NIKTT Secretariat Staff

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, especially those who live in remote communities, have a much greater risk of developing kidney failure and requiring dialysis treatment than non-Indigenous Australians. Yet Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are substantially less likely to receive kidney transplantation. For those who are fortunate enough to receive a kidney transplant, a disparity between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous patients persists, with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kidney transplant recipients experiencing significantly worse post-transplant outcomes compared to non-Indigenous recipients.

The National Indigenous Kidney Transplantation Taskforce (NIKTT) was funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health, as an initiative of the Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand, to improve access to, and outcomes of, kidney transplantation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Membership of the NIKTT comprises 26 stakeholders from a variety of disciplines including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kidney community members, nephrologists, nurses, policymakers, researchers, primary care, and allied health professionals. The NIKTT Secretariat work alongside the ANZDATA Registry, housed within the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute.

The NIKTT is responsible for driving the development and implementation of initiatives that target knowledge and service delivery gaps identified by the TSANZ Performance Report, including the following three key objectives:

  1. Enhance data collection and reporting, 
  2. Pilot initiatives to improve patient equity and access, and 
  3. Evaluate cultural bias interventions.

Visit the NIKTT website to learn more.

Key Documents

Video Presentations from the National Indigenous Dialysis & Transplantation Conference