Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is very prevalent in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, especially those in rural and remote areas.
Many Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS) patients will eventually require treatment for end-stage kidney disease.
Treatment options include kidney transplant, dialysis and/or supportive care. If dialysis is required, it may be performed at a renal unit or at home. Home dialysis is beneficial because it promotes independence and quality of life.
It is particularly useful for those who live in rural and remote areas, as they can return home faster from distant renal centres.
While home dialysis is usually self-managed, support from AMS staff may help to improve outcomes and quality of life for patients and families.
This module provides an overview of home dialysis. It aims to provide the clinical information required to support patients and families on home dialysis.
At the end of this module participants will be able to: