How You Can Help

Become a Member

To become a member of our Kidney Support Network (KSN) is to add your support to a growing number of people who wish to see an improved community for people affected by Kidney Disease.

Membership contributions go towards funding patient support activities as well as building resources to assist patients and their families.
This includes:

  • Supporting our dialysis transport services to help renal patients get to and from hospital;
  • Providing support line/friendly calls and support groups;
  • Providing education about healthy lifestyle choices;
  • Creating, printing and distributing newsletters to keep patients updated with the latest health information;
  • Building our library of patient care brochures, information and resources;
  • Contributing towards the maintenance and upkeep of accommodation for transplant patients and their families;
  • and much more…

Membership is open to individuals, groups and organisations who are concerned with or affected by issues relating to kidney disease and kidney transplants.

Membership for the Kidney Support Network is $20.00 Annually.

Membership Entitlements

Becoming a member gives you the following entitlements:

  • Patients and carers support groups;
  • Newsletters;
  • Dietary and medical tips;
  • Advice on new developments and events related to kidney disease or transplantation;
  • Access to our library and equipment loan services;
  • Special events and gatherings;
  • Volunteer opportunities;
  • Hospital renal unit support; and
  • Advocacy.

There are three easy alternatives to becoming a Member:

1. Apply Online

The simplest way to apply for membership is through our form below. You do not need a PayPal account, secure one-off credit card payments can be made using PayPal.

2. Download and Print Form

Download and print the KSN Membership Form and post to:
Kidney Support Network
PO Box 457
Redcliffe QLD 4020

3. Apply via Phone

Alternately, please call 07 3855 9781 or 1800 358 797 and your application for membership will be processed immediately

Please fill in the form below, making sure your email address and contact number are accurate. Annual membership is $20 and is paid online through this form. Payment is made via Paypal, where you can transfer funds electronically if you have an account, or you have the option to pay via credit card on the Paypal site.

All information submitted is kept secure and confidential.

Your Details

Contact Phone

Patient Details

Membership Info

Submit and Pay

Please review that all your information above is correct. You will be directed to the Paypal secure payment facility upon submission to submit payment of $20 AU.

Volunteer with KSN

Volunteer and make a difference!

stall-selling-fundraisingIt’s important that you choose a volunteer role that’s a good fit for you. Here are a few questions to consider:

  • Why volunteer?
  • Is helping kidney patients a cause I feel passionate about?
  • Are there particular skills or knowledge that I can contribute?
  • Does the location make a difference?
  • How much time can I commit?

Kidney Support Network (KSN) has an ongoing need for volunteers from all walks of life who have a broad range of skills and experience, and, who care about people and having a positive impact on the lives of those affected by Kidney Disease. We are proud of our volunteers who are compassionate, determined, resilient and committed to promoting kidney health in the wider community.

We have an endless number of small volunteering opportunities which is what our organisation is all about. It is a great way to support kidney patients, meet people, learn more about Kidney Disease and add to your life skills.

What can a KSN Volunteer do?

  • Listen to Kidney patients;
  • Refer patients to relevant services;
  • Help in KSN Op Shops;
  • Guide patients and families to relevant support and people to talk to;
  • Investigate, with KSN Management, problems faced by patients such as transportation, accommodation and appointments;
  • Support carers with information on support groups such as the Childhood Kidney Support Network and Awesome Kidney Kids Programs;
  • Offer support within the hospital setting (visits);
  • Research support possibilities for patients and carers (for KSN Facebook, Website and Newsletters);
  • Transport patients to appointments and dialysis (some areas). Drivers needed;
  • Establish relationships through KSNs’ ‘Phone a Friend’ program; and
  • Administration tasks in KSN offices.

With one in three people being at risk of or suffering from Kidney Disease, KSNs’ services are in demand and there are a variety of volunteer positions available throughout Queensland.

We welcome enquiries and are confident that being a part of Kidney Support Network will greatly enhance your experience in life by being involved in your community and creating and sustaining new friendships in a caring and supportive environment.

If you are interested in volunteering with us, or would like more information, you can download our Volunteering Brochure, contact us on 07 3855 9781, or email us at information@ksn.org.au.

Alternatively you can register your interest online, or print and fill in our volunteering signup form and post it back to us at:
KSN Volunteering
PO Box 457
Redcliffe QLD 4020

Make a Donation

Thank you for choosing to support Kidney Support Network!

Donate Online

You can safely donate on line now through your credit card, donating is safe with PayPal. All donations are tax deductible.

To donate to Kidney Support Network is to add your support to a growing number of people who wish to see an improved community for people affected by Kidney Disease.

