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Indigenous kidney health


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Kidney Health for All: A report on policy options for improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Kidney Health.
September 2015
This report is informed by Kidney Health Australia’s World Kidney Day Leadership Breakfast and Policy Roundtable, and provides an overview of the issues experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with kidney disease. A range of policy-focused recommendations are provided for consideration by the Federal Government, State and Territory Governments, key health organisations working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and the kidney community.

You can read the full report here.

Submission on Indigenous kidney health issues for the Senate Select Committee on Health.
January 2015
The Senate Select Committee on Health was established in 2014 to inquire into health policy, administration and expenditure. Recently, they called for a submissions on with particular reference to Indigenous health. KHA provided a submission on kidney health issues and developed a specific submission on Indigenous kidney issues outlining:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience disproportionate levels of CKD regardless of urban, region or rural locality.
  • There is scope for the Federal Government to provide solid leadership in Indigenous affairs and health, with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) at the centre of coordinated national policy and program implementation.
  • A competent, qualified, culturally respectful, multidisciplinary health workforce is critical to improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
  • A wide range of support services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kidney consumers and families need to be accessible and better integrated to limit the severity of dislocation for treatment.
  • Ultimately, adequately resourced preventive programs within the primary health sector reduces the progression of chronic diseases, including kidney disease and will lead to longer term savings in the later stage acute and high cost interventions.

You can read this submission in full here.

Submission on the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health plan.
December 2012
This submission outlines Kidney Health Australia’s initial round of comments and suggested areas of focus for the development of a new ‘National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan’  (NATSIHP). This submission further supports Kidney Health Australia’s involvement in the national consultation workshop process held in 2012.

Your can read this submission here.

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