialysis treatment.
 

Health project work completed

2 December 2013

The children of the Turlku Birni Community Choir travelled hundreds of kilometres to sing in the celebration of the completion of the fieldwork phase of the Western desert kidney health project.
 

$10 million gift for University of WA for new Indigenous health centre

18 November 2013

The University of Western Australia (UWA), has received a generous donation of $10 million from freight magnate Greg Poche for a new centre for Indigenous health.
 

Indigenous dialysis patients return to the Kimberley after the roll-out of renal units

31 October 2013

More than 30 kidney dialysis patients have been able to return home to the Kimberley in Western Australia in recent months, with the roll-out of three new renal units.
 

Menzies delivers evaluation of federal chronic disease package

30 October 2013

Primary healthcare policy and planning experts from the Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) have welcomed the release of the report into the landscape of chronic disease in Indigenous Australians.
 

Australian Aboriginal birth cohort study commenced fourth wave of data collection

17 October 2013

The oldest and largest study of Aboriginal people in Australia has begun its fourth wave of data collection.
 

Screen for disadvantage to cut deaths

14 October 2013

General practitioners should routinely screen patients for poverty to cut deaths from preventable diseases, the Chief Executive of Catholic Health Australia Martin Laverty says.
 

A win for Northern Territory dialysis travellers

8 October 2013

Travel is a big issue for those undergoing dialysis treatment, especially for patients living in remote and rural areas.
 

Boost for port town's dialysis service

8 October 2013

Dialysis patients in the Esperance region of Western Australia have something to look forward to when they undergo treatment in the future.
 

Survey shows that Indigenous people in remote WA communities age at a quicker rate than others

3 October 2013

Research in Western Australia's remote Kimberley region has found that the Indigenous population are ageing at a much quicker rate than other Australians.
 

Help to improve the well-being of Aboriginal communities

1 October 2013

Mootang Tarimi means ‘living longer' and that is the goal for nurse Jo Krupa and Aboriginal Health Education Officer Veronica Lloyd who drive the health screening bus from Portland to Auburn in Western Sydney, New South Wales, to help improve the well-being of Aboriginal communities.
 

Improving Aboriginal health and well-being: a view from the north

26 September 2013

'Aboriginal people living in remote communities have much worse health status and longevity than other Australians and this imbalance will not be remedied until governments work with Aboriginal leaders and communities to address inequalities in education, economic opportunities, and housing.' stated Professor Lesley Barclay who is the Director of the Centre for Rural Health in her conversation with Tricia Nagel, who has a fellowship from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
 

Esteemed kidney specialist conferred national health science award

16 September 2013

One of Australia's leading kidney specialists has been recognised with a prestigious national award for his contributions to kidney health and advancing Indigenous health.
 

$2.4 million awarded for Indigenous health centre

22 August 2013

The University of Adelaide has won $2.48 million to establish a new national Centre of Research Excellence, in partnership with the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and the University of Wollongong.
 

State of preventative health 2013 report released

5 August 2013

The Australian Government has today released the first ever State of preventive health report, a comprehensive overview of the current health challenges facing Australians in relation to chronic disease.
 

Clinic grows better renal care with bush tucker

5 August 2013

A renal dialysis clinic in Alice Springs is growing an innovative way to make the treatment easier on its Indigenous patients.
 

Increased Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) risk found in Aboriginal type 2 diabetics

25 July 2013

Australian Aboriginal type 2 diabetics have a dramatically increased risk of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) compared to caucasian patients who live in the same geographical area according to a new study.
 

Kidney health for Indigenous Australians

24 July 2013

Diabetes rates for Indigenous Australians are three to four times that of the rest of the Australian population.
 

National Diabetes Week 2013 launch

11 July 2013

The Face of Diabetes in Australia campaign will be launched at the Yarra Gallery at Federation Square in Melbourne at 10.30 am on Sunday 14 July.
 

New clinical web resource helping health practitioners to reduce Indigenous chronic disease

26 June 2013

The Minister for Indigenous Health, the Hon Warren Snowden MP, has today launched the Australian Indigenous ClinicallnfoNet - an innovative web resource designed to assist primary health care workers in the prevention and management of chronic disease among Indigenous people.
 

WA HealthInfoNet post-workshop survey - we need your feedback

24 June 2013

If you have participated in a HealthInfoNet workshop in WA we need your feedback - please take a few minutes to complete this survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Western-Australian-health-workers-survey This survey seeks to find out about the use of our website by workshop participants.
 

Saibai Island kids screened for skin disease that can lead to kidney failure

19 June 2013

Children on Saibai Island in the Torres Strait, off far north Queensland, are being screened to try and contain a highly infectious skin disease outbreak.
 

