To learn from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people about their experiences with health care for chronic and end stage kidney disease.
Darwin recently hosted the 53rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australia and New Zealand Society of Nephrology. The local organizing committee, including Dr Lawton, Dr Majoni and Dr Hughes promoted the opportunity for Australian and New Zealand nephrologists to learn from patients. This Inaugural Patients Voices Meeting promoted key issues for patients in Northern Australia. Eighty two delegates participated in the meeting, including 60% working in the nephrology health care industry.
Implications for policy and practice:
- Timely diagnosis of kidney disease and access to kidney supportive treatments
- A greater emphasis on enabling patients to live in their own homes with their own families whilst undertaking dialysis treatments.
- Information systems about kidney disease and how to access health care,
- Education, workforce and cultural safety reforms.
Our research has found:
- Kidney Health Australia
- Astellas Pharma
- Novartis Australia
Aboriginal dialysis patients say too many people are dying a lonely death away from their families, because they cannot be treated at home. In remote parts of Australia, patients whose kidneys are failing often have to leave their home communities to seek dialysis treatments in larger cities and towns.
Indigenous people with end-stage kidney disease from across northern and central Australia will be sharing their stories at an upcoming kidney conference in the hope of effecting change.
A kidney health forum held in Darwin last week tabled the concerns of remote dialysis patients from Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
Kidney specialist, Dr Jaqui Hughes talks to National TalkBlack
- Hughes, J.T., Dembski, L., Kerrigan V., Majoni, S.W., Lawton, P.D., Cass, A.. (2017). Indigenous Patient Voices: Gathering Perspectives Finding Solutions for chronic and end stage kidney disease, 2017 Symposium Report. [online] Darwin: Menzies School of Health Research.
1. “Country heals you." Renal patients want treatment at home.
2. Renal patients want more education.
3. Renal patients ask for respect.
4. “We want to have treatment on our own country.” - David Croker