Evaluation of chronic kidney disease identification and management in primary care in three jurisdictions across Australia

Consortium partners include Menzies School of Health Research, NT, Western Health, Melbourne and University of Tasmania will evaluate progress in the identification and management of CKD in primary care in the Northern Territory, Tasmania and Victoria: three disparate populations across urban, rural and remote Australia including highest risk non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal communities in disadvantaged areas. The overall aim of the consortium is to provide an overview of CKD patient care in primary health services in 3 jurisdictions comparing clinical decision systems in NT (Territory Kidney Care (TKC), CD-IMPACT in Victoria, and data linkage in Tasmania (CKD.TASLink), therefore better informing the guidelines and program planning for improvement of care for people with CKD.

Consortium partners will build on established partnerships with primary and specialist care networks in each jurisdiction. This will improve support and quality of care for people with CKD. It will establish a collaborative research- and data-driven approach to CKD identification and management in primary care, and share learnings between partners and beyond that enable direct translation of service improvements into clinical care.


The objectives of the CKD consortium are to:

i) Examine temporal trends in identification and management of CKD primary health care as per the guidelines (local or national) in each jurisdiction;

ii) Examine the barriers and enablers for integration of clinical support system or linkage output within primary health care services

iii) Study the cost effectiveness of the implementation of systems of care that incorporate such tools;

iv) Disseminate learnings through primary and specialist care networks

Information for study participants:

This study will use large-scale existing datasets with ethical and data custodian approval, to minimise the burden of research on patients and health systems. Results will be disseminated through specialist and primary health care networks.

Chief investigator:
Contact information:
Project dates:

12 June 2020 - 30 June 2024



  • Australian Government Department of Health


  • Professor Matthew Jose, University of Tasmania 
  • A/Prof Craig Nelson, Director, Western Health Chronic Disease Alliance, Victoria & University of Melbourne