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.


Interview with Andrew Laming MP

Andrew Laming MP is the Coalition spokesperson for Indigenous health. In this role, he has spoken out strongly on the need for State, Territory and Federal Governments to get serious about the problem of kidney... read on

Funding for dialysis in Pukatja

The Australian Government is offering to cover the cost of establishing a dialysis facility on the APY Lands. But there’s a problem... read on

Interview with Stuart McMillan

Stuart McMillan is the Moderator of the Uniting Church’s Northern Synod. The Northern Synod takes in all of the Northern Territory, the Kimberley region in Western Australia and all of the APY Lands. In this interview, Stuart... read on

Interview with Kinyin McKenzie

Kinyin McKenzie is an Anangu man with end stage renal disease. Kinyin comes from Pukatja (Ernabella) but lives in Alice Springs because there are no dialysis facilities on the APY Lands. For many years, Kinyin... read on

Dialysis bus visits Yalata

Last month, a mobile dialysis bus made it possible for eight Anangu patients to spend more than a week in their home communities... read on

$13M renal accommodation project falls over

In mid 2011, the Australian Government said it would spend $13 million building accommodation in Alice Springs and Tennant Creek for dialysis patients and their families... read on

Anangu dialysis patients and 2013 community visits

Currently, 29 Anangu from Yalata, Oak Valley and APY communities require regular dialysis treatment in order to stay alive. Fourteen of these patients receive their treatment in Adelaide... read on

Second Interview with Sarah Brown

Sarah Brown work for Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku. This is an organisation Pintupi and Luritja people set up more than 10 years ago to help people get dialysis  in their home communities or,... read on

Central Australia Renal Study: the hub-and-spoke model

The final report of the Central Australia Renal Study was released on 27 June 2011. Its “primary recommendation” called for the delivery of renal services in the cross-border region of Central Australia to be built around a hub-and-spoke model with Alice Springs as the main hub, and remote Aboriginal communities as the spokes... read on

APY Lands: mobile dialysis bus

Since August 2010, the Northern Territory Government has run a mobile dialysis bus service out of Alice Springs. The service enables Aboriginal dialysis patients to return to their home communities for short visits... read on

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