The ideal, is for a patient never to reach dialysis, but be pre-emptively transplanted with a kidney from a relative or an altruist.
If a patient who is approaching dialysis has a kidney donor, that person needs to contact the Transplant Coordinator at The Canberra Hospital and indicate that they wish to donate a kidney to the patient. The Transplant Co-ordinator (6244 3353) will arrange for the kidney donor to consult a Renal Physician, and undertake the necessary tests.
These tests are comprehensive and are designed to ensuret the kidney donor will not adversely suffer health issues after donating a kidney. Usually the donor will be left with 75% of the original renal function.
Government support for live kidney donation
There is now a Federal Government scheme to help fund leave for a relative or altruistic kidney donor.
There are criteria and rules and the information can be accessed from the link above.
This is a major philosophical step from the Government and is the beginning of a process to realistically support financially live kidney donation.