Kidney disease kills more Australians each year than breast cancer, prostate cancer and road accidents combined.
While one in three Australians is at increased risk of developing kidney-related disease, and 65 are dying with kidney-related disease every day, most are unaware they have it until it is too late.
Australians at risk of developing chronic kidney disease include those who have diabetes, high blood pressure, heart problems such as heart failure or heart attack, experienced a stroke, a family history of kidney failure, are obese with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher, smoke, have a history of acute kidney injury, are aged 60+, or are of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander origin.
National Kidney Health Week kicks off on 8 April. To find out more about the week and to take Kidney Health Australia’s online Kidney Risk Test - and find out if you are at an increased risk of developing chronic kidney disease - visit www.kidney.org.au.
Are you an organ donor?
Organ transplants, including kidney transplants, give people a second chance at life. At any time, more than 1,400 Australians are on organ transplant waiting lists.
If you are interested in registering your interest as a donor, the Australian Organ Donor Register is the place to go. The national register lists people's decisions about donating organs and tissue for transplant after death. You don’t have to be on it to be a donor, but it’s the best way to make your decision clear.
You decide if you want to donate, and which organs and tissue you want to give. The register only covers donations for transplants. Donations for research aren't included on the register.
Read more here.