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Senate backs Greens call for kidney health action

Media Release
Rachel Siewert 7 Jul 2011

The Senate has backed an Australian Greens motion questioning the Government handling of a major renal study and has called on the Federal Government to show leadership and dedicate resources to improve renal health.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal Health said today that the Government should now take a greater leadership role in improving renal health among Aboriginal people in central Australia.

"Poor kidney health is a serious and growing problem for Aboriginal people in central Australia and it is important that the Senate has acknowledged that fact," Senator Siewert said today.

"The Senate has noted the difference between the draft report of the Central Australian Renal Study and the final report, in particular the removal of recommendations from the final report.

"There are alarming inconsistencies between the final report of the Central Australian Renal Study and the draft report handed to the Government five months earlier.

"The majority of the recommendations contained in the draft report prepared by the George Institute for Global Health do not appear in the final report. A comprehensive action plan contained in the draft has also gone missing.

"The Senate has asked the Federal Government to implement these missing recommendations. This is their chance to take a leadership role and provide the resources necessary to implement these important measures.

"This report was commissioned as a response to the growing demand for dialysis services in central Australia and the alarming health outcomes faced by Aboriginal people.

"The questionable treatment of the report by the Federal Government is concerning and is something the Australian Greens regard as unacceptable," concluded Senator Siewert.

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