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Thursday, 17 October 2013

Chronic kidney disease: regional variation in Australia (AIHW)

Chronic kidney disease is a common and serious problem in Australia and its management can be resource intensive, particularly for the most severe form of the disease: end-stage kidney disease.

Rates of chronic kidney disease vary by geographic location. Chronic kidney disease: regional variation in Australia shows:

- people from Remote and very remote areas were 2.2 times more likely to die from chronic kidney disease than people from Major cities.
- people from Very remote areas were at least 4 times more likely to start kidney replacement therapy (dialysis or kidney transplant) than people from non-remote areas.

The report also investigates the likelihood of patients moving while receiving kidney replacement therapy (dialysis or kidney transplantation) for end-stage kidney disease. More than half (57%) of patients who lived in Very remote areas at the start of their first treatment changed to less remote areas during their first year of treatment.

Media release

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