What is Renal or Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a major public health problem in Australia and throughout the world and diabetic nephropathy is the leading cause of CKD in Australia. It is estimated that 10% of all adults presenting to a general practice in Australia have CKD, and 80% have at least one risk factor for CKD.

The Kidney Health Australia Caring for Australasians with Renal Impairment (KHA-CARI) Guidelines recommend patients with progressive CKD (stages 3 – 5) should have individualised diet intervention involving an Accredited Practicing Dietitian. Overweight or obese people with CKD should also be prescribed caloric restriction under the management of an Accredited Practicing Dietitian1. For those patients undergoing haemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis nutritional status should be routinely assessed at commencement of dialysis and at regular intervals thereafter.

1 Kidney Health Australia Caring for Australasians with Renal Impairment (KHA-CARI) Guidelines.

[See Early Chronic Kidney Disease, Cardiovascular Risk Factors, Biochemical and Haematological Targets].

How can Revitalise help?

Jo can see your renal patients privately and assist them to manage their nutritional requirements as the disease progresses and intervene and educate when biochemical markers dictate. For more information and to discuss your practice needs please call Jo on 0403 938 747 or email

Jo is actively involved in research in optimising patient health through nutrition and education. She has won 2 awards from Sir Chalres Gairdner Hospital Research Council (2016 & 2017) for posters presented on her research. See posters below. She has also had her work published in the Journal of The Renal Society of Australasia.

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Downloadable Resources

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Management in General Practice 

Nutritional therapy in chronic kidney disease

Private Renal Dietetic Services 

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