A report produced by Ernst and Young (EY) in February 2014 – Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation: Service Delivery Model – advocates for the ‘hub and spoke’ model for the provision of dialysis services in remote Aboriginal communities, more so when it is complemented by a range of culturally appropriate social support arrangements and treatment options.
Illustrating this approach, the EY Report documents the service delivery model of Western Desert Dialysis – and recognises that people need to be able to stay on country in order to look after and be looked after by their families. The model and services provided by Western Dialysis provide evidence of the feasibility and cost effective outcomes of providing such community-based dialysis services. The report indicates that the provision of a permanent facility would be more cost effective than the current arrangements where Anangu relocate to Alice Springs or Adelaide and are reliant on additional accommodation and other support services that would not be needed if they were able to stay at home.
Click here to download a copy of the full report WDNWPT Service Delivery Model Final Report 20140206_2