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This resource looks at kidney disease and the impact is has on the sufferers and their families, both culturally and emotionally. It consists of three clips. Clip one uses a series of interviews intercut with photographs that tell the story of Mariah, a young baby, and the effect of kidney disease on her and her family. During the clip a doctor provides information about kidney disease. The second clip is Mariah as a young girl living an active life after a kidney transplant. Mariah's parents talk about what is required to support Mariah in living with her condition. The doctor tells us that after a transplant, patients need to take medicine everyday so that their body does not reject the new kidney. The final clip shows a renal ward in Darwin. Dr Paul Snelling, the director of Northern Territory Renal Health, tells us about the impact of renal disease on Indigenous peoples and their communities. Glenda Kerinaiau shares her experience with living with dialysis.
The video is well presented with clear messages about kidney disease and the lifelong health and emotional impact he has on Indigenous people and their families.
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract
This a valuable resource for health professionals or educators working with Indigenous people in remote, rural or urban communities or schools. It is relevant for all age groups as a means of highlighting the impact chronic kidney disease has on sufferers and their families.
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