This page guides you to helpful links and resources in looking after your kidneys.
It also contains some useful links to our consent forms.
The RMH Kidney Care Service recognise the high prevalence of high blood pressure, diabetes and kidney disease in our first nation people and the unique problems faced by Indigenous patients. We are fully committed to 'closing the gap' for any patients that identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.
There are some good Indigenous resources available on the Kidney Health Australia website which may be of interest.
There are some special resources available to Indigenous patients and our social workers will be happy to help you to navigate these if applicable. Please contact our social worker team to find out more.
Information on kidney failure from HealthDirect.
It is important to us that patients fully understand their care, rights and responsibilities. In order to understand your treatment and procedures, we have a list of consent forms available to download.
Australia has reciprocal agreements with some countries and although overseas holidays can usually be arranged, there may be a cost involved for dialysis. Go to the Kidney Health Australia to find out more about dialysis and travelling.
Also see holidays for dialysis patients around the world at Globaldialysis.
Holiday Dialysis in Victoria
A number of Regional and Rural Health Services work in partnership with The Royal Melbourne Hospital to provide haemodialysis to patients across Victoria. In recognition of the importance of holidays to people with end-stage kidney disease who require regular haemodialysis, these services are pleased to provide holiday dialysis when a vacancy exists in their service. Please note that advanced notice is required and that these services can sometimes be full.
Be sure to speak with the Home Dialysis Service team if you are on peritoneal dialysis as they will help you arrange delivery of your stock to your holiday address. This will need to be arranged a few weeks in advance of your planned time away from home.It is essential to speak with your regular dialysis staff when you are thinking about organising a holiday.
Australian Dialysis Units can be found on the Kidney Health Australia website
The RMH Dialysis Support Group
Established in 2000, the group runs a number of events each year, such as a dinner dance, film nights and other fundraising activities.
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.