This week’s interview is about community-base dialysis and we talk with Sarah Brown, the Chief Executive Officer of Western Desert Dialysis Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku, and Philip Price who is helping Western Desert Dialysis to raise funds for the running costs of the Ernabella/Pukatja Dialysis Centre.
They talk about the importance of people being able to stay at home in their community if they are sick with kidney disease. Sarah outlines the benefits for communities but also for government when people are able to access dialysis in their community. The Purple House provides dialysis in 11 remote communities and operates 24 dialysis machines.
Using money from the Commonwealth Government, there are plans to build a dialysis centre in Ernabella/Pukatja. The Purple House, NPY Women’s Council and Ernabella Arts are working together with the community to raise money to run the dialysis centre for the first 12 months after it has been built. Phil Price is helping to fundraise this money and he tells us about the fundraising launch that is being planned for 22nd June in Ernabella/Pukatja. They are needing to raise $250,000 and everyone is encouraged to donate or support this important initiative in any way they can – whether by telling your story, donating your time or money, or letting people know about the importance of community-based dialysis.
If you’d like to know more or would like to help in some way, please contact The Purple House by phoning (08) 8953 6444 or visit their website at https://www.westerndesertdialysis.com/ and click on the link to donations.