Kidney Support Network (KSN) relies on donations to fund important items such as:

  • Supporting our dialysis transport services to help renal patients get to and from hospital
  • Providing support line/friendly calls and support groups
  • Providing education about healthy lifestyle choices
  • Creating, printing and distributing newsletters to keep patients updated with the latest health information
  • Building our library of patient care brochures, information and resources
  • Contributing towards the maintenance and upkeep of accommodation for transplant patients and their families
  • and much more…

Alternate donation options:

1. Download and Print Donation Form

Alternately we have a printable, offline donation form available. Download and print the KSN website donation form and post to:

Kidney Support Network
PO Box 457
Redcliffe QLD 4020

2. Donate via Phone

Contact Kidney Support Network directly. Call 1800 358 797 and your donation will be processed immediately.

Bequests

Bequests – A Gift in Your Will

bequestBooklet imageGive others hope and support with a Bequest to the Kidney Support Network

The Kidney Support Network (KSN) has been passionate about assisting people who have been impacted by Kidney Disease for over 35 years in Queensland. We aim to improve the health and well-being of those suffering from the disease, by providing support, education, Patient transport, Patient accommodation referrals and more.

Many people, particularly those who have been supported by the Kidney Support Network, or who have supported  our organisation, choose to leave a Bequest. Your Will gives you the opportunity to leave a very special gift to an organisation that you admire or which has played an important part in your life or in the life of someone you love.

Every gift, small or large, makes an incredible difference to the future work of KSN and the future of others suffering from Kidney Disease. It means our support to kidney Patients can carry on for years to come.

When you leave a Bequest to KSN, you guarantee that your generosity and values will continue to live on well beyond your own lifetime.

It is our mission to provide quality support to people impacted by Kidney Disease.

Unfortunately, the number of people suffering from Kidney Disease is increasing. Now more than ever we need your help to meet the needs of our community and increase our services on a local and Regional level in Queensland.

What is a Will?

A valid Will is a legally enforceable document which specifies the people and/or organisations to benefit from your Estate after your life ends.

Why do I need a Will?

Many people spend time making plans and thinking about the future, but overlook one of the most important responsibilities – making a Will. About one third of Australians die without leaving a Will. If you die without a Will, your assets may be distributed other than how you would have wished, under rules laid down by Australian law.

Most people know they need a Will – but simply ‘haven’t got around to it yet’!

It’s not something that anyone likes to think about, but deciding what happens to your Estate is crucially important for ensuring that your loved ones – and the causes you believe in – are supported as you would intend.

What is a Bequest?

Your first priority when preparing your Will is to provide for the needs and future security of your loved ones.

A Bequest is a specific gift, nominated in your Will, to one or more non-profit organisations or Charities such as the Kidney Support Network.

Benefits

  • Your assets remain in your control during your lifetime.
  • You can modify your Bequest if your circumstances change.
  • You can direct your Bequest to a particular purpose or cause of your choosing.

How will Your Bequest Help?

Some of the ways your Bequest will help Kidney Patients and KSN include:

  • Increase personalised services for kidney patients – Peer Support; Circulation Massage; and special events
  • Help fund our crucial transport services to and from renal dialysis appointments
  • Education and awareness campaigns that promote kidney health
  • Assisting Australia’s First People and multi-cultural communities with culturally appropriate support; and through special events and projects, including conducting Kidney Health Checks
  • Expand Kidney Support Network services and Support Groups across Regional Queensland

How to leave a Gift?

If you do not already have a Will you should consult independent legal advice, such as a Solicitor or the Public Trustee to help you write your Will.

If you already have a Will and have decided to leave a Gift to the Kidney Support Network, talk to your family and your Solicitor or the Public Trustee to add this Bequest to your Will.

A Gift to KSN (small or large) could be in several forms including a sum of money; portion of your Estate; ; or other assets or investment – your personal decision.

You can specify exactly how you would like your Bequest to be used, ie. for our Indigenous Programs; Patient Support or perhaps Kidney Patient transport – again, your decision. If you haven’t specified how you want your Bequest utilised, the Kidney Support Network will ensure the Bequest is used to help kidney Patients in Queensland.

Do I have enough money to leave a Gift in my Will?

It’s a common myth that only the rich, famous and eccentric leave money to charity in their Wills. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Thousands of Australians make a Bequest to a cause they believe in or support. Every gift KSN receives, however large or small is important, so that we can continue to help people of all ages, including children, who are impacted by Kidney Disease.

How can I make a bequest?

