Media Release

Doctors, Academics, Athletes, Artists and Community Speak Out on 'I Kidney Check Community Gallery'


Kidney Health Australia

Some of Australia's best known faces appear on a new Kidney Health Australia online 'I Kidney Check Community Gallery' which has been launched in the lead up to Kidney Health Week.

Kidney Health Australia is calling for community members to add their personal stories and reflections to the gallery about the impact of kidney disease and spread the word to become part of 'I Kidney Check Community Gallery.'

The online gallery including personal video messages is designed to build awareness and concern for kidney health and kidney disease prevention across the Australian community.

  • Over 1.5 million Australians may be unaware they have indicators of chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic kidney disease in Australia is highly undiagnosed
  • If kidney disease is caught early, it can either be halted or progression to end stage kidney disease can be slowed by as much as 50%
  • You can lose up to 90 per cent of kidney function without knowing it - there are often no warning signs
  • Kidney disease is known as the Silent Killer

Comments from the I Kidney Check Community Gallery

 Phil Davis, AFL Footballer 

"I Kidney Check because I had an acute kidney injury on the football field in 2014... I'm an Australian rules footballer playing for the Greater Western Sydney Giants in the Australian Football League. I Kidney Check because I had an acute kidney injury on the field in 2014, and I now understand that I could be in a high risk group for developing kidney disease."

 Phil Davis

Lady Margaret Brabham

Lady Margaret Brabham
"I Kidney Check because by the time you know you have kidney disease, it can be too late. I have experienced kidney failure first-hand, not in myself but in my husband Sir Jack Brabham. He was on dialysis for eight years and his kidney failure was inherited from his mother who died quite young from the same condition."


 Frankie J. Holden, Australian Singer, Actor and TV Presenter

 "I Kidney Check because of my daughters and my grandchildren...and I want to be around for as long as I possibly can to be a part of their growing up."

Frankie J. Holden

Gary Sweet

 Gary Sweet, Australian Film and Television Actor

"I Kidney Check because I want to be around to see my youngest child develop into adulthood..."

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 Rhys Muldoon, Australian Actor and Writer

"I Kidney Check because you can lose almost all of your kidney function before you notice anything..."


Rhys Muldoon

Click here to view the 'I Kidney Check Community Gallery'

Kidney Health Australia, formerly the Australian Kidney Foundation, is a national health care charity with a vision 'to save and improve the lives of Australians affected by kidney disease'.
As the national peak body, Kidney Health Australia promotes good kidney health through education, advocacy, research and support.

Media Enquiries:
Ron Smith, Kidney Health Australia - Mobile: 0417 329 201