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What is chronic kidney disease?

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is common in Australia. Approximately one in seven Australian adults have some degree of CKD. As the Australian population ages, the frequency of CKD in Australia continues to rise.

CKD includes all conditions of the kidney where a person has had evidence of kidney damage and/or reduced kidney function for at least 3 months. CKD is classified into five stages (stage 1 (least severe) to 5 (most severe)). Although CKD is common, there is a lot we still do NOT know about this disease, especially in the early stages due to lack of symptoms.  There is also a lot of variation in treatment and care provided to people with CKD in Australia and we are yet to understand how best to treat this disease.