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
$6 million in research funding for three Indigenous health grants in the Northern Territory. This includes $2.5 million for an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence at the Menzies School of Health Research to prevent and manage bronchiectasis, a lung disease which results in recurrent chest infections and is particularly common in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Nephrologist at the Menzies School of Health Research, Paul Lawton, said his research team had been investigating key causes that dramatically impact upon remote Aboriginal communities.
Senator Malarndirri McCarthy discusses her kidney diseaese and treatment by Dr Paul Lawton
A new approach to treatment is helping Indigenous Australians fight kidney disease
One of the members of the panel will be Dr Jaqui Hughes, Australia’s only Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nephrologist, based at the Royal Darwin Hospital and at the Menzies School of Health Research, who said the news of the inquiry was “really welcome”.
The Federal Government is poised to announce an inquiry into indigenous access to kidney transplants.
We are pleased to provide an update of activities since the Indigenous Patient Voices Symposium, hosted on 6 September 2017.
KOORI MAIL | Remote Aboriginal Australians with kidney disease have demanded equitable access to life-saving treatment closer to home to prevent the removal of people from their traditional homelands.
Kidney specialist, Dr Jaqui Hughes talks to National TalkBlack
A kidney health forum held in Darwin last week tabled the concerns of remote dialysis patients from Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
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.
- 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