Standing up for kidney health
On the 13th of March, Fresenius Medical Care Australia celebrated World Kidney Day (WKD) by organising an awareness event that aimed to highlight the prevalence, risks and preventive measures of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) to the public. By showing their dedication the team handed out free water bottles sharing the message of “Start the day with a glass of water” – the theme behind this year’s World Kidney Day initiative.
Kidney disease is impacting an increasing number of Australians each year and is currently a growing world health issue. There are however several easy ways to reduce the risk of kidney disease. On World Kidney Day we call on everyone to check if they are at risk of kidney disease and encourage preventative behaviours.
Cross Regional Education and Exchange in Dialysis (CREED) is a dialysis educational exchange program between Australia and the South East Asia countries which has the support of both the local and International nephrology groups.
The Purple Truck is a project of the Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation meaning ‘making our families well’, sponsored by Medicines Australia.
Fresenius Medical Care Australia is a proud supporter of the Purple Truck which has been designed as a mobile dialysis unit to assist Indigenous dialysis patients to spend time with their families and communities whilst undergoing dialysis treatments.
In partnership with Kidney Health Australia, employees from Fresenius Medical Care Australia volunteered their time to conduct free blood pressure testing for the public and talk about kidney health across Australia. The initiative ran from 27 May to 2 June 2012 and during this week, hundreds of people had their blood pressure measured and many more received interesting kidney health information.
World Kidney Day is a joint initiative of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF). Their mission is to raise awareness of the important role that kidneys play in our overall health and to inform the public of the link between high blood pressure, kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide.