The University of Newcastle, Australia

Operation Angel Award for UON academic

Friday, 5 December 2014

University of Newcastle research academic Dr Kym Rae is being honoured for her dedication to kidney health research in Indigenous Australians.

Dr Rae has received the Kidney Health Australia's Operation Angel Award in recognition of the outstanding contribution she has made in her local kidney community.

Dr Rae is the co-ordinator of the Gomeroi gaaynggal program, which seeks to improve kidney development during intrauterine life with an aim to understand and improve pregnancy outcomes of Indigenous women, who have a much higher incidence of preterm birth and small for gestational age babies – who in turn have smaller kidneys and fewer nephrons.

Dr Rae is the link between the community and research scientists and her enthusiasm and dedication inspire both groups to cooperate and integrate.

Anne Wilson, CEO Kidney Health Australia, said that the National Awards Program recognised the unsung heroes of the kidney sector.

"The Operation Angel Award is Kidney Health Australia's way of formally acknowledging the carers, patients, doctors, nurses, and wonderful members of the community who work tirelessly to support those living with kidney disease and increase public awareness of the burdens of the disease," Ms Wilson sai.

"Dr Rae is a shining example of the difference that one person can make, and is a very worthy recipient of the Kidney Health Australia Operation Angel Award. We congratulate her on her outstanding efforts and generous contribution to the local kidney community."

Currently in Australia nearly 11,500 people are on dialysis, more than 1000 are waiting for a kidney transplant and sadly 56 die with kidney-related disease every day.

For more information on Kidney Health Australia's Operation Angel Awards, visit their website.

Kidney Health Australia 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 delivery of programs in education, advocacy, research and support.

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