National Indigenous Kidney Transplantation Taskforce – Overview

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people suffer very high rates of chronic kidney disease; their rates of dialysis across Australia are five times the non-Indigenous rate, and much higher in remote areas. Despite this, access to transplantation is much lower, with previous work demonstrating critical delays in the pathway to transplantation.

The National Indigenous Kidney Transplantation Taskforce (NIKTT) is an initiative of the Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand, funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health, to improve access to kidney transplantation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Membership of the NIKTT comprises 26 stakeholders from a variety of disciplines including Indigenous 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.

Key Documents

Video Presentations from the National Indigenous Dialysis & Transplantation Conference