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The Lowitja Institute Research Leadership Award

15 February 2018

The Lowitja Institute Research Leadership Award recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research leadership and excellence.

Managing chronic conditions: evidence on value of self-management programs mixed

15 February 2018

A study from Flinders University has looked at the chronic condition self-management program, which has returned inconclusive results.

Hot North: funding for health research in Northern Australia

9 February 2018

The Office of Northern Australia recently announced the commitment of Government funding, over four years, to a wide range of research projects concentrating on the health of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Older Indigenous Australians with illness or disability at high risk of depression

2 February 2018

For the first time there's evidence that disability, renal failure and diabetes are causing high levels of psychological distress in older Indigenous Australians.

New health program believes it can reverse chronic disease

22 January 2018

Toowomba, Queensland will play host to a program that is believed to reverse chronic disease in some participants.

Indigenous calls for dialysis on country

14 November 2017

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.

Indigenous dialysis patients help sew 1,000 skirts for outback women in the Kimberley

14 November 2017

A group of Indigenous dialysis patients who have been sewing skirts for remote community women during their treatments have completed their 1,000th garment.

$9 million investment in community driven programs for Northern Rivers

7 November 2017

The Indigenous Health Minister, Ken Wyatt, has announced $9.1 million in funding to community driven programs in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales (NSW), to tackle health challenges in the area, including substance use, mental health, suicide, and chronic disease.

Indigenous dialysis patients pushing for grassroots community health services

12 September 2017

Aboriginal dialysis patients say too many people are dying a lonely death away from their families, because they cannot be treated at home.

Aboriginal health organisation praised for reducing risk of chronic disease in Far-West New South Wales

22 August 2017

An Aboriginal health organisation in Far-West New South Wales (NSW) is helping reduce the risks of chronic health conditions in the Indigenous community.

First interim state public health plan public consultation

28 July 2017

The West Australian (WA) Department of Health has released the First interim state public health plan for consultation across WA.

Call for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applications to attend the 2017 annual Chronic Disease Network Conference

27 July 2017

The Northern Territory (NT) Chronic Disease Network are calling for applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander NT workers to attend the 13th Annual Australian Disease Management Association (ADMA) Conference and 21st Chronic Disease Network (CDN) NT Conference.

Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce - consultation renal medicine

12 July 2017

The Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce is considering how more than 5,700 items on the MBS can be aligned with contemporary clinical evidence and practice and improve health outcomes for patients.

World class focus on boosting remote health

5 July 2017

Mother, Nellie Impu, from Alice Springs in the Northern Territory (NT), is part of a grim health statistic profoundly out of place in a first-world nation: one in five pregnant Aboriginal women in the NT has diabetes.

Carbal leads the way for Indigenous health

4 July 2017

As NAIDOC Week 2017 swings into celebration, Carbal Medical Centre in Warwick (Queensland) is at the front-line, keeping the Indigenous community fighting fit.

Closing the Gap: Queensland's positive Indigenous model eyed for national rollout

3 July 2017

The Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) clinics are creating joy for their patients.

Aboriginal health retreat using bush foods and medicines a 'promising' model for improvement

29 June 2017

Wild yams and fish, traditional bush medicines, Aboriginal herbal remedies and even sand massages are all part of a holistic health program designed to turn back an epidemic of chronic disease in north east Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory.

More help with medications through community pharmacies

26 June 2017

The Federal Government is supporting the expansion of community pharmacy programs to help more patients around Australia better understand and manage their medications and avoid ill-health.

Palm Island nurse hopes to rein in kidney disease

13 June 2017

Renal nurse Lauwana Blackley has returned to Palm Island in a bid to turn the tide of chronic kidney disease suffered by many locals.

Free Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources from the Continence Foundation of Australia

11 May 2017

The Continence Foundation of Australia tells us that one in four people have bladder or bowel control problems.

More cases of potentially fatal melioidosis from NT dirt emerge

10 April 2017

More people are being infected by a potentially fatal bacterium in the Northern Territory, and health experts suspect building works could have something to do with the rise in cases.

How Katherine Hospital, once Australia's worst for Indigenous health, became one of the best

4 April 2017

Katherine Hospital in the Northern Territory (NT) has gone from one of the worst facilities in the country when it comes to Indigenous health care to one of the best.

Free webinar for chronic disease workers

23 March 2017

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet invites you to attend a free webinar on Wednesday 29 March 2017 about the HealthInfoNet rsquo;s new Chronic Disease Workforce Portal.

Healthy kids in the cape!

14 March 2017

Apunipima Cape York Health Council's staff were busy last week coordinating the Healthy Kids programme across Pormpuraaw, Kowanyama and Lockhart River in Queensland.

New public consultation portal launched for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

9 March 2017

A new online public consultation portal, My Life, My Lead, has been launched to highlight the issues that support or impede Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to have good health.

World Kidney Day and Kidney Health Week (Australia)

22 February 2017

An annual global campaign since 2006, World Kidney Day aims to raise awareness of the importance of kidneys to an individual rsquo;s overall health and to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide.

Service providers for the Integrated Team Care Program in WA

23 January 2017

The Western Australian (WA) Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) has appointed service providers for the Integrated Team Care (ITC) Program across its three Primary Health Networks.

Western Desert Dialysis take out major Indigenous governance award

30 November 2016

Last week Western Desert Dialysis took out the top award at the 2016 Indigenous Governance Awards, announced at a ceremony in Sydney.

Organ donor recipient urges Indigenous people to consider donating

29 November 2016

Rockingham General Hospital (RGH) in Western Australia (WA) unveiled a special plaque ahead of Thank You Day last week, a day that aims to recognise all living and deceased organ and tissue donors.

Cancer Centre and Renal Centre opened in Geraldton

29 November 2016

A multi-million dollar cancer centre and renal centre was officially opened in Geraldon, Western Australia (WA), last week.

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage report released

17 November 2016

The seventh Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage (OID) report from the Australian Government Productivity Commission has been released today.

