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The Health Centre

Get to Know Your Kidneys - It Could Save Your Life


The silent killer contributes to 9.5% of all deaths.


Kidney Health Australia today urged all Australians to become aware of kidney failure which causes or contributes to at least 9.5% of all deaths in Australia and is known as the Silent Killer.


One in three Australians is at risk from Kidney disease.

Structure of the kidneys and bladder

"We are marking World Kidney Day by calling on all Australians to become aware of the role their kidneys play in keeping them alive," said Anne Wilson CEO of Kidney Health Australia.

"The lack of knowledge about the role of the kidneys is deadly for many Australians who only find out about their serious medical condition during the final stages of kidney failure when their kidneys are only working at around ten per cent.

"Because of this Kidney disease is known as the silent killer"


Ms Wilson said, most people do not realise that their kidneys produce on average around 190 litres of fluid each day, with only around 1.5 to 2.5 litres excreted as urine. The remainder of the filtered fluid is re-absorbed into the body!

"We are urging people to get to know the critical role their kidneys play as the body's waste removal system, thereby keeping us well."

"Of the many different roles that our kidneys perform, this is the most important.

Ms Wilson said, for organs so small, the kidneys have a number of vital roles to play:

  •  Removing waste and fluid from the body

  •  Helping to control blood pressure

  •  Helping with the production of red blood cells

  •  Helping to keep our bones strong.

Fast Facts

  •  One in three Australians is at risk of developing kidney disease

  •  One in seven have kidney disease, yet it often goes undiagnosed and untreated

  •  One person dies every week while waiting for a transplant to become available.

Enquiries: Anne Wilson CEO Kidney Health Australia Mobile: 0400 165 391

Ron Smith Corporate Media Communications Kidney Health Australia (03) 9818 5700 Mobile: 0417 329 201





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