Kidney Disease

dialysis bus

An alarming and growing number of Anangu need regular dialysis treatment in order to stay alive.

A lack of community-based treatment means dialysis patients must relocate permanently to Adelaide or regional centres like Alice Springs and Port Augusta.

The Paper Tracker monitors efforts to deliver dialysis on Anangu lands. We also track programs and activities aimed at slowing the spread of kidney disease in Anangu communities.


Community-based dialysis is on the horizon – can we make it a reality?

On Thursday 30th July, the Federal Assistant Minister for Health, Fiona Nash, announced funding for Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation (also known as The Purple House) to continue the delivery of dialysis... read on

Sarah Brown talks about community-based dialysis

This week’s Paper Tracker interview is with Sarah Brown the Chief Executive Officer of Western Desert Dialysis Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku, also known as ‘The Purple House’ in Alice Springs. Sarah talks about how Western Desert... read on

Program 192: Sarah Brown on Community-based Dialysis

This week’s radio program includes an interview with Sarah Brown from Western Desert Dialysis Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku. Sarah highlights the huge positive difference it makes when people with renal disease are able to stay home in community with their family... read on

Eddie Hughes – Update on key APY issues

This week’s interview is with Mr Eddie Hughes, the Member for the Giles Electorate, which includes the APY Lands. Mr Hughes shares his views about his recent trip to the APY Lands and the critical... read on

Program 184: Eddie Hughes – Update on APY issues

This program includes an interview with Mr Eddie Hughes, the Member for the Giles Electorate, which includes the APY Lands. He shares his views about his recent trip to the APY Lands and the critical issues facing Anangu... read on

Ernst and Young Report on Western Desert Dialysis

Ernst and Young’s report released 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... read on

New government’s dialysis commitment

In the run-up to the recent election, the Coalition promised to resolve the ongoing renal crisis facing remote Anangu communities. This could include reaching an agreement with the SA Government for community-based dialysis in Pukatja... read on

Third interview with Sarah Brown

In this interview, Sarah Brown discusses the Federal Government’s offer to cover the cost of building a permanent dialysis facility in Pukatja... read on

Further delays for SA’s mobile dialysis bus

Last September, the State Government expected to have its own mobile dialysis bus up and running in early 2013. That timeframe has now slipped by 12 months... read on

Interview with Colleen Rosas

Colleen Rosas is the Director of the Northern Territory Aboriginal Interpreter Service. In this interview, she talks about a push to improve interpreting services on the APY and Ngaanyatjarra Lands... read on

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