ACCHO health service delaying need for dialysis treatment

16 November 2016

A kidney health program at a Top End health service is making inroads in the battle against rising numbers of patients with dialysis-dependency and renal failure.

Postgraduate Research Scholarship Opportunity (PhD)

9 November 2016

James Cook University's Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention (CCDP) is seeking expressions of interest for PhD student candidature, with a 3-year $45,000 per annum tax exempt Health and Medical Research Council scholarship.

Australian Government opens first Health Care Homes grant round

7 November 2016

The Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, has announced that medical practices in ten Primary Health Network regions around Australia can apply for stage one of Health Care Homes.

Dialysis treatments set to increase in NT by up to 70% over next ten years

3 November 2016

The demand for haemodialysis treatments in hospitals and clinics in the Northern Territory (NT) is projected to increase by up to 70% in the next ten years.

New renal services for Kimberley communities

26 October 2016

Patients in the Kimberley, Western Australia (WA), will benefit from two new renal facilities planned for Derby and Fitzroy Crossing.

Bugalwena CKD Program wins PHC award

10 October 2016

A program to identify Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) at a general practice in Tweeds Head, New South Wales, won an audience accolade at the inaugural North Coast Primary Health Care (PHC) Excellence Awards last month.

Kidney health study stuns experts

29 September 2016

Research from the Goldfields, Western Australia (WA), showing a potential correlation between kidney disease and water contamination has been acknowledged as among the most original medical academic studies in the world.

Significantly higher disease burden for Indigenous Australians - but improvements made

26 September 2016

A new report released on Friday by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) finds that although Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians face a substantially higher disease burden than non-Indigenous Australians, improvements have been seen, with more possible.

Medina forum opens up organ donation discussion

19 September 2016

Almost 20 people gathered at the Medina Aboriginal Cultural Centre in Western Australia (WA) late last month to learn about the importance of organ donation.

Australia's health 2016 released

14 September 2016

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released Australia's health 2016 this week, a two yearly report card on the health of all Australians.

That sugar film working with Indigenous communities to lower sugar consumption

8 September 2016

Australia's most vulnerable communities are set to reduce sugar consumption thanks to an inspirational project led by the makers of Australia's highest grossing documentary, That sugar film.

Koori health screening day in running for health award

7 September 2016

A chronic disease screening day and family event held at Casino for the local Aboriginal community is in the running for a North Coast New South Wales (NSW) Primary Health Care Excellence Award. The 1 Deadly Step project was held in April at Casino Indoor Sports Stadium, in the NSW Northern Rivers area.

Upgrades boost efficiency at Kalgoorlie Health Campus

7 September 2016

Redevelopment Project Manager, Alicia Michalanney, says benefits of the $59.6 million redevelopment of the Kalgoorlie Health Campus, Western Australia (WA) have been realised within a year of the official launch of the improvements.

Chronic care finds new home in Medicare

26 August 2016

The Australian Government announced this week the ten regions across the country that will participate in stage one of the Health Care Homes model for delivering Medicare to Australians with chronic illness.

The role of doctors in closing the gap AIDA policy statement 2016

22 August 2016

The Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA) has released a new policy statement for 2016.

Mobile health lab aims to reduce chronic disease during National Science Week

9 August 2016

An interactive mobile health laboratory will visit four Northern Territory communities next week as part of National Science Week, to spark people's interest in science and health, and demonstrate how lifestyle choices can impact people's future.

Kidney transplant hopeful Harold Fields urges Australians to join organ donor register

4 August 2016

For the past 14 years, Harold Fields has spent three days per week enduring six-hour sessions of kidney dialysis.

Breakthrough in kidney transplant research

27 July 2016

Australian researchers have made a breakthrough genetic discovery that could improve the long-term success of kidney transplants.  Despite reductions in acute rejection, long-term organ survival in kidney transplantation has not improved, meaning many patients will need more than one kidney transplant in their lives.  Scientists in Australia and the US have developed a genetic test that could detect patients at high risk of organ rejection.

Minister inspects $5.3m Geraldton health projects

20 July 2016

Western Australian (WA) Health Minister, John Day, visited Geraldton last week to see construction of the new $4.1 million Mid West Cancer Centre and $1.2 million renal facilities.  Developed in partnership with the Federal Government, the new cancer centre will increase the number of local chemotherapy chairs from five to seven, and provide purpose-built facilities for consultations and outpatient services.  Mr Day said construction of new renal consultation and education facilities would allow the regional renal team to provide more support for patients and their families.  Construction of the cancer and renal centres is expected to be complete in October.

New chronic disease portal provides quick access for workforce

30 June 2016

Edith Cowan University's Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet has launched a new online portal for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander chronic disease workforce.

Concerns about link between high water nitrate levels and kidney disease in some WA communities

29 June 2016

A West Australian (WA) regional doctor says there could be a link between elevated levels of nitrates in the drinking water of some towns and health issues such as kidney disease.

Health and community leaders back campaign against chronic disease

16 June 2016

More than 25 health and community leaders have called on all political parties to agree before the election to act to reduce the burden of chronic disease.  The open letter signatories, including Aboriginal leader, June Oscar AO, have signed up to a call by Prevention 1st urging political parties to put preventive health policy first ahead of the July Federal Election.

Kidney health module developed for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Workers

14 June 2016

In a national first, a kidney health education module has been developed specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers who are on the front line of looking after people with renal conditions.

Bulgarr Ngaru Medical Aboriginal Corporation recieves award for excellence

14 June 2016

During the recent Kidney Health Week the Aboriginal organisation, Bulgarr Ngaru Medical Aboriginal Corporation received a certificate for their Award of Excellence for their service in addressing chronic kidney disease in their region.

Ord Valley builds renal hostel

6 June 2016

Construction of a new $2.56 million hostel for renal dialysis patients is well underway in Kununurra, Western Australia (WA), with the facility set to open in the first half of 2017.  The eight-bed facility will provide accommodation for people undergoing renal dialysis at Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service in Kununurra. There are currently 19 patients undergoing dialysis in Kununurra with conditions spread across the five stages of chronic kidney disease.