If you’d like to know more about making a bequest to KSN or are ready to take this decision – we thank you!

Visit our Bequest Enquiry page on this Website to find out how to get started, talk to your Solicitor; or give us a call on 1800 358 797 or email information@ksn.org.au

Thank you from the Kidney Support Network Management Committee, Members, Volunteers and Staff.

Corporate Sponsorship

Whether you have heard much about Kidney Disease or not, KIDNEY DISEASE is set to impact our generation and generations to come in a massive way. According to research, it is predicted that in the near future we will be facing an epidemic of people suffering from Kidney Disease. This is a very scary and true fact. Find out more about Kidney Disease here.

Here at the Kidney Support Network we are already seeing an increase in people with Chronic Kidney Disease and the need for more transplants. Our patient membership base is growing rapidly and we are seeing greater demands on our services. We need to be able to maintain and expand our support to people who need us the most.

But the Kidney Support Network cannot achieve its mission without help. To continue this valuable work, we look to private organisations and the wider community for support.

We need your help.

Benefits for your company

Connecting with a Charity is a simple way to enhance a business, building its reputation and profile within the community. As a Corporate Sponsor with the Kidney Support Network, not only will you have the satisfaction of knowing your business is making a difference to individuals suffering from Kidney Disease and their families, you will receive tangible benefits and much needed exposure in today’s competitive marketplace. It’s comforting to know that your company will be seen as one of the good guys, helping local causes that make a real difference to people’s lives. Here is how you can benefit from partnering with us:

  • Displaying your company’s logo on our fleet of transport vehicles.
  • Radio Advocacy when you are involved in our community events.
  • Promotional/editorial space in our Quarterly Newsletter.
  • Inclusion on the KSN website.
  • Inclusion in KSN promotional material displayed throughout Queensland in hospitals.
  • The opportunity to work together with some of our well known Patrons and Ambassadors including Rupert McCall and Chris Bombolas.
  • Spokesperson available to present at and/or attend your corporate functions.
  • Letter of appreciation each year.
  • Recognition at Kidney Support Network meetings.

Also KSN is a not-for-profit organisation, which means that all sponsorship support is tax deductable.

Getting Started

It is so easy to get started!

There are so many ways you and your organisation can help us to support kidney patients throughout Queensland. For example with:

  • company and employee fundraising
  • matched giving
  • in-kind support
  • sponsorships
  • cause-related marketing
  • product licensing

Just let us know in what way your company would like to sponsor the Kidney Support Network and make a huge difference to a Kidney Patient’s life. Please contact our Head Office on 1800 358 797.

Op Shops

We have five Kidney Support Network (KSN) Op Shops Operating in Queensland

Our Op Shops raise essential funds so KSN can continue to provide support services for kidney patients, their families and carers. Unfortunately we do not receive any Government funding to help us help kidney patients.

A simple way to help KSN is to shop at any of our Op Shops!  Like our Facebook page to keep up to date with Op Shop news and specials.

Exciting new items coming in all the time!

We sell pre-loved quality items donated by the community and have everyday Sales.

If you are doing a spring-clean, please take your good, clean, saleable items to your nearest KSN Op Shop. We happily accept used books, clothing, accessories, crockery, cutlery and other kitchen-ware, brick-a-brack, pictures, CDs, DVDs, children’s games and toys.  However, due to safety reasons, we are unable to accept electrical items. Also, our available space is limited and therefore we are only able to accept small furniture items currently.

Our Op-Shops are entirely staffed by volunteers!

New volunteers are always needed and are warmly welcomed. If you have some spare time, why don’t you call into one of our Op shops and have a chat with us about KSN volunteering opportunities.

Sunshine Coast

We currently have two Op Shops operating on the Sunshine Coast.

Currimundi Op Shop:

1 Gannawarra Street
Currimundi QLD 4551

Phone: 07 5314 2013

Branch Office:

Branch Coordinator

Kathy Rayner

0410 755 476

kathy.rayner@ksn.org.au

9:00am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday
9:00am to 12:00 noon on Saturday
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Maroochydore Op Shop:

Shop 2/44 Aerodrome Rd
Maroochydore QLD 4558
Phone: (07) 5443 3553

Opening hours

9:00am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday
9:00am to 12:00 noon on Saturday

Maroochydore

Brisbane

Keperra Op Shop:

1/10 Dallas Parade
Keperra QLD 4054

Phone: (07) 3855 9781

Head Office:

Coordinator

Steve Kerslake

steve.kerslake@ksn.org.au

1800 358 797

Keperra op shop

Mackay

Mackay Branch & Op Shop:

1/235 Shakespeare Street cnr Romeo Street
Mackay QLD 4740

Transport Coordinator:

Trevor Porter

0413 099 754

Op Shop: 0477 169 148

Branch Office:

Manager

Liza Williams

0423 964 397

liza.williams@ksn.org.au

Monday to Friday: 9:00am to 3:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am to 2:00pm

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NEW Sarina Op Shop

24 Central Street Sarina

4737

07 3164 4394

Liza Williams

0423 964 397

liza.williams@ksn.org.au

Art Loan Program

Kidney Support Network (KSN) provides a highly successful Art Loan program.

