09:18pm Thursday 09 July 2020

New approach needed to help Indigenous sufferers of kidney disease

The factors contributing to the high levels of kidney disease among Indigenous people are complex, involving a combination of broad historical, social, cultural, and economic factors, and biomedical risk factors, particularly diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and repeated infections.

HealthInfoNet Director Neil Thomson said kidney disease continues to be a significant, and frequently serious, health threat for many Indigenous people.

“Of particular importance are the high rates of end-stage kidney disease, which requires kidney replacement therapy, in the form of either dialysis or transplantation,” he said.

“Dialysis facilities are often not available near to where Indigenous patients live, so many people have to move to regional centres or major cities to receive treatment.

“The negative social consequences of such relocations, along with the high cost of the medical care, demonstrate the need for a comprehensive health care approach that addresses both the medical and socioeconomic dimensions of kidney disease among Indigenous people.”

HealthInfoNet has also recently been approved as a Level II Research Centre within ECU.

Working in the area of translational research, the award-winning, nationally-used  HealthInfoNet brings together all the information, research and knowledge about Indigenous health and presents it in a way that is easily understood and readily accessible on its free-to-access web resource.

For more information visit the HealthInfoNet webpages.


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