Funding boost for NT health research

1 June 2016

Menzies School of Health Research will receive an additional $5 million in the Northern Territory (NT) Budget 2016 to increase support to fund research that is delivering strong economic and health returns for the Territory.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet supports Kidney health week

22 May 2016

This week is Kidney health week 2016.

The impact of a dialysis access gap in semi-remote Northern Territory regions

19 May 2016

The Northern Territory (NT) has the highest rate of kidney disease in the world, with 100 to 120 new patients starting dialysis every year, many of them from remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

National strategic framework for chronic conditions: online public consultation on the second draft

18 May 2016

Chronic conditions are long-term public health problems that have ongoing effects.

New publication confirms important improvements in the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

16 May 2016

The Overview of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2015 provides a comprehensive summary of the most recent indicators of the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

WA Aborignal medical service sector supports Federal Government plan for chronic disease patients

9 May 2016

The Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA) said the Federal Government's new plan to provide better care for people with chronic illnesses amounted to trailing the Aboriginal medical service (AMS) model in non-Aboriginal communities.  A meeting in April of AMS Chief Executive Officers from Western Australia's (WA) welcomed the $20 million Health care homes trial, which will start on 1 July 2017 under the Healthier Medicare program.

Share your story about kidney health and why 'I kidney check'

5 May 2016

Kidney Health Australia are asking people to share their kidney health story for 2016 Kidney health week.

Budget 2016-17: information of relevance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

4 May 2016

Federal Treasurer, Scott Morrison, delivered his first Australian Government Budget on Tuesday evening, 3 May 2016.

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social survey 2014-15 released

29 April 2016

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released the findings of a major survey about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health release special Indigenous health issue

22 April 2016

The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health have released a special issue which focuses specifically on Indigenous health.

Transforming dialysis treatment for Aboriginal people

14 April 2016

The Purple house in Alice Springs, Northern Territory (NT), is an innovative Aboriginal-led model of care which is transforming the way Indigenous communities in central Australia live through end stage renal failure.

Public Health Week sets focus on crucial topics and encourages discussion

1 April 2016

The Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) is encouraging people to get involved in this year’s Public Health Week, which runs from 4-8 April 2016.

The opportunities for pharmacists to play a role in Aboriginal health services

16 March 2016

There are many opportunities for pharmacists to help improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, but it's a complex area to work in.

Close the gap day sets focus on health equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

15 March 2016

Australians are being encouraged to join the movement for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality, and celebrate this year's National Close the gap day, organised by Oxfam Australia, this week on Thursday 17 March.

Rochelle Pitt sings for kidneys at Kidney Health Australia's Golf Day

10 March 2016

Rochelle Pitt, X Factor finalist and renal nurse for Apunipima Cape York Health Council, Queensland, sang at Kidney Health Australia's golf day in Melbourne on Monday 7 March.

World kidney day: Minister Scullion says less sugar for better kidney health

10 March 2016

In a media release issued today on World kidney day, Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, says less sugar for better kidney health.  Minister Scullion says that kidney disease is of particular importance for Australia where almost 20% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults have indicators of chronic kidney disease and this figure rises to one-in-three in remote areas.

Call to cut salt and sugar in basic foods as remote NT communities tackle kidney disease

10 March 2016

The Northern Territory has the highest rate of kidney disease in Australia and the world, and the rate is also far higher among the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population, particularly young people.  Health experts say that food manufacturers should find ways to reduce salt and sugar in basic foods to help prevent the high rates of kidney disease in remote Australian communities. Professor Alan Cass, from Menzies School of Health Research, says lowering the cost of healthy food in remote areas was not enough.

Scabies study may aid Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

15 February 2016

Thousands of scabies mites were analysed recently by Australian researchers in a study that could lead to a decline in scabies in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, who are disproportionately affected by the mite, and diseases associated with it.

Kidney disease: National taskforce needed to address crisis among Indigenous people, medical expert warns

15 February 2016

Dialysis patient Didamain Uibo says she does not get homesick anymore, after more than three decades receiving treatment in Darwin, Northern Territory (NT) far away from her home community of Numbulwar on the Gulf of Carpentaria.  There is no dialysis treatment available at Numbulwar because the bore water supply is not suitable.

New Closing the gap annual reports show limited progress in meeting targets

10 February 2016

Two critical reports were released this week, the Closing the gap: Prime Minister's report 2016, and the Closing the gap - progress and priorities report prepared by the Close the Gap Steering Committee.

Indigenous Australians more likely to be at risk for, and die from, CVD, diabetes and kidney disease

26 November 2015

A new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are more likely than non-Indigenous people to be hospitalised for, and die from cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes and chronic kidney disease (CKD).

$630 million for almost 900 research projects announced by the NHMRC

12 November 2015

The Turnbull Government will invest more than $600 million to support Australia's world-leading researchers to find the next prevention of disease or cure, announced Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, last week.

Local health district awarded for kidney health program

3 November 2015

The Northern New South Wales Local Health District (LHD) has been awarded at the NSW health awards last night, the 2 November 2015.

SA Health renal truck helps APY Lands patients return home during treatment

5 October 2015

Dozens of Indigenous people from South Australia's (SA) remote Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands have been forced to relocate to receive treatment for kidney disease.

New CDN Coordinator highlights 19th Annual Chronic Diseases Network conference lineup

22 September 2015

The new Chronic Diseases Network (CDN) Coordinator, Alexis Nguyen is looking forward to the fabulous lineup of speakers and sessions at the 19th Annual Chronic Disease Network Conference taking place in Darwin, Northern Territory this week on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 September 2015.  Health professionals and other interested individuals are encouraged to attend the conference and the breakfast seminar held this Thursday morning.

Acute kidney injury in Australia: a first national snapshot

7 September 2015

Hospitalisation rates for acute kidney injury have more than doubled over the last decade-and this condition affects some population groups more than others, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

'Institutionalised racism' reason for fewer Indigenous kidney transplants

27 August 2015

Kidney specialist Paul Lawton says Indigenous 'compliance' challenges misunderstood so patients thought high-risk and less likely to go on waiting list.

