Local Health District awarded for kidney disease program

THE Northern NSW Local Health District has been awarded at the NSW Health Awards last night.

The Northern NSW LHD took out the Integrated Health Care category for its Early Detection of Chronic Kidney Disease in Aboriginal People program.

Health Minister Jillian Skinner last night congratulated the LHD on its win.

Mrs Skinner said the aim of the Northern NSW LHD's project was to improve identification and management of indigenous clients with early stages of chronic kidney disease.

"Before the project began at the Tweed Heads Bugalwena General Practice, only two per cent of adult clients were identified as having the disease. That has now grown to 10.7 per cent," Mrs Skinner said.

Seven categories were won by regional Local Health Districts, including Far West, Hunter New England, Illawarra Shoalhaven, Mid North Coast and Northern NSW.

"Tonight's awards recognise the excellence of our nurses, clinicians, allied health professionals, support staff, researchers and volunteers, who strive on a daily basis to develop and implement innovative models of care with the aim of improving outcomes for patients across NSW," Mrs Skinner said.



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