Kidney health news

19 June 2013

Kidney health has generated many news items across Australia over the past week.
 

Review of kidney disease among Indigenous people is now available

19 June 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet has updated its comprehensive review of kidney disease among Indigenous people.
 

Kidney health week stories

5 June 2013

Kidney health week, promoted by Kidney Health Australia for the purpose of increasing awareness about chronic kidney disease, finished on June 2, 2013.
 

Kidney health week and a new reason to test for kidney function

28 May 2013

At the launch of national kidney health week on 27 May 2013, the Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek, and Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Shayne Neumann, an addition to the Practice incentives program (PIP).
 

Kidney disease often goes unchecked

27 May 2013

Despite one in three Australians being at high risk of kidney disease, the chronic illness remains low on the health radar of many people, chief executive of Kidney Health Australia, Anne Wilson says.
 

Traditional healers share their stories

5 April 2013

A new book that profiles the ancient art of the ngankari has just been launched by the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women's Council.
 

Prestigious national health science award for Menzies Director

27 March 2013

Menzies School of Health Research Director, Professor Alan Cass has been named the 2013 TJ Neale Award recipient by the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology (ANZSN).
 

Report reveals areas for improvement in Indigenous health

27 March 2013

A new report by the University Centre for Rural Heath (UCRH) provides a snapshot of health and disease issues in a northern New South Wales (NSW) Aboriginal community.
 

New group to lobby for kidney action

25 March 2013

The Kidney Action Network has been formed to lobby governments to improve the lives and treatment of renal patients from remote Indigenous communities.
 

Mobile health clinic reaches out to underserviced Indigenous communities

25 February 2013

A new Indigenous Health Mobile Training Unit has just been launched by the University of Queensland (UQ).
 

Free HealthInfoNet workshops in Albany, WA - 11-13 March 2013

20 February 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be in Albany, Western Australia delivering free workshops from the 11th - 13th March 2013.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops in the South West of WA - Bunbury and Busselton

24 January 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be in the South West of WA delivering free workshops from the 11th - 15th February 2013.
 

Surveys released to assess the 'Indigenous chronic disease package' (ICDP)

22 November 2012

The Australian Government is monitoring and assessing the effectiveness of the Indigenous chronic disease package (ICDP) in achieving the Closing the gap targets (under the ICDP national monitoring and evaluation project).
 

Long road for dialysis

21 November 2012

Bundjalung Elder Patsy Bundjulahm (butterfly) Nagas is concerned that the Northern Rivers (New South Wales) is under-resourced for dialysis patients and that as the population ages the situation is going to get worse.
 

Indigenous kidney specialist named NT's Young Tall Poppy

29 October 2012

Australia's first Indigenous kidney specialist has been announced as the Northern Territory's Young TallPoppy as part of the recent 2012 NT Research and Innovation Awards.
 

Kidney specialist Professor Alan Cass to head Menzies

11 October 2012

A leading Australian kidney specialist will take the helm at the Northern Territory's Menzies School of  Health Research (Menzies), following a six-month global search for a world-class director and health researcher.
 

Research endorses national standard for assessment of kidney function in Indigenous Australians

24 September 2012

A new Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) study has backed the nation's standard kidney function test for Indigenous Australians, deeming it accurate and valid.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops coming to the Gascoyne/Midwest in November

20 September 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet workshops are coming to the Gascoyne/Midwest region in November.
 

New online resource for Australia's Indigenous Healthy Lifestyle Workers

13 September 2012

An online portal to support Australia's Healthy Lifestyle Workers was launched this week by the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Pilbara (now including Newman)

4 September 2012

The HealthInfoNet will be in the Pilbara next week delivering free workshops from September 10th to the 17th.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Pilbara

27 August 2012

There are still places available to participate in upcoming Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (AIH) workshops in the Pillbara region of Western Australia (WA).
 

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Kimberley

31 July 2012

The HealthInfoNet will be in the Kimberley next week delivering free workshops from August 6th to the 17th.
 

Sick take palliative care over treatment

30 July 2012

A senate inquiry has heard that a shortage of renal dialysis services is pushing sick Aborigines from remote communities to choose palliative care over treatment.
 

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) conducting largest survey of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

19 July 2012

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has commenced the largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey to improve knowledge of the health issues affecting Indigenous Australians.
 

Tailor the health care to close the gap

13 July 2012

The primary health care peak body, Australian Medicare Local Alliance, is encouraging Australia's Indigenous population to sign up for quality chronic disease management in general practice to receive the health care they need.
 