New health initiative to reduce chronic disease in Aboriginal community

18 August 2015

Hunter New England Health in New South Wales, is launching a new initiative which aims to close the health gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

Department of Health inviting feedback on discussion paper addressing care of patients with chronic and complex conditions

6 August 2015

The Department of Health has released an options discussion paper, Better outcomes for people living with chronic and complex health conditions through primary health care, and is inviting feedback from patients, health professionals and interested parties.

$15.3 Million for Purple house

3 August 2015

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in remote Central Australia will reap the benefits of a funding boost to Western Desert Dialysis, also known as Purple house.

10m for remote healthcare unveiled in NT

30 July 2015

Dialysis clinics and accommodation for remote renal patients who need to relocate for treatment will be funded over three years. A plan to spend $10m in federal funds on dialysis support services for remote-living Indigenous patients in the Northern Territory has been announced, four years after the money was offered.

Point of care testing for renal failure and chest pain

28 July 2015

Flinders University researchers are planning to run a study in six remote health centres in the Northern Territory to determine the patient benefits and cost savings of using point-of-care testing (POCT) devices.The International Centre for Point-of-Care Testing at Flinders University, South Australia, will undertake the research following a $95,000 grant from the Emergency Medicine Foundation.

Campaign to raise funds for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health organisation

28 July 2015

Graham 'Buzz' Bidstrup, Chief Executive of the Jimmy Little Foundation, has launched a campaign to raise funds for the organisation to continue to run a number of programs, which provide services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with, or at risk of a chronic disease.

Renal nurse Rochelle has X Factor to be face of kidneys

27 July 2015

Apunipima renal nurse Rochelle Pitt is taking her expertise in kidney health to a new level as the official ambassador for Kidney Health Australia.

Kidney health research walk

13 July 2015

Kidney Health Australia is calling on all Australians to join in their Kidney health research walks that are due to be held across the country in September 2015, to raise funds and build awareness to better support people affected by kidney disease.

Morgan and Jill: the Yirrkala couple who taught others dialysis in their Northern Territory community

1 July 2015

When Jill Mununggurr learned home dialysis to help her sick husband Morgan, she became among the first to do so in her remote community, Yirrkala in the Northern Territory.

How's your kidney been?

8 June 2015

South Burnett health workers took to the airwaves to spread their message during Kidney health week.

AIH Kidney health supports Kidney health week

27 May 2015

This week is Kidney health week 2015.

Thumbs up for trial allowing older Indigenous patients to monitor health with technology

26 May 2015

A pilot project using computer tablets to help elderly Indigenous people keep track of their health has been hailed a success.

Health Minister Sussan Ley meets GPs and health workers at Moruya and Bega

19 May 2015

The Federal Health Minister says her visit to the New South Wales far south coast has given her an insight into the unique health needs and challenges facing the region.

Budget 2015-16: information of relevance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

13 May 2015

Federal Treasurer, Joe Hockey, delivered his second Australian Government Budget on Tuesday evening, 12 May 2015.

Home-grown Derby girl to be town's first Aboriginal doctor

5 May 2015

Vinka Barunga is a proud Worara woman, determined to be the first Aboriginal doctor in her community - but definitely not the last.

Kidney program review

20 April 2015

Danila Dilba is reviewing its chronic kidney disease (CKD) program to improve efforts to provide the best possible care to clients.

Patrick Tjungurrayi: Bringing the gift of better health

16 April 2015

When artist Patrick Tjungurrayi got sick with kidney disease, he said he would rather die in his own country than be sick in someone else’s. This declaration made by the respected Western Desert artist, who had spent several years working with historian John Carty, who today is launching a book about Tjungurrayi's life.  His painting career has been only the latest chapter in an extraordinary life: two decades as a desert nomad with no white contact, another two as mission resident, then pioneer of the homelands movement that saw Western Desert peoples return to their country.

Remembering Yayayi: 1974 footage reminds the Pintubi people of a healthier past

13 April 2015

Pintubi Elders have travelled to the National Museum in Canberra, in the Australian Capital Territory, for the first public screening of a documentary film that includes unique footage of life on a Western Desert outstation, in the Northern Territory, in 1974.

Report released: Australian burden of disease study: fatal burden of disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2010

10 April 2015

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has recently released their second report in the Australian burden of disease study series.

CQUniversity researchers host workshops to address Indigenous chronic disease

9 April 2015

CQUniversity researchers have held a series of workshops and interviews as part of a project exploring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, experiences and perceptions of chronic disease conditions in the greater Rockhampton region, Queensland (Qld).

Call for national action to tackle Indigenous kidney disease

26 March 2015

Kidney disease is a silent killer of Indigenous Australians.

Curb kidney disease to close the gap

23 March 2015

World Kidney Day is being held on Thursday, 26 March 2015.

Study reveals new ground made in fight against kidney disease

10 March 2015

A new study by the Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) has revealed an improvement in life expectancy for those suffering from end-stage kidney disease (ESKD), one of the most disproportionate diseases affecting Indigenous Australians.

Dialysis and bush medicine help combat kidney disease

9 March 2015

A new collection is helping to tell the story of Western Desert people with kidney failure and the work of the Purple House renal dialysis service, based at Alice Springs.

Closing the gap in Aboriginal kidney transplants

17 February 2015

A new model of care for kidney transplants for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was awarded top honours at last year's 2014 WA Health Excellence awards.

Indigenous health organisations unite to improve remote dialysis treatment

16 February 2015

When Indigenous woman Gundimulk Wanambi's was diagnosed with kidney disease, it was like being given a life sentence.

Closing the gap annual reports released

11 February 2015

Two critical reports were released today, the Closing the gap: Prime Minister's report 2015 and the Closing the gap - progress and priorities report prepared by the Close the Gap Steering Committee.

Health checks aim to ensure clean bill of health

10 February 2015

Apunipima Cape York Health Council is offering free checks to the community of Hopevale, Queensland, to assist the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to maintain good health.

