Dialysis bus visits Yalata

Posted on 29 April 2013 under Kidney Disease, Oak Valley & Yalata.
Tags: cross-border & dialysis
the NT mobile dialysis bus

the NT mobile dialysis bus

The Kakarrara Wilurrara Health Alliance was established in 2010 to strengthen the delivery of health services to three Anangu communities: Yalata, Oak Valley and Tjuntjuntjara.

In August 2012, the Alliance convened a “Renal Business Day” in Adelaide to consider the best way to support dialysis patients and their families, many of whom had moved to Adelaide because dialysis is not available in their home community.1

On that day, participants agreed to try to arrange for the Northern Territory Government’s mobile dialysis bus to visit Yalata.2 A visit from the bus – which is equipped with two dialysis chairs – would make it possible for patients to receive treatment in their home community for a fixed period of time.

The mobile dialysis bus first visited Yalata in March 2012.3

This visit made it possible for “eight people who would normally have their dialysis in Adelaide … to come back to their communities for 10 days.”4

A brief account of the visit continues:

There were two dialysis shifts each day … performed by renal trained Registered Nurses. They did more dialysis than the NT bus had ever done before in one visit, dialyzing 22 times!!!!

The school organized tours of the bus for the children and the community saw first-hand what happens in chronic renal failure. Such health promotion will hopefully make people more aware of the life-style risks for renal failure….

The community and patients were extremely grateful to everyone who assisted with this fantastic effort and look forward to it happening again.

References

  1. Kakarrara Wilurrara Health Alliance. 2012, “Renal Business Day, Aug 17th 2012”, unpublished record of meeting, pages 3 to 5.
  2. Kakarrara Wilurrara Health Alliance. 2012, “Renal Business Day, Aug 17th 2012”, unpublished record of meeting, pages 21-22.
  3. The bus visited Yalata from 7 to 15 March 2013 (Benson, J. 26 March 2013. Email to J. Nicholls/Paper Tracker and attachment (“Renal dialysis bus in Yalata”).
  4. The bus visited Yalata from 7 to 15 March 2013 (Benson, J. 26 March 2013. Email to J. Nicholls/Paper Tracker and attachment (“Renal dialysis bus in Yalata”).
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