About the Renal Network
The Renal Network’s purpose is to guide the provision of high quality renal ambulatory, home dialysis, renal transplant and supportive services throughout NSW efficiently, effectively and equitably. The Network also seeks to create opportunities to delay onset of end-stage kidney disease.
Each year in Australia approximately 2,500 people are newly diagnosed with renal failure, more than 10,000 people receive renal dialysis, and 8000 people are living with a transplanted kidney. In NSW, more than 3,500 persons receive dialysis treatments each week, and more than 2,500 are living with a transplanted kidney (35% and 31% of Australian totals, respectively).
The prevalence of patients on dialysis is growing by 5% annually, in part because of the increasing incidence of diabetes. This has led to a greater demand for both dialysis and transplantation services. Some illnesses cause temporary renal failure, however there is no recovery from chronic or "end stage" renal failure. In these cases the only treatment is regular dialysis or kidney transplantation.
The ACI Renal Network is led by an executive committee and is open to clinicians, health managers and consumers.
All of the network’s standing committees are multidisciplinary and include medical, nursing and allied health clinicians. Consumer input is greatly valued by the committees when dealing with issues of patient care.
The network has more than 280 members and includes clinicians, consumers and representatives of local health districts.
The ACI Renal Network has built on the work of the Greater Metropolitan Clinical Taskforce. The renal clinicians formed the network in 2003 because of their concerns about the increasing demand for dialysis services for renal patients in NSW public health system, and the ability for NSW to increase and adapt the available workforce to meet the demand.
The Network has established collaborative relationships with other organisations working within health and the NSW Ministry of Health, as well as nationally. It has strong participation from all renal units across NSW.