Indigenous use of aged care services far less than that of wider population

29 January 2015

Indigenous Australians seek aged care services at just over one-third the rate of the wider population, a Productivity Commission report has found, despite requiring aged care facilities earlier due to high rates of disability and chronic disease.

WA kidney transplant trial

12 January 2015

Western Australia (WA) researchers are trying to cut the number of kidney transplant patients who develop diabetic complications that can cause organ rejection.

NT government launches new renal dialysis unit in Katherine

16 December 2014

Renal patients in Katherine, Northern Territory (NT) are celebrating following the NT government’s decision to double treatment capacity in the town.

Novel approach to improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait chronic disease outcomes

2 December 2014

Chronic disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is a major concern for implementing appropriate health services that consider the role of culture and family in maintaining a person's holistic wellbeing.

Kidney transplant success earns top award for RPH medical team

19 November 2014

A dramatic improvement in kidney transplant success rates in Aboriginal patients has earned Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) the prestigious Director General's Award in this year's WA Health Excellence Awards, for the Closing the gap in Aboriginal kidney transplants project.

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2014 released

19 November 2014

The Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision have recently released the report, Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2014.

Cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease: Australian facts: prevalence and incidence released

19 November 2014

A report released this week by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows that in 2011-12, over one in four (29%) Australian adults had cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes, or chronic kidney disease (CKD).

Taree dialysis centre relocation on hold

27 October 2014

Hunter New England Health (HNE Health) Chief Executive Officer, Michael DiRienzo, yesterday hit pause on the plan to close the Nita Reed Community Dialysis Centre in Taree, New South Wales, and relocate dialysis chairs to Forster Private Hospital in 2015, an issue which has caused much discussion and fractures in communication between health professionals and community stake holders in the district.

Cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease - Australian facts: mortality released

24 October 2014

Cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease were the underlying cause of 36 percent of all deaths in 2011, according to a report released this week by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

UQ awarded $52m in health and medical research funding

20 October 2014

Australia's first Centre of Research Excellence in Chronic Kidney Disease will be established at The University of Queensland (UQ) with a $2.5 million grant announced last week, awarded through the National Health and Medical Research Council award of almost $52 million to UQ researchers, from $580 million announced for projects, fellowships and centres across Australia.

Researchers, communities, government and not-for-profit sector band together to improve Indigenous health outcomes

17 October 2014

Health and medical researchers have teamed up with Indigenous community organisations, policymakers, businesses and others on the frontlines of health care delivery to help improve the health of Indigenous communities, as part of five National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Partnership project grants announced today.

First ever survey of GP's attitudes about chronic kidney disease

13 October 2014

Kidney Health Australia is collaborating with the Hunter Research Foundation (HRF) to conduct the first ever study of current clinical practice in relationship to chronic kidney disease (CKD) detection, management and continuing professional education.

Failing Aboriginal Australians with chronic kidney disease

6 October 2014

Based on Australian and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry (ANZDATA) analysis from 1999 to 2009, the number of people receiving renal replacement therapy (dialysis) from Central Australia more than tripled from 62 to 209.

National approach needed to improve specialist care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

6 October 2014

Despite a higher burden of illness and chronic disease, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people access fewer Medicare-rebated specialist services than non-Indigenous people, prompting calls from a peak medical group for a national approach to address the inequity.

Special spirit in the red dust

6 October 2014

Date posted: 6 October 2014 Pintubi Elder, Bobby West Joopahroola has reason to smile as he watches from the sidelines of the Western Desert League (WDL) grand final game held last week in Kiwirrkurra, Australia's most remote community - he is now back living on country, after the opening of a dialysis clinic in Kiwirrkurra.

Push for renal unit in Gove

26 September 2014

Please note that this news item may contain images and/or references to deceased people, which could cause distress or sadness particularly for some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Western Desert celebrates 10 years of reuniting families

23 September 2014

This week Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation (WDNWPT) celebrates an important milestone.

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: biomedical results, 2012-13 released

11 September 2014

The Australian Bureau of Statistics have released the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: biomedical results, 2012-13, the largest biomedical survey ever conducted for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

Chronic kidney disease sufferers need access to palliative care

29 August 2014

Palliative Care Australia (PCA) and Kidney Health Australia (KHA) have called for improved access to palliative care services for patients living with chronic or end stage kidney disease.

World Kidney Day

28 August 2014

World Kidney Day 2014 was a great success world wide with more than 540 events being held in 86 countries, a widely-published scientific editorial, the inspiring success of the glass of water idea, and lively presence on social media, it had a powerful impact with its awareness-raising effort.

Skin sores research to improve health of children

27 August 2014

A Northern Territory (NT) based research project investigating alternative and more practical treatments for skin sores (impetigo) is set to benefit the millions of children worldwide who suffer from this infection, as well as Australian Indigenous children, who are disproportionately affected by impetigo.

Apunipima to highlight Deadly choices message at Mapoon community day

11 August 2014

Apunipima Cape York Health Council is holding a Deadly choices community day this week with the people of Mapoon, Queensland (Qld), encouraging healthy lifestyle choices in the areas of nutrition, smoking and physical activity.

Cancer, nutrition and kidney disease the focus of new Indigenous health research funding

28 July 2014

Australia's emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers will be able to expand their work in Indigenous health following a recent funding announcement made to the Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies).

CQUniversity researchers to investigate chronic disease conditions in Rockhampton

22 July 2014

Researchers from CQUniversity were recently awarded with a $45,194 grant from Central Queensland Medicare Local to commence a study that explores Indigenous knowledge, experiences and perceptions of chronic disease conditions in the greater Rockhampton region.

Regional doctors gather for Indigenous health forum

8 July 2014

Rural Health West says it is vital remote doctors from across regional Western Australian have the opportunity to learn about best practice to 'close the gap'.

BRAMS' healthy vision

7 July 2014

In 1978 with nothing but a vision and the help of volunteers dedicated to improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the Kimberley region, of Western Australia, the Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Service (BRAMS) opened its doors.

