Chronic kidney disease is a significant health challenge among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities…with more than 1,800 First Nations people are currently receiving dialysis.
Western Desert Dialysis affectionately known as Purple House - provides 70 per cent of Central Australian dialysis services through out the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia…. and now …thanks to a funding injection of 25 million dollars … an expansion of remote renal clinics will allow Aboriginal people suffering from kidney disease to return to country and receive dialysis treatments there.
This new funding for Purple House will allow the completion of clinics in the remote Aboriginal communities of Utopia, Ampilawatja, Kalkarindji and Ernabella, and the expansion of the Lajamanu renal clinic. It will also provide the means to increase the number of remote dialysis machines from 36 to 54 … expanding the remote patient group from 250 to more than 400!!!
CAMMA’s Teghan Hughes sat down with the CEO of Purple House – Sarah Brown – to hear the Purple House story, find out how these funds will help families reconnect, and find out how the Purple House model can be utislised - in conjuction with a new medicare benefit - to help other remote area of Australia dealing with high levels of kidney disease…