Our Kidney Clubs are support groups specifically for people with any stage of kidney disease, who are on dialysis, have had or are waiting for a kidney transplant, or have one or more health conditions that can cause kidney function impairment. 

Kidney Clubs are organised with the support of local hospitals, volunteers and members of the kidney community. For more information about Kidney Clubs and Support Groups in your State, email kidney.helpline@kidney.org.au or freecall 1800 454 363.  

The benefits of attending a Kidney Club

The major benefit of people with kidney disease and their families joining a Kidney Club is meeting other people who have experience with kidney disease, or any chronic disease. You can learn from others how to cope with and manage your daily needs, how to provide appropriate and effective care, and how to more easily live with your condition. You can also learn about available resources and how others solve problems you may be experiencing.

Start up a Kidney Club in your area

Interested in starting your own Kidney Club? Let us help you!

Read our helpful Kidney Connect guide packed full of tips and advice to get you started. Plus, we can assist you with getting started in your area and supporting you along the way. Get in touch with us at kidney.helpline@kidney.org.au or 1800 454 363 to start your own Kidney Club.

Connecting online

The COVID-19 crisis has accelerated the need to find innovative ways to connect with each other virtually. Zoom is an excellent tool for this, we've created two helpful videos to show you how to meet up with your Kidney Club online. 

Watch below:

- Learn how to join a Zoom meeting

- Learn how to host a Zoom meeting

Australian Kidney Club Directory 

Check our Kidney Club directory below for local events and smaller support groups in each State.

If you suspect inappropriate activity including scams or discussions that may involve illegal kidney transactions on any online, please alert the group admin as soon as possible, and email careteam@kidney.org.au or phone 1800 454 363.

Together we can help to maintain a safe online environment for the benefit of everyone living with kidney disease.

Australia Wide

Your Kidney Forum

'Your Kidney Forum' is for people who are living with a kidney-related illness, or people supporting someone living with kidney-related illness, as well as health professionals and educators. Everyone is invited to join the discussion. Visit 'Your Kidney Forum' here.

aHUS Patient Support Group Australia

A rare genetic disease that affects a part of the immune system, causing blood clots to form in small blood vessels throughout the body. People with aHUS have a constant risk of sudden, life-threatening complications from damage to vital organs such as the kidneys, heart and brain. aHUS can affect infants, children or adults - many develop kidney damage and need dialysis or a kidney transplant. Apply to join here. Find out more about this rare condition at ahusaustralia.org.au 

Posterior Urethral Valve Group
Parents of children with PUV in Australia can discuss issues, concerns or share with others in a similar situation. Moderator is the parent of a baby diagnosed with PUV at 10 days old - PUV is rare. Learn more by contacting careteam@kidney.org.au.

Facebook Groups

We have a number of Facebook groups for our kidney community to connect within. All group members are individually vetted to ensure the safety of group members. 

Find a group for you on Facebook.



We are currently in the process of expanding our support groups in Victoria. If you are interested in joining a Kidney Club or running a Kidney Club in your local area, we would love to hear from you. Please contact our Victorian Community Services Manager, Shannyn Floyd at Shannyn.Floyd@kidney.org.au

Dialysis and Transplant Association (D.A.T.A.)
Patient self-help group of people with kidney failure, their families, carers and friends. D.A.T.A. Victoria members on dialysis can access low-cost holiday homes (two with dialysis options) for a family holiday at Rosebud, Yarrawonga, Blackburn. Find out more at www.datavic.org 

Shepparton Kidney Club

This is a social get together, held on the first Monday of every month. Members meet at the G.V Hotel in Shepparton at 12 pm.

Upcoming meetings will be:

  • Monday 4th November
  • Monday 2nd November

Local contact: Merv and Judy James on 0429 691 281

New South Wales

Armidale Kidney Club
Meetings held on the 3rd Monday of every month from 2 pm to 5 pm at 115 Butler Avenue, Armidale. Parking out the back. “One of a kind community hub”. Afternoon tea provided. Meetings open to all patients affected by kidney disease and their families. No RSVP required, just drop in. Enquiries: phone Nicki on 0427 903 227.

Upcoming events:

  • Sunday 20 Oct
  • Sunday 17 Nov (Christmas Party)

Aboriginal Dialysis Support Group

Location: BUDYARI (MILLER) COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTRE, 18 Woodward Crescent, Miller NSW 2168
Opening hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5 pm. The meeting is held every 3 months. 
Contact Susan Mwangi on 02 8781 8020 or email susan.mwangi@health.nsw.gov.au to RSVP or for further information.

Euroballa Renal Support and Organ Donor Awareness 
Meet monthly at Bridge Plaza in Batemans Bay. Enquiries: phone Brad Rossiter 0458 534 470 or ersg.oda2536@hotmail.com

Fairfield Hospital Coffee and Chat Support Group

Kidney coffee and chat social group provides the opportunity to meet and make friends in a relaxed and informal setting.
Anyone who is affected by kidney disease, including carers, family and friends are most welcome.

Meeting is held on the last Thursday every 2 months at 2-3pm at 1D Renal Dialysis Unit on 1st floor ground level at Fairfield Hospital.

Upcoming 2019 meeting dates:

  • Thursday 31st of October, 2-3pm

Enquiries please contact Marita Vecchio on 9616 8701 or email Marita.Vecchio@health.nsw.gov.au

Hunter and Northern Kidney Association
Meet 2nd Tuesday, each month except January at 7 pm in the conference room, Wansey Dialysis Centre, 1a Dudley Road, Charlestown. Enquiries: phone Michael Jameson 0430 587 977. or hanka.enquiries@gmail.com

Upcoming events:

  • Wednesday 6 Nov
  • Wednesday 4 Dec

Hastings Macleay Renal Support Group

Are you a Renal patient, carer or member of the public who has an interest in supporting Renal patients? Come along to our inaugural planning meeting and let us know what you would like from a support group.

