Almost one in seven Australian adults has at least one marker of kidney damage, and it is a cause of death for one in ten Australians. Among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, rates of end-stage kidney disease are shockingly high: up to thirty times the national average. But why do people get kidney disease? Why is it so devastating? What role do lifestyle factors such as obesity and smoking play? And what can we do about it?
These are some of the questions being tackled by our Renal and Metabolic Division. Part of our focus is on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander renal health, and we are working to improve equity in access to healthcare and in health outcomes for all patients.