Just before Christmas 2016, a 68-year-old man received a kidney transplant, one of 1,091 Australians that year.
However, as an Aboriginal Australian, he was one of only six over the age of 65 to receive a kidney transplant in the past 20 years. In fact, he was the second-oldest ever.
Should my patient have received a kidney? Many of my kidney specialist colleagues apparently don’t think so.
Not only have some told me so, but national transplant data shows an Indigenous Australian from a remote or very remote area has only a tenth the chance of a kidney transplant as a non-Indigenous patient from the same region.