The Society helps people find their own way towards living well with chronic kidney disease and kidney failure. Experienced staff and volunteers are at hand with ideas, advice and practical help.
Most importantly, the Society brings people with kidney failure and their families together, in groups or one on one, so they can share their experience and strength and support and encourage each other.
Anyone is welcome to contact us for support and information, whether they have kidney failure themselves or not. Many Kidney Society services are free for people affected by chronic kidney disease anywhere. Some services such as home visits are limited to people with kidney failure who live in the Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Lakes, Tairawhiti and Hawkes Bay regions – because that is where our funding comes from. To contact a kidney society or support group elsewhere, click here.
Most people join the Society at a time when decisions need to be made about treatments: dialysis, a kidney transplant, or keeping as well as possible without these treatments.
More and more people with early chronic kidney disease also contact the Society for information. Much of the information and support, and the opportunity to meet others with kidney disease is helpful even if dialysis is still very far away – or may never happen. If this is you, click here to find out how the Kidney Society can help.
Knowing that there are thousands of people who live very well with kidney disease and that help and information are only a phone call away, can be very reassuring.
The Society works closely with the professionals providing medical care for people with kidney failure but is a strictly independent patient society providing support in the community.