This service involves displaying a range of diverse and interesting local art in renal units across Queensland that help promote an atmosphere of enjoyment and connection. The service was initially established to enhance a patient’s experience during dialysis. However, it not only benefits the patient’s lifestyle, but also helps support local artists by providing employment opportunities through increasing exposure of their work. Many of these artists are of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island origin.

The art loan concept was originally launched and trialled in 2011 in Brisbane. Proving a big hit with patients and hospital staff, the art displays can now be experienced throughout a wide number of renal units including Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital, North Lakes Hospital and Prince Charles Hospital.

The Art Loan Program is not exclusively limited to renal units. The service is also available for other support areas such as community health centres, hospital foyers, medical wards and career support centres.  Our aim is to keep the displays fresh and inspiring and we do this by having a base collection in Brisbane that has new editions added to it regularly.  Those that desire to take part in the loan program can choose up to three paintings at a time to loan. These are then delivered and displayed for a three month period, after which a new painting choice can be made.

If you are interested in this program please contact us on 07 3855 9781 or our free call number 1800 358 797.

Contact Details

Exact Location for Loan Artwork

Period of Loan Time

Catalogue Order

Limit of 3 paintings for loan at one time

As your first choice may be unavailable, please choose up to 8 paintings, in order of preference. Use the names of the painting as in catalogue. Check that the size of the selected paintings are suitable for the location and that suitable hooks or hanging clips are available.

Declaration

I understand that the paintings are, and will remain the property of Kidney Support Network.

  • Platypus

    ArtistMundara
    MediaFramed Acrylic
    Size37cm x 49cm (Small)
    AvailabilityCurrently on loan
  • Rainforest Frog

    ArtistPati
    MediaFramed Acrylic
    Size35cm x 47cm (Medium)
    AvailabilityCurrently on loan
  • Medicine Leaves

    ArtistJeannie Petyarre
    MediaAcrylic on Canvas
    Size91cm x 63cm (Large)
    AvailabilityCurrently on loan
  • Christmas Children

    ArtistMundara
    MediaFramed Acrylic
    Size26cm x 35cm (Small)
    AvailabilityAvailable
  • Box Jellyfish

    ArtistPatty Bertucci
    MediaAcrylic on Canvas
    Size42cm x 29cm (Medium)
    AvailabilityNot Available
  • Thunarr

    ArtistEddie Nona
    MediaFramed Acrylic
    Size62cm x 83cm
    AvailabilityAvailable
  • Sucker Fish

    ArtistEddie Nona
    MediaFramed Acrylic
    Size64.5cm x 84cm
    AvailabilityCurrently on loan
  • Fish Trap

    ArtistEddie Nona
    MediaFramed Charcoal
    Size62cm x 83cm
    AvailabilityNot Available
  • A walk with Grandma

    ArtistRooth Robertson
    MediaAcrylic on Canvas
    Size40cm x 35cm (Medium)
    AvailabilityNot Available
  • Dancing Brolga

    ArtistMundara
    MediaFramed Acrylic
    Size47cm x 35cm (Medium)
    AvailabilityCurrently on loan
  • Bower Bird

    ArtistMundara
    MediaFramed Acrylic
    Size35cm x 47cm (Medium)
    AvailabilityCurrently on loan
  • Kangaroo

    ArtistMundara
    MediaFramed Acrylic
    Size35cm x 47cm (Medium)
    AvailabilityAvailable
  • Rockholes

    ArtistVicky Palurra
    MediaAcrylic on Canvas
    Size92cm x 42.5cm (Large)
    AvailabilityCurrently on loan
  • The Sea

    ArtistRobyn Ngarritjan
    MediaAcrylic on Canvas
    Size76cm x 38cm (Large)
    AvailabilityCurrently on loan
  • Bush Banana and Desert Flowers

    ArtistQueenie Kenny
    MediaAcrylic on Canvas
    Size59cm x 40cm (Medium)
    AvailabilityCurrently on loan
  • Bush Moths