Australia's health 2014 released

25 June 2014

A report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), Australia's health 2014, shows that despite general good health, lifestyle-related chronic diseases are a leading cause of illness, disability and death in Australia.

Cultural workshops in Central Australia

4 June 2014

Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation and the Purple House in Alice Springs, Northern Territory, are running cultural workshops in bush balm making.

Report highlights lack of kidney testing

3 June 2014

General practitioners are failing to test high-risk patients for kidney disease, says a report on chronic kidney disease that emphasises the life-saving potential of early detection.

Free kidney check as part of the National Reconciliation celebrations

23 May 2014

National Reconciliation celebrations will take place this year between May 27 and June 3.

New agreement to strengthen Aboriginal health initiatives in Central Australia

12 May 2014

In a move designed to bring greater resources to bear on Aboriginal health in Central Australia, the largest Aboriginal health service in the Northern Territory will join forces with one of Australia's most prominent medical research institutes under a new agreement to be signed today.

Australian researchers' groundbreaking tool to watch kidney develop

5 May 2014

Australian researchers are behind new three dimensional (3D) technology which allows them to map the development of kidneys, during pregnancy.

Inspiring for project compassion

2 May 2014

Sarah Brown and Marlene Spencer Nampitjinpa are from Caritas Australia’s partner, Western Desert Nganampa Walytia Palyanjaky Tjuataku (WDNWPT) Aboriginal Corporation.

Big red kidney bus unveilled

17 April 2014

After three years in the planning, Kidney Health Australia's Big red kidney bus was officially launched on World Kidney Day, 13 March, 2014.

Chairs bring fresh hope to sufferers

15 April 2014

Earlier this month, the Federal Government announced a $56.3 million funding package to boost services for people suffering from chronic kidney disease in regional Western Australia.

Major boost for health services in regional Western Australia

2 April 2014

People living in regional Western Australia (WA) will get a major boost in health and hospital services including kidney dialysis treatment, pathology and dental care under the Australian Government funding announced today.

Indigenous kidney epidemic - 'alarming' new link

31 March 2014

The epidemic of chronic kidney disease among indigenous Australians may be partly due to a preventable skin infection.

Closing up the gap

27 March 2014

The Ceduna District Health Services and Country North SA Medicare Local (CNSAML) promoted Indigenous health for Close the gap day on March 20, 2014.

Leading kidney researcher asks for greater engagement this World Kidney Day

13 March 2014

To mark World Kidney Day 2014 Thursday,13 March, 2014 Australia's first Indigenous kidney specialist has expressed a need for research institutes to have a greater level of engagement with the people who participate in their research efforts.

Rootails for renal clients

4 March 2014

Campfires, kangaroo tails, painting and having a yarn are being used to help people who have to come to Alice Springs, Northern Territory (NT) for renal treatment.

Program treating chronic diseases in rural areas

3 March 2014

Healthcare professionals in Western Australia's south west have taken part in a pilot program to teach chronic illness management in regional and rural areas.

Dialysis project is given glowing report

24 February 2014

The Western Desert dialysis project looks after Indigenous people in the Northern Territory, with dialysis centres and a mobile truck.

Funding boost for Australian researchers

18 February 2014

The Australian Government today announced $133 million in funding to help Australian researchers find new health treatments and cures.

New mobile dialysis truck to visit kidney disease patients in outback SA

30 January 2014

The South Australian Government says a new mobile dialysis truck will provide a better level of service to Indigenous kidney disease patients in South Australia's outback.

Permanent dialysis pledge for outback lands

24 January 2014

Indigenous chronic kidney disease patients in the remote communities of South Australia’s outback could soon be benefiting from permanent dialysis facilities.

Cairns and Mareeba hospitals treating Lotus Glen prisoners

23 January 2014

Cairns and Mareeba hospital staff treated Lotus Glen prisoners 649 times last year despite a medical facility being located at the Mareeba jail.

Tackling chronic kidney disease in the Riverina

14 January 2014

The Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) in New South Wales, is working to address the very low rate of people using treatment for chronic kidney disease.

New chronic disease program for the Indigenous residents of Warwick

6 January 2014

A group of Elders from the town of Warwick in Queensland have travelled to the Carbal Medical Centre in Toowoomba, to learn about new health options available to Indigenous people in the Warwick area suffering from chronic disease.

Fight against kidney disease scourge

9 December 2013

For Indigenous people from remote communities in the Northern Territory, the diagnosis of kidney failure often means moving far from home to have life-saving dialysis treatment.

Health project work completed

2 December 2013

The children of the Turlku Birni Community Choir travelled hundreds of kilometres to sing in the celebration of the completion of the fieldwork phase of the Western desert kidney health project.

$10 million gift for University of WA for new Indigenous health centre

18 November 2013

The University of Western Australia (UWA), has received a generous donation of $10 million from freight magnate Greg Poche for a new centre for Indigenous health.

Indigenous dialysis patients return to the Kimberley after the roll-out of renal units

31 October 2013

More than 30 kidney dialysis patients have been able to return home to the Kimberley in Western Australia in recent months, with the roll-out of three new renal units.

Menzies delivers evaluation of federal chronic disease package

30 October 2013

Primary healthcare policy and planning experts from the Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) have welcomed the release of the report into the landscape of chronic disease in Indigenous Australians.

Australian Aboriginal birth cohort study commenced fourth wave of data collection

17 October 2013

The oldest and largest study of Aboriginal people in Australia has begun its fourth wave of data collection.

Screen for disadvantage to cut deaths

14 October 2013

General practitioners should routinely screen patients for poverty to cut deaths from preventable diseases, the Chief Executive of Catholic Health Australia Martin Laverty says.

A win for Northern Territory dialysis travellers

8 October 2013

Travel is a big issue for those undergoing dialysis treatment, especially for patients living in remote and rural areas.

Boost for port town's dialysis service

8 October 2013

Dialysis patients in the Esperance region of Western Australia have something to look forward to when they undergo treatment in the future.

