Patients diagnosed with chronic kidney disease are carefully monitored during frequent visits to our outpatient clinic and attend the CKD Education program to prepare for their future care.

We provide the following services:

  • patient and family information
  • patient education regarding treatment options
  • counselling and assessment for care
  • planning for future care
  • facilitate holiday dialysis

The CKD Nurse Practitioner is the first point of contact, providing patients with the information and preparation required to enable informed choices and make a transition to the their preferred treatment type.

CKD Education days

Patients are invited to information sessions to learn more about the treatment options available when chronic kidney disease occurs. All aspects of the five options are provided; home haemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, centre based haemodialysis (also known as satellite haemodialysis), renal supportive care, and kidney transplantation.

Read more about online education resources.


  • Royal Melbourne Hospital - approximately every 2 months
  • Albury / Wodonga region - March and December
  • Ballarat - February and August
  • Mildura - May and October
  • Wangaratta - June / July

Transplant Education Days

Detailed kidney transplant information is presented at the education day. Specific information is also provided for potential kidney donors.

How to access this service

You need a referral from your GP or medical practitioner to access this service.

Your GP will fax your referral to the hospital. Once we receive the referral, we will send you a letter.

If there is a waiting list, you'll be advised what to do in your letter.

Referrals are current for 12 months from the date of issue, unless it is specified as "indefinite". Keep a copy of your referral, so you can easily ask your GP to renew your referral if you need to.


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In a medical emergency, call 000. If you are feeling unwell, see your local GP or go to your local hospital Emergency department for help.