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Umoona kidney project



The Umoona kidney project of the Community Point-of-Care Services Unit of Adelaide was a program for the early detection, prevention and management of renal disease in the Umoona community at Coober Pedy, South Australia. The project, which began in late 1997, was handed over to the community as a self-sustaining program, being fully integrated into the Umoona health service infrastructure in December 2000.

Abstract adapted from Flinders University Rural Clinical School


Flinders Rural Health South Australia
Level 7, Flinders Medical Centre
Bedford Park SA 5042
Ph: (08) 8204 4632

General enquiries:
Ph: (08) 85 86 1000
Fax: (08) 8586 3668

Lessons learned

The management arm of the Umoona kidney project was effective in stabilising the renal function and improving the blood pressure of community members identified to be at greatest risk of kidney disease. POCT urine ACR testing can be utilised, not only for community risk assessment, but also for patient management. The Umoona kidney project was well accepted by the health service and community members.

Related publications

Shephard MDS, Allen GG, Paizis K, Barbara JAJ, Batterham M, Vanajek A (2006)

Results of an Aboriginal community-based renal disease management program incorporating point of care testing for urine albumin:creatine ratio.

Rural and Remote Health; 6(3): 591

Retrieved from

Shephard MDS (2004)

Point-of-care testing in the Indigenous rural environment: the Australian experience.

In: Price C, Hicks J, ASt John, eds. Point-of-care testing. Washington DC: American Association of Clinical Chemistry Press: 293-301

Shephard MDS, Allen GG, Barratt LJ, Barbara JAJ, Paizis K, McLeod G, Brown M, Vanajek A (2003)

Albuminuria in a remote South Australian Aboriginal community: results of a community-based screening program for renal disease.

Rural and Remote Health; 3(1): 156

Retrieved from

Shephard M (2003)

Point-of-care testing in the Aboriginal community.

Australian Journal of Medical Science; 24(1): 10-16


Last updated: 31 May 2017
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