1.10 Kidney disease

This measure reports on prevalence and hospitalisation for kidney disease, as well as incidence of treated end-stage kidney disease.

Why is it important?

Kidney disease can be a disease in its own right, or can be caused by the kidneys being permanently damaged by various acute illnesses or by progressive damage from other chronic conditions (AIHW 2011). If the kidneys cease functioning, this can cause death unless the person has regular dialysis or a new kidney is provided by transplant (AHMAC 2017).

Related measures:

Data sources

  • Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry data
  • Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey
  • Australian Health Survey
  • National Mortality Database
  • National Hospital Mortality Database