  • Meeting others and sharing stories
  • Raising awareness about kidney disease
  • Supporting Renal patients to live well

Come along and share your thoughts and ideas about what you want from a support group. RSVP for catering purposes to 5524 2220.

Central Coast Support Group, Kidney Health

Meetings held on the 1st Monday of every month from 2 pm to 3 pm at Central Coast Leagues Club Gosford, 1 Dane Drive. 2nd Monday if a long weekend. Enquiries: phone Jim 02 43884474.

Upcoming events:

  • Monday 4 Nov
  • Monday 2 Dec

Liverpool Hospital Coffee and Chat Support Group

The meeting is held on the first Thursday every 2 months at 10am-11am at Jamaica Blue café, entrance L, Liverpool Hospital.

Upcoming 2019 meeting dates:

  • Thursday 7th of November, 10am-11am

Enquiries please contact Melissa Byrnes on 8738 8947 or email Melissa.Byrnes@health.nsw.gov.au


Canberra Region Kidney Support Group

Renal Morning Teas are held monthly from 10:30 am to 12 noon at Hellenic Club Coffee Shop, Matilda St, Woden ACT (Club membership preferred but not compulsory).

The Renal Morning Tea provides the opportunity to meet and make friends in a relaxed and informal setting. All renal patients, carers, family and friends are most welcome. Any enquiries please contact: John Kelly (0450 962 155).

Upcoming meetings will be:

  • Wednesday 16th October
  • Thursday 14th November
  • Wednesday 11th December

Meetings for the Group are held on Saturdays at 2:00 pm at Southern Grounds Coffee Shop, adjacent to Good Guys, Tuggeranong ACT

For more information, visit: http://www.crksg.org.au/index.php 


Gold Coast iSpeak Kidney Group
Local contact:  Lorraine Bublitz (Bubbles) on 0434 769 694 and Rachael Brown on 0411 658 347.

Fraser Coast Kidney Club
Enquiries: Freecall 1800 454 363 or email kidneyhelpline@kidney.org.au
Local contact:  Del Dash on 07 4121 2934.

Gympie Support Group
Enquiries: Freecall 1800 454 363 or email kidneyhelpline@kidney.org.au
Local contact: John on 0447 109 436.

Maroochydore Men's Kidney Support Group
Enquiries: Freecall 1800 454 363 or email kidneyhelpline@kidney.org.au 
Local contact: Peter on 0438 760 964.

South Australia

Adelaide Kidney Club Meet-Up 
The Adelaide Kidney Club meet for discussions at the Adelaide Kidney Health Australia Office. 

The next Kidney Club meeting is on Sunday 1 March and will focus on "Improving Outcomes for Adolescents and Young Adults with Kidney Disease"  which will be presented by Youth Program Co-ordinator, Steve Cornish and Youth Champion, Luke Macauley. Find out more here

To RSVP, contact 1800 454 363 or careteam@kidney.org.au

South East Renal Support Group – Mt Gambier 
Join the South East Renal Support Group every second month for an informal get together to meet fellow patients and caregivers. 

See the event poster with contact details and further information.

Belair Coffee and Chat Group
Meets on 1st Tuesday of each month from 10.30am to 12.30pm at Sheoak Cafe, 38 Sheoak Road, Belair. See poster here. Please note: Belair Rail Station is across from Sheoak Café – if interested see train route access, timing schedule and other information at  https://www.adelaidemetro.com.au/timetables/view/BEL/1/1/0#

Enquiries to Joy on 08 8392 2809 or email dandjrob@yahoo.com.au

Riverland Kidney Club Meet-Up 
These events are held at The Berri Big River Tavern. Enjoy lunch and then listen to a guest speaker. Everyone is welcome, send enquiries to Jason Size on 0417 811 977 or Jacque Zagotsis 0438 839 691. 

Murray Bridge Renal Support Group
Meet regularly please contact Maureen 0422 903 457 or Arthur 0408 335 668 for further information.

News of other SA regional and suburban Coffee and Chat support groups coming soon.

Western Australia

DART group Central Perth
Meets at 'CRANKED' coffee shop, at the bottom of the railway ramp at Leederville Station and is on the corner of Leederville St and Oxford Rd. Please contact the organisers to confirm the next meeting
Contact Shaun or Gail for more information, email dialysisandrenaltransplant@outlook.com or call Shaun on 0460 033 128.

Albany Kidney Support Group
A small group of transplant recipients, dialysers, family and friends sharing information, experience and socialising. Enquiries: Shirley Harding on 08 9844 8404 or email her at shirleyh@westnet.com.au


Hobart Kidney Club
Enquiries: Freecall 1800 454 363 or email kidneyhelpline@kidney.org.au

Tamar Renal Support Group 
Meet regularly 4th Saturday in month 10.15am at Belle's Tea Room, Macquarie Street, George Town (50km nth of Launceston). Enquiries: Kelvin on 0428 617 697 or email kidneyhelpline@kidney.org.au

Upcoming meetings will be:

- Saturday 26th October 

- Saturday 23rd November 

Tasmanian Kidney Community
Contact for this private Facebook group is Amanda Crawford - a dialyser from Launceston. Please introduce yourself when applying for membership. Apply to join here.

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