Sunday, February 18, 2007

Do you have a question about kidney or urinary health?

In Australia, ring the Kidney Health Information Service 1800 682 531 if you need to ask any questions about kidney disease.

TTY (Teletypewriter service) for hearing or speech impaired ring 1800 005 881.

For those of you in other countries, the information here is informative and helpful. However, look also for Kidney Disease Information links in your country of origin.

Kidney Connect

Australia’s Kidney Connect is our umbrella support program for people with kidney disease, kidney donors and recipients, their carers and family members.

Kidney Care Program: Trained Kidney Care volunteers and coordinators conduct a Dialysis Support Service, which provides support and companionship to people undergoing haemodialysis treatment in renal units throughout Australia.

Peer Support Program: Supports people living with kidney disease, kidney donors and recipients, their families and carers via TelEconnect. This national telephone and/or email peer support service connects people in need with trained Peer Support Volunteers who have similar experiences.

The following sites will link you to informative Brochures.

Kidney disease and diabetes are killers. Learn more about these diseases now.

Kidney diseaseare you the one in three? Early detection and prevention is the best medicine (booklet).

Kidney healthwhat you should know. This 16 page booklet offers important information about keeping your kidneys healthy.

Kidney and urinary health. A brochure with good information about kidney and urinary health.

Blood pressure and kidney disease. A brochure with information on kidney health and blood pressure.

You are able to access good information on this link including some of the above.

My husband died from a combination of end stage kidney disease and end stage heart disease at the age of 67. His illness was caused by high cholesterol. My family and I are well aware of the emotional and social cost of renal disease.

Be wise. Be healthy. Learn about kidney disease and live!

Sue Bayliss. Cairns, Australia.

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