Anangu dialysis patients and 2013 community visits

Posted on 20 February 2013 under Kidney Disease.
Tags: data and evidence, dialysis & health
Six dialysis patients in Pukatja, October 2011

Six dialysis patients in Pukatja, October 2011

Currently, 29 Anangu from Yalata, Oak Valley and APY communities require regular dialysis treatment in order to stay alive.1

Of the 21 patients from APY communities:

  • twelve receive their treatment in the Northern Territory,
  • six in Adelaide, and
  • three in Port Augusta.

The remaining eight patients from Yalata and Oak Valley all receive their treatment in Adelaide.

Last September, the South Australian Government announced that it had secured Federal funding to purchase a mobile dialysis bus.2

The bus will make it possible for Anangu and other dialysis patients from remote areas to be treated in their home communities for short periods of time.

The SA Government originally hoped to have the mobile dialysis bus up and running “in early 2013″. This timeframe has now been extended until “the second half” of the year.3

In the meantime, SA Health will borrow the Northern Territory Renal Dialysis Bus as a way to enable home visits for SA Anangu patients.

On 12 February 2013, SA Health advised the Paper Tracker that the Northern Territory Bus would visit Yalata and Coober Pedy in March and make four visits to the APY Lands between April and June.4

References

  1. Swan, D (SA Health). 12 February 2013. Letter to Rev. P. McDonald/Paper Tracker.
  2. Hill, J. 13 September 2012. “New Mobile Dialysis Bus for South Australia,” Government of South Australia, media release.
  3. Hill, J. 13 September 2012. “New Mobile Dialysis Bus for South Australia,” Government of South Australia, media release; Swan, D (SA Health). 12 February 2013. Letter to Rev. P. McDonald/Paper Tracker.
  4. Swan, D (SA Health). 12 February 2013. Letter to Rev. P. McDonald/Paper Tracker.
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