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2017 KHNZ Manifesto

21st of August, 2017

2017 Kidney Health New Zealand Manifesto

 

KHNZ responds to just launched Deceased Donor Strategy

4th of July, 2017

https://www.odt.co.nz/news/national/faults-found-organ-donation-plan

 

KHNZ media release

3rd of July, 2017

 

MEDIA RELEASE

 DECEASED ORGAN DONATION STRATEGY DOESN’T GO FAR ENOUGH

The Deceased Organ Donation Strategy launched by the Minister of Health today is good as far as it goes – but it doesn’t go anywhere near far enough, according to Kidney Health New Zealand chief executive Max Reid.

“Kidney Health New Zealand was happy to have a hand in developing the Strategy, but what the Minister has announced today lacks the commitment required to resourcing the Strategy’s implementation,” Mr Reid says.

“It is encouraging to see signs that our deceased organ donation rate has been beginning to increase over the past couple of years, but it is still one of the lowest in the developed world. And that is not good news for the nearly 700 New Zealanders with end stage kidney disease on a growing transplant waiting list.  Having a national strategy specifically designed to increase deceased organ donation rates offers a real opportunity to bring about a much needed change – particularly in terms of raising public awareness around deceased organ donation and its importance.

“To say ‘the devil is in the detail’ is perhaps an over-used phrase. But in this case it’s true. While the fundamental priorities identified in the Strategy are sound – strengthening the existing register, strengthening practice and capacity in Intensive Care Units, developing a public awareness campaign and establishing a new national body – there is no implementation plan, no indication of how or where or when the proposed national agency will be established, and no overarching timeframe.

“Of equal concern is the lack of any credible funding commitment on the Minister’s part. New Zealand’s ICUs are already running at capacity. The Strategy identifies increasing that capacity in order to better manage deceased organ donation as foundational. That the Minister has only allocated $500,000 towards building that capacity is incomprehensible. Clearly the Ministry of Health has not costed the actual level of funding required – and that lack of analysis to support the Strategy is itself of concern.

“Kidney Health New Zealand calls on the Government to establish the new national agency as a matter of urgency, so that a detailed implementation plan can be developed, costed and appropriately funded. Anything less would be to undermine the clear potential of the Strategy, and represent a betrayal of the hundreds of New Zealanders whose lives depend upon an increase in deceased organ donation and transplantation,” says Mr Reid.  

For further information, questions or comment, please contact:

Max Reid, Chief Executive Officer, Kidney Health NZ – ph. 021 72 33 44

 

Kidney Health NZ (formally the Kidney Foundation) is a national organisation supporting kidney patients and their families by way of education, advocacy and research across all areas of kidney health - including organ donation and transplant, dialysis, early detection and prevention of chronic kidney disease. For further information or advice, contact the Kidney Health Helpline – 0800 KIDNEYS (543 639)

 

 

 

Deceased organ donation

3rd of July, 2017

http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/checkpoint/audio/201849356/plan-to-boost-deceased-organ-donations

 

Home dialysis conference 2018

26th of June, 2017

For further information visit http://www.homedialysis2018.org/

 

 

Recent kidney data for New Zealand

11th of May, 2017

 Annual Data Report 2015 - New Zealand nephrology

 

World Kidney Day 2017

8th of March, 2017

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE1703/S00027/world-kidney-day-2017.htm

 

Nick Cross talks about organ donation

3rd of March, 2017

https://www.facebook.com/lynchinnz/videos/708306532681650/

 

Increase in Deceased Organ donation

27th of February, 2017

A-second-chance-at-life-more-organs-donated-in-nz-last-year-than-ever-before

 

Compensation for Live donors update Feb 2017

9th of February, 2017

https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/products/a-z-benefits/live-organ-donor-assistance.html

Please note the following statement regarding  the Act The Act commences 12 months after it is passed, unless brought into force earlier by an Order-in-Council, to allow time for the Ministry to put in place systems and processes to pay earnings compensation under the Act.