A partnership approach to engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with clinical guideline development for chronic kidney disease

D. Duff, S. Jesudason, M. Howell, J. T. Hughes

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The Kidney Health Australia ' Caring for Australasians with Renal Impairment (KHA-CARI) Guidelines aims to develop an inaugural clinical guideline for the “Management of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and Mãori”. In this article we highlight why this clinical guideline is needed at this time, and the pertinent history of Australian and New Zealand nephrology clinical guidelines development. We describe the strategies that will be used in Australia to ensure the guideline is underpinned by recommendations identified from within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, and which supports clinician need. Three engagement strategies for the Australia consultation are outlined: 1) Engaging a panel of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health clinicians; 2) Targeted site engagements, with formal evaluation, with locally based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander consumers and services; and 3) Consultation and feedback from the Australian national peak organisations. A separate community consultation strategy is to be implemented in New Zealand. These consumer and community consultation strategies will precede and inform the KHA-CARI guideline technical writing team. The technical writing group includes medical, nursing, and primary health care members, and also members who are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Mãori. The diverse technical writing team members will ensure that the guideline will be clinically appropriate, effective and meaningful. Such guidelines, referenced to the needs of the community, are necessary to support health services to deliver quality health outcomes for patients and families living with chronic kidney disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-88
Number of pages5
JournalRenal Society of Australasia Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • CKD
  • Guidelines
  • Health services
  • Indigenous Australians

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology
  • Urology

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