About the NIKTT
In June 2019, the Commonwealth, represented by the Department of Health, committed $2.3 million to establish the National Indigenous Kidney Transplantation Taskforce (NIKTT). It followed a report from an Expert Panel of the Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand which made 36 recommendations to improve access to and outcomes of kidney transplantation among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The NIKTT comprises of a secretariat that is housed within the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, a steering committee, a national consumer board, and several working groups. The steering committee includes members from the clinical, academic, government and non-government sectors.
The NIKTT will be responsible for implementing and evaluating the following key objectives:
• Establish the National Indigenous Kidney Transplantation Taskforce (NIKTT),
• Enhance data collection and reporting,
• Pilot initiatives to improve patient equity and access, and
• Evaluate cultural bias interventions.
National Indigenous Dialysis and Transplantation Conference, October 2019
The Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand, represented by the National Indigenous Kidney Transplantation Taskforce, hosted the National Indigenous Dialysis & Transplantation Conference from 20-22 October 2019.
The meeting focused on dialysis and transplantation issues that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, capturing the end-stage kidney disease journey from the commencement of renal replacement therapy through to the management of post-transplant care. The Conference explored these issues through a multidisciplinary lens, with a diverse cohort of speakers representing a range of sectors including nephrology, nursing, primary care, allied health, policy, and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kidney community. View the program here.
Watch presentations from the conference by clicking on the pictures below.