Experts to tackle diabetes and kidney disease

Kidney disease is a chronic illness where a person’s kidney function is damaged.

Diabetes is one of the most common causes of chronic kidney disease.

It is estimated that around 1.7 million Australians have diabetes.

That is 280 people every day, or one person every five minutes, developing diabetes.

In Australia, about one in ten people aged 18 years and over have indicators of chronic kidney disease such as reduced kidney function.

One in three people are at increased risk of developing the disease and up to 30 per cent of people with diabetes will develop chronic kidney disease within 20 years of being diagnosed.

Experts from Western Sydney Diabetes, an initiative of the Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD), will host a forum later this month to tackle diabetes and kidney disease.

The director of the Western Sydney Diabetes Professor Glen Maberly said western Sydney is a diabetes hot-spot, with over half the local population either having, or at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

“This forum is particularly aimed at healthcare professionals working with people who have diabetes and kidney disease,” he said.

“Expert will discuss best-practice management to help manage diabetes and kidney disease.”

If you are a GP, nephrologists, endocrinologists, registered medical officer, practice nurse, community healthcare providers, pharmacists, diabetes educators, optometrists, ophthalmologists, or a consumer, you are welcome to attend.

Event details are as follows:

When: Tuesday November 27, 2018, 5.30pm – 8pm

Where: Western Sydney University auditorium, Blacktown Hospital campus, Blacktown Road, Blacktown

RSVP: Jonathan Otero