Amcal and Guardian Pharmacies are getting behind Kidney Health Week (May 22– 29), Kidney Health Australia’s national awareness campaign which is urging all Australians to check their kidney health.
The campaign—launched under the call to action ‘I Kidney Check’—highlights the fact that people can lose 90% of their kidney function without noticeable symptoms.
Approximately 1.7 million Australians have indicators of chronic kidney disease, yet less than 10% realise they have the condition.
Meanwhile, the general population is largely unaware of the critical role the kidneys play in keeping the body healthy and the crucial need to get their kidneys checked every 12 months.
“Good kidney health is important, so detection is vital,” says Gary Dunne, Sigma chief operating officer.
He says Sigma is committed to improving the health services available to Amcal and Guardian pharmacies.
“Pharmacists are the most accessible healthcare providers in community health, so bringing campaigns such as ‘I Kidney Check’ is so important in supporting the health of the community.”
Anne Wilson, CEO Kidney Health Australia, says she believes the general public needs to be more aware of what their kidneys do.
“The kidneys are vital organs—just like the heart, brain, or lungs—if they shut down, your body shuts down.
“It is time for Australians to check their kidney health and understand the devastating impact that sick kidneys have on the body, and learn about the links between kidney disease and other chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure – one of the most common causes of kidney disease.
“Prevention and early detection is critical, and I encourage all Australians – particularly those at increased risk – to speak to their GP or pharmacist about checking the health of their kidneys before it’s too late.”
The KidneyCheck program, developed by Kidney Health Australia, is available from Amcal, Amcal Max or Guardian pharmacies.
According to Sigma this is the first self-management program in Australia and has been designed for people with high blood pressure and diabetes to quickly and easily monitor kidney health by checking urine for protein – one of the first signs of kidney damage.
Kidney Health Week creates awareness about maintaining good kidney health, as well as kidney disease and its impact.