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Summit delivers commitment to development of a renal services plan

30 November 2018

An initial draft plan that will set the direction into the future of renal services within the Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service will be distributed to stakeholders in January.

The development of a draft renal services plan was a major outcome of the Torres and Cape

HHS’s first renal summit held in Cairns on 27 November and attended by more than 30 participants.

Torres and Cape HHS Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services Kim Veiwasenavanua said the summit had attracted representatives from a range of government and non-government agencies.

“There was robust and wide-ranging discussion about models of care, service integration and other aspects of renal services,’’ she said.

“As a result, we have collated some strong, focussed initiatives from everyone involved in the summit.

“This will allow us to move forward to create a collaborative renal service plan to provide culturally appropriate support and care for consumers across the whole life spectrum

“A draft of this should be available for feedback in January and there is a strong commitment from the group to ensure consumer groups have access to provide feedback for the plan.

“We expect improved health promotion and prevention strategies and earlier detection will be key components of the draft plan.’’

Ms Veiwasenavanua said kidney disease was a growing problem in the Torres Strait, NPA and Cape York regions.

“Some of the factors increasing the risk of kidney disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities include diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, obesity and smoking,’’ she said.

“Currently, about 4391 out of 21,537 Torres and Cape HHS residents have some level of chronic kidney disease.

“However, we know about three-quarters of those affected residents have only a mild form of kidney disease.

“This could be prevented from getting worse with appropriate clinical management and lifestyle changes.

“Through management, education and health promotion, our aim is to reduce the overall number of our residents who contract kidney disease and reduce the number of those with kidney disease from progressing to full end-stage renal failure that requires dialysis for life or a kidney transplant.’’

Ms Veiwasenavanua said in tandem with the development of a renal plan, the Torres and Cape HHS also had created a new, dedicated Renal Service to oversee current and future services in the region.

“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders are four times more likely to die from chronic kidney disease than non-Indigenous Queenslanders,’’ she said.

“So, it’s important that we build and improve our capacity to deliver renal services here in the Torres and Cape HHS region.’’

PHOTO CAPTION: Some of the more than 30 participants in the Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service’s first renal summit, held in Cairns.

Last updated: 14 December 2018