People diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD) are carefully monitored during frequent visits to our specialist clinics 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.
Patients are invited to information sessions to learn more about the treatment options available when chronic kidney disease occurs:
- Home haemodialysis
- Peritoneal dialysis
- Centre based haemodialysis (also known as satellite haemodialysis),
- Kidney supportive care
- Kidney transplantation
- The Royal Melbourne Hospital - approximately every two months
- Albury / Wodonga region - February / March and December
- Ballarat - February and August
- Mildura - May and October
- Wangaratta - June / July
Detailed kidney transplant information is presented at the education day. Specific information is also provided for potential kidney donors.
You need a referral from your General Practitioner (GP) or medical practitioner to access this program.
Your GP should 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 specified as indefinite.
Keep a copy of your referral, so you can easily ask your GP to renew your referral if you need to.
Find out more about kidney disease and treatments at Kidney Health Australia:
- Information about kidney disease and treatment
- Video library of patient information in languages other than English
- Kidney Health Australia's translations resource library