Survey shows that Indigenous people in remote WA communities age at a quicker rate than others

3 October 2013

Research in Western Australia's remote Kimberley region has found that the Indigenous population are ageing at a much quicker rate than other Australians.

Help to improve the well-being of Aboriginal communities

1 October 2013

Mootang Tarimi means ‘living longer' and that is the goal for nurse Jo Krupa and Aboriginal Health Education Officer Veronica Lloyd who drive the health screening bus from Portland to Auburn in Western Sydney, New South Wales, to help improve the well-being of Aboriginal communities.

Improving Aboriginal health and well-being: a view from the north

26 September 2013

'Aboriginal people living in remote communities have much worse health status and longevity than other Australians and this imbalance will not be remedied until governments work with Aboriginal leaders and communities to address inequalities in education, economic opportunities, and housing.' stated Professor Lesley Barclay who is the Director of the Centre for Rural Health in her conversation with Tricia Nagel, who has a fellowship from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

Esteemed kidney specialist conferred national health science award

16 September 2013

One of Australia's leading kidney specialists has been recognised with a prestigious national award for his contributions to kidney health and advancing Indigenous health.

$2.4 million awarded for Indigenous health centre

22 August 2013

The University of Adelaide has won $2.48 million to establish a new national Centre of Research Excellence, in partnership with the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and the University of Wollongong.

State of preventative health 2013 report released

5 August 2013

The Australian Government has today released the first ever State of preventive health report, a comprehensive overview of the current health challenges facing Australians in relation to chronic disease.

Clinic grows better renal care with bush tucker

5 August 2013

A renal dialysis clinic in Alice Springs is growing an innovative way to make the treatment easier on its Indigenous patients.

Increased Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) risk found in Aboriginal type 2 diabetics

25 July 2013

Australian Aboriginal type 2 diabetics have a dramatically increased risk of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) compared to caucasian patients who live in the same geographical area according to a new study.

Kidney health for Indigenous Australians

24 July 2013

Diabetes rates for Indigenous Australians are three to four times that of the rest of the Australian population.

National Diabetes Week 2013 launch

11 July 2013

The Face of Diabetes in Australia campaign will be launched at the Yarra Gallery at Federation Square in Melbourne at 10.30 am on Sunday 14 July.

New clinical web resource helping health practitioners to reduce Indigenous chronic disease

26 June 2013

The Minister for Indigenous Health, the Hon Warren Snowden MP, has today launched the Australian Indigenous ClinicallnfoNet - an innovative web resource designed to assist primary health care workers in the prevention and management of chronic disease among Indigenous people.

WA HealthInfoNet post-workshop survey - we need your feedback

24 June 2013

If you have participated in a HealthInfoNet workshop in WA we need your feedback - please take a few minutes to complete this survey: This survey seeks to find out about the use of our website by workshop participants.

Saibai Island kids screened for skin disease that can lead to kidney failure

19 June 2013

Children on Saibai Island in the Torres Strait, off far north Queensland, are being screened to try and contain a highly infectious skin disease outbreak.

Kidney health news

19 June 2013

Kidney health has generated many news items across Australia over the past week.

Review of kidney disease among Indigenous people is now available

19 June 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet has updated its comprehensive review of kidney disease among Indigenous people.

Kidney health week stories

5 June 2013

Kidney health week, promoted by Kidney Health Australia for the purpose of increasing awareness about chronic kidney disease, finished on June 2, 2013.

Kidney health week and a new reason to test for kidney function

28 May 2013

At the launch of national kidney health week on 27 May 2013, the Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek, and Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Shayne Neumann, an addition to the Practice incentives program (PIP).

Kidney disease often goes unchecked

27 May 2013

Despite one in three Australians being at high risk of kidney disease, the chronic illness remains low on the health radar of many people, chief executive of Kidney Health Australia, Anne Wilson says.

Traditional healers share their stories

5 April 2013

A new book that profiles the ancient art of the ngankari has just been launched by the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women's Council.

Prestigious national health science award for Menzies Director

27 March 2013

Menzies School of Health Research Director, Professor Alan Cass has been named the 2013 TJ Neale Award recipient by the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology (ANZSN).

Report reveals areas for improvement in Indigenous health

27 March 2013

A new report by the University Centre for Rural Heath (UCRH) provides a snapshot of health and disease issues in a northern New South Wales (NSW) Aboriginal community.

New group to lobby for kidney action

25 March 2013

The Kidney Action Network has been formed to lobby governments to improve the lives and treatment of renal patients from remote Indigenous communities.

Mobile health clinic reaches out to underserviced Indigenous communities

25 February 2013

A new Indigenous Health Mobile Training Unit has just been launched by the University of Queensland (UQ).

Free HealthInfoNet workshops in Albany, WA - 11-13 March 2013

20 February 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be in Albany, Western Australia delivering free workshops from the 11th - 13th March 2013.

HealthInfoNet workshops in the South West of WA - Bunbury and Busselton

24 January 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be in the South West of WA delivering free workshops from the 11th - 15th February 2013.

Surveys released to assess the 'Indigenous chronic disease package' (ICDP)

22 November 2012

The Australian Government is monitoring and assessing the effectiveness of the Indigenous chronic disease package (ICDP) in achieving the Closing the gap targets (under the ICDP national monitoring and evaluation project).

Long road for dialysis

21 November 2012

Bundjalung Elder Patsy Bundjulahm (butterfly) Nagas is concerned that the Northern Rivers (New South Wales) is under-resourced for dialysis patients and that as the population ages the situation is going to get worse.

Indigenous kidney specialist named NT's Young Tall Poppy

29 October 2012

Australia's first Indigenous kidney specialist has been announced as the Northern Territory's Young TallPoppy as part of the recent 2012 NT Research and Innovation Awards.

Kidney specialist Professor Alan Cass to head Menzies

11 October 2012

A leading Australian kidney specialist will take the helm at the Northern Territory's Menzies School of  Health Research (Menzies), following a six-month global search for a world-class director and health researcher.

