Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) presents a significant health problem in Australia with one in ten Australian adults diagnosed with CKD and one in three having an increased risk of developing CKD


CKD is defined as a glomerular filtration rate (GFR <60ml/min/1.73m2 that is present for >3 months, with or without evidence of kidney damage OR kidney damage with or without decreased GFR that is present for >3 months, as evidenced by the following, irrespective of the underlying cause:

  • albuminuria
  • haematuria after exclusion of urological causes
  • structural abnormalities (e.g. on kidney imaging tests)
  • pathological abnormalities (e.g. renal biopsy).
Risk Factors for CKD
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Established cardiovascular disease
  • Obesity (BMI>30)
  • Smoking
  • Aged 60 years or older
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin
  • Family history of kidney disease
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