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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


Community Point-of-Care Services Unit
Flinders University Rural Clinical School
GPO Box 2100
Adelaide SA 5001
Ph: (08) 8204 5070
Fax: (08) 8204 6063

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, 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 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


Last updated: 13 May 2014
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