The Queensland Health Kidney Services Framework

The Collaborative has prioritised foundational activities to support a consistent statewide approach to deliver high value specialist kidney services. One of these foundations is The Queensland Health framework for delivering quality care to people with kidney disease (the Framework). This Framework describes the care patients should have access to regardless of where they live in Queensland and was endorsed in August 2019.

This Framework contains seven chapters as listed below, each with four sections: quality statements, quality measures, patient pathways and resource profiles.

  1. Chronic kidney disease
  2. Vascular access (haemodialysis)
  3. Haemodialysis
  4. Peritoneal dialysis
  5. Kidney transplant
  6. Kidney supportive care
  7. Acute kidney injury.

The pathways and resources outlined in each chapter describe standard expectations of care delivery in public health kidney services. It is acknowledged they do not describe the clinical variation for each individual patient and are designed to allow for clinical discretion and decision-making in the treatment of individual patients.

View key elements of The Framework.


The Framework was created by seven clinical working groups. Membership of the working groups included kidney specialists, nurses, consumers, general practitioners, allied health professionals and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers from across Queensland. A senior Queensland Health kidney specialist led each working group.

The Framework may be used by clinicians, kidney services, Hospital and Health Services and the Department of Health to support patient-centred planning for the delivery of consistent, high quality kidney care.

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Last updated: 2 March 2021