Research endorses national standard for assessment of kidney function in Indigenous Australians

24 September 2012

A new Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) study has backed the nation's standard kidney function test for Indigenous Australians, deeming it accurate and valid.

HealthInfoNet workshops coming to the Gascoyne/Midwest in November

20 September 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet workshops are coming to the Gascoyne/Midwest region in November.

New online resource for Australia's Indigenous Healthy Lifestyle Workers

13 September 2012

An online portal to support Australia's Healthy Lifestyle Workers was launched this week by the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet.

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Pilbara (now including Newman)

4 September 2012

The HealthInfoNet will be in the Pilbara next week delivering free workshops from September 10th to the 17th.

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Pilbara

27 August 2012

There are still places available to participate in upcoming Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (AIH) workshops in the Pillbara region of Western Australia (WA).

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Kimberley

31 July 2012

The HealthInfoNet will be in the Kimberley next week delivering free workshops from August 6th to the 17th.

Sick take palliative care over treatment

30 July 2012

A senate inquiry has heard that a shortage of renal dialysis services is pushing sick Aborigines from remote communities to choose palliative care over treatment.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) conducting largest survey of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

19 July 2012

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has commenced the largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey to improve knowledge of the health issues affecting Indigenous Australians.

Tailor the health care to close the gap

13 July 2012

The primary health care peak body, Australian Medicare Local Alliance, is encouraging Australia's Indigenous population to sign up for quality chronic disease management in general practice to receive the health care they need.

NT Renal Services unit receives Angel Award for Indigenous educational resource

9 July 2012

The Northern Territory (NT) Department of Health's Renal Services unit was recently presented the Angel Award by Kidney Health Australia.

Mobile renal dialysis bus to visit APY Lands in late 2012

20 June 2012

A mobile dialysis bus, which usually operates throughout Central Australia delivering dialysis services, will also visit Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in South Australia (SA) in late 2012.

New National guide for preventive health assessments for Indigenous people released

31 May 2012

The National guide to a preventive health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (second edition) was released today (31 May 2012) by Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon.

Kidney Health Australia's national kidney health promotion campaign is running 27 May-2 June 2012

25 May 2012

Kidney Health Australia is running a week-long national campaign from 27 May-2 June 2012. The Red undies week campaign is a health campaign designed to raise awareness about kidney health.

Feedback welcome on draft on renal palliative care services in WA

16 May 2012

The Renal Health Network (RHN) has released a draft publication titled A pathway for renal palliative care services in Western Australia, and is seeking feedback on the document.

Aboriginal enrolled nurse among recipients of Kidney Health Australia's Operation angel awards

7 May 2012

Nurse Verna Newchurch has been honoured by Kidney Health Australia for her work in kidney dialysis with Ceduna District Health Services, South Australia (SA).

Experts to discuss childhood chronic disease links

2 May 2012

Links between influences in the early years of life and chronic conditions will be explored by experts at a conference in Darwin in September.

Disproportionate wait list for kidney transplants in the Northern Territory

19 April 2012

The latest publicly available data on organ donation waiting lists in Australia has revealed some disparity between states and territories.

Funding for remote community clinics in NT

10 April 2012

The Northern Territory (NT) Minister for Construction and Infrastructure Gerry McCarthy today announced $5.7 million in funding for remote community clinics as part of the Territory Government's health spending.

Musician and health ambassador Jimmy Little passes away

2 April 2012

Dr Jimmy Little, the first Indigenous performer to top Australia's pop music charts, and an ambassador for Indigenous health, has died at the age of 75.

HealthInfoNet workshops: helping to 'close the gap' in Indigenous health

20 March 2012

To increase access to its web resource and build the capacity of the frontline health workforce - and to assist the health workforce in 'closing the gap' in Indigenous health - the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will deliver a program of free workshops across Western Australia (WA) over 18 months from April 2012.

New diabetes drug will help Indigenous kidney patients

2 March 2012

A new drug for diabetics is expected to improve the treatment of high levels of chronic kidney disease in Indigenous communities.

Purple Truck mobile renal dialysis unit launched in Alice Springs

17 January 2012

A new state-of-the-art mobile renal dialysis unit, the Purple Truck, was launched in Alice Springs in December 2011.

Funding for Indigenous lung, hepatitis B and kidney research

15 December 2011

The Minister for Health, Tanya Pilbersek, today announced funding of $644,950 for nine scholarships in Indigenous health research at the Northern Territory's Menzies School of Health Research.

Healthy Lifestyle Worker toolkit launched

13 December 2011

The Director of the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, Professor Neil Thomson, today attended the Canberra launch of a new Healthy Lifestyle Worker toolkit to help tackle chronic disease in Indigenous communities.

WDNWPT wins Team Excellence category in the HESTA Primary Health Care Awards

1 December 2011

The Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation (WDNWPT) took out the Team Excellence category in the HESTA Primary Health Care Awards in November, which were held in partnership with the Australian General Practice Network.

Dialysis unit in Katherine likely to go ahead

25 November 2011

A proposed dialysis unit in Katherine is likely to go ahead as planned despite the concerns of residents and the Town Council.

Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation shortlisted for human rights award

10 November 2011

The Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku (WDNWPT) Aboriginal Corporation has been announced as a finalist by the Australian Human Rights Commission for the upcoming Human Rights Awards, to be presented on Friday 9 December in Sydney.

AIHW report: Chronic kidney disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2011

21 September 2011

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released a report; Chronic kidney disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2011.

Jimmy Little memorial service and concert, May 3rd

A state memorial service and a celebration concert in honour of the late James Oswald Little AO (Jimmy Little) will take place on Thursday 3 May at the Sydney Opera House.

Giving the gift of life

Artback NT Arts Development and Touring, from the Northern Territory (NT) is excited to present Gift of life, an innovative performance highlighting the importance of organ and tissue donation through a heartfelt and informative story of an Indigenous woman who is struggling with end stage kidney disease.

Proposed Medicare reforms for chronically-ill patients

The Turnbull Government has released a number of proposed reforms to the health system in an attempt to curb the rate of unnecessary hospitalisations due to chronic conditions.
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