    ArtistMundara
    MediaFramed Acrylic
    Size35cm x 46.5cm (Medium)
    AvailabilityAvailable
  • Turtles

    ArtistMundara
    MediaFramed Acrylic
    Size33.5cm x 45cm (Small)
    AvailabilityNot Available
  • Dolphin

    ArtistCheryl Craig 2010
    MediaAcrylic on Canvas
    Size22.9cm x 30.5cm (Very Small)
    AvailabilityCurrently on loan
  • Fairy Family

    ArtistMilmera
    MediaFramed Acrylic
    Size41.5cm x 30cm (Medium)
    AvailabilityAvailable
  • Seven Sister

    ArtistLyla Hume
    MediaFramed Acrylic
    Size62.5cm x 44cm (Medium)
    AvailabilityCurrently on loan
  • Honey Ants and Witchetty Grubs

    ArtistPengarte
    MediaAcrylic on Linen
    Size30cm x 40cm (Medium)
    AvailabilityNot Available
  • A Place to Rest

    ArtistKatherine Close
    MediaFramed Print
    Size81cm x 62.5cm (Large)
    AvailabilityAvailable
  • Frilly Neck Recharge

    ArtistMuralappi (AKA Jessica Skeen McKinnon)
    MediaFramed Acrylic
    Size32cm x 41cm (Medium)
    AvailabilityCurrently on loan
  • Untitled

    ArtistEddie Nona
    MediaMixed
    Size45cm x 48cm
    AvailabilityAvailable
  • Turtle Dreaming

    ArtistPati 2010
    MediaFramed Acrylic
    Size42cm x 29cm (Medium)
    AvailabilityNot Available
  • Murray Cod

    ArtistCheryl Craig 2010
    MediaAcrylic on Canvas
    Size20cm x 25cm (Very Small)
    AvailabilityNot Available
  • Thuli (Goanna)

    ArtistMundara
    MediaFramed Acrylic
    Size26cm x 35cm (Small)
    AvailabilityCurrently on loan
  • Butterflies

    ArtistMundara
    MediaFramed Acrylic
    Size24.5cm x 38.5cm (Small)
    AvailabilityCurrently on loan
  • Masig Hero

    ArtistJames Billy
    MediaSilkcut on Paper
    Size52cm x 52 cm
    AvailabilityCurrently on loan
  • Naga Going to Naghi

    ArtistJames Billy
    MediaSilkcut on Paper
    Size52cm x 52 cm
    AvailabilityCurrently on loan
  • Kulkalaig Mask

    ArtistJames Billy
    MediaSilkcut on Paper
    Size52cm x 52 cm
    AvailabilityCurrently on loan
  • Kulkalaig Head-dress

    ArtistJames Billy
    MediaSilkcut on Paper
    Size52cm x 52 cm
    AvailabilityCurrently on loan
  • Sugar Gliders

    ArtistPati Bertucci
    MediaFramed Acrylic
    Size42cm x 29cm (Medium)
    AvailabilityCurrently on loan
  • Brolga

    ArtistColin Wightman
    MediaAcrylic on Canvas
    Size30cm x 25cm (Small)
    AvailabilityAvailable
  • Mullijin 02

    ArtistMelissa Chanerchill
    MediaFramed Acrylic
    Size35cm x 43cm (Small)
    AvailabilityNot Available
  • Bush Medicine Leaves Flowering

    ArtistLouise Numina
    MediaAcrylic on Canvas
    Size77cm x 59cm (Large)
    AvailabilityCurrently on loan
  • Healing Leaves

    ArtistRosemary Petyarre
    MediaAcrylic on Canvas
    Size90cm x 57cm (Large)
    AvailabilityCurrently on loan
  • Girl Waiting

    ArtistRooth Robertson
    MediaAcrylic on Canvas
    Size39cm x 26cm (Medium)
    AvailabilityCurrently on loan
  • Goanna Family

    ArtistMundara
    MediaFramed Acrylic
    Size35cm x 46.5cm (Medium)
    AvailabilityCurrently on loan
  • Caterpillar Dreaming

    ArtistLinda Smith Penangka
    MediaAcrylic on Canvas
    Size40cm x 40cm (Small)
    AvailabilityNot Available
  • Medicine Flowers

    ArtistAni – Bundjalung People
    MediaAcrylic on Canvas
    Size54.6cm x 127cm (Large)
    AvailabilityNot Available
  • Wildflowers

    ArtistJeanie Petyarre
    MediaAcrylic on Canvas
    Size58cm x 82cm (Large)
    AvailabilityNot Available