NT Renal Services unit receives Angel Award for Indigenous educational resource

9 July 2012

The Northern Territory (NT) Department of Health's Renal Services unit was recently presented the Angel Award by Kidney Health Australia.
 

Mobile renal dialysis bus to visit APY Lands in late 2012

20 June 2012

A mobile dialysis bus, which usually operates throughout Central Australia delivering dialysis services, will also visit Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in South Australia (SA) in late 2012.
 

New National guide for preventive health assessments for Indigenous people released

31 May 2012

The National guide to a preventive health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (second edition) was released today (31 May 2012) by Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon.
 

Kidney Health Australia's national kidney health promotion campaign is running 27 May-2 June 2012

25 May 2012

Kidney Health Australia is running a week-long national campaign from 27 May-2 June 2012. The Red undies week campaign is a health campaign designed to raise awareness about kidney health.
 

Feedback welcome on draft on renal palliative care services in WA

16 May 2012

The Renal Health Network (RHN) has released a draft publication titled A pathway for renal palliative care services in Western Australia, and is seeking feedback on the document.
 

Aboriginal enrolled nurse among recipients of Kidney Health Australia's Operation angel awards

7 May 2012

Nurse Verna Newchurch has been honoured by Kidney Health Australia for her work in kidney dialysis with Ceduna District Health Services, South Australia (SA).
 

Experts to discuss childhood chronic disease links

2 May 2012

Links between influences in the early years of life and chronic conditions will be explored by experts at a conference in Darwin in September.
 

Disproportionate wait list for kidney transplants in the Northern Territory

19 April 2012

The latest publicly available data on organ donation waiting lists in Australia has revealed some disparity between states and territories.
 

Funding for remote community clinics in NT

10 April 2012

The Northern Territory (NT) Minister for Construction and Infrastructure Gerry McCarthy today announced $5.7 million in funding for remote community clinics as part of the Territory Government's health spending.
 

Musician and health ambassador Jimmy Little passes away

2 April 2012

Dr Jimmy Little, the first Indigenous performer to top Australia's pop music charts, and an ambassador for Indigenous health, has died at the age of 75.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops: helping to 'close the gap' in Indigenous health

20 March 2012

To increase access to its web resource and build the capacity of the frontline health workforce - and to assist the health workforce in 'closing the gap' in Indigenous health - the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will deliver a program of free workshops across Western Australia (WA) over 18 months from April 2012.
 

New diabetes drug will help Indigenous kidney patients

2 March 2012

A new drug for diabetics is expected to improve the treatment of high levels of chronic kidney disease in Indigenous communities.
 

Purple Truck mobile renal dialysis unit launched in Alice Springs

17 January 2012

A new state-of-the-art mobile renal dialysis unit, the Purple Truck, was launched in Alice Springs in December 2011.
 

Funding for Indigenous lung, hepatitis B and kidney research

15 December 2011

The Minister for Health, Tanya Pilbersek, today announced funding of $644,950 for nine scholarships in Indigenous health research at the Northern Territory's Menzies School of Health Research.
 

Healthy Lifestyle Worker toolkit launched

13 December 2011

The Director of the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, Professor Neil Thomson, today attended the Canberra launch of a new Healthy Lifestyle Worker toolkit to help tackle chronic disease in Indigenous communities.
 

WDNWPT wins Team Excellence category in the HESTA Primary Health Care Awards

1 December 2011

The Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation (WDNWPT) took out the Team Excellence category in the HESTA Primary Health Care Awards in November, which were held in partnership with the Australian General Practice Network.
 

Dialysis unit in Katherine likely to go ahead

25 November 2011

A proposed dialysis unit in Katherine is likely to go ahead as planned despite the concerns of residents and the Town Council.
 

Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation shortlisted for human rights award

10 November 2011

The Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku (WDNWPT) Aboriginal Corporation has been announced as a finalist by the Australian Human Rights Commission for the upcoming Human Rights Awards, to be presented on Friday 9 December in Sydney.
 

AIHW report: Chronic kidney disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2011

21 September 2011

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released a report; Chronic kidney disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2011.
 

Jimmy Little memorial service and concert, May 3rd

A state memorial service and a celebration concert in honour of the late James Oswald Little AO (Jimmy Little) will take place on Thursday 3 May at the Sydney Opera House.
 

Giving the gift of life

Artback NT Arts Development and Touring, from the Northern Territory (NT) is excited to present Gift of life, an innovative performance highlighting the importance of organ and tissue donation through a heartfelt and informative story of an Indigenous woman who is struggling with end stage kidney disease.
 
 
Last updated: 20 October 2014
 
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