The Orange and Bathurst Health Services are supporting Kidney Health Australia by encouraging everyone to ‘take the test’ during Red Undies Week (May 27 to June 2).
As part of a national awareness campaign that focuses on early detection of kidney disease, people are being urged to purchase a $2 Red Undies Week kit. It contains a cut-out pair of red paper undies that display the risk factors of kidney disease, encouraging the customer to log onto www.checkmykidneys.com.au to take the kidney health check.
“There is no cure for kidney disease, but if detected early, it many cases it could be treated and well-managed,” said Judy Francis, Nurse Unit Manager of the Renal Services Unit, Orange Health Service.
To celebrate Kidney Health Week and raise awareness, staff from the renal units will be wearing their own red undies and selling kits to help people take the kidney health check. Orange staff will also man information booths at the front and rear entrances of the hospital all week.
“We will also have the Red Undies Week kits for sale for $2, with the money raised going to Kidney Health Australia,” said Ms Francis.
Kidney Health Australia says Chronic Kidney Disease is the fastest growing chronic disease in the world. It is a silent killer that can affect 90 per cent of a person’s kidney function before they even realise they are suffering from the disease.
If you are over 30, have a history of diabetes, high blood pressure, are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent or have a family history of kidney disease, you should have a kidney health check every 12 months by your GP. Smoking and obesity are also at risk factors for Chronic Kidney Disease.
Ms Francis said the Health Service hopes that during Kidney Health Week, as many Australians as possible who are-at-risk will make an appointment to see a GP and get a kidney health check.
“Prevention of kidney disease is the best cure. Understanding your risk and making healthy lifestyle choices can go a long way to maintaining wellness.”
For more information about Kidney Health Australia go online at www.kidney.org.au or call1800 454 363 (1800 4 KIDNEY).
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