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 the Federal Minister for Indigenous Health (Hon Warren Snowdon MP)

Warren Snowdon is the Australian Government’s Minister for Indigenous Health. In 2010, he commissioned research into the delivery of renal services in Central Australia, with the final report being released in June 2011. In this... read on

Interview with Sarah Brown

Sarah Brown manages the Western Desert Dialysis project, an organisation focused on addressing the dialysis needs of Pintupi people in the Northern Territory and Western Australia. In this interview, Sarah talks about the benefits and... read on

APY Lands: dialysis forum in Umuwa

On 29 September 2010, the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council held a Cross Border Renal Dialysis Forum in Umuwa to “discuss the current renal dialysis crisis in Central Australia.” Around 200 people attended the event... read on

APY Lands: investigation of dialysis options

On 7 May 2010, the Australian Government announced a “joint study” into the delivery of kidney disease treatments to people from remote Aboriginal communities. The study – which focused on Central Australian communities – was carried out by the George Institute for Global Health... read on

Access to dialysis: Anangu speak out

For many years, Anangu have been asking governments to establish dialysis services on the APY Lands. These requests became more urgent in early 2009 when the Northern Territory Government decided it would no longer let people from the APY Lands relocate to Alice Springs for renal dialysis... read on

APY Lands: accessing renal dialysis in Central Australia

Chronic renal disease affects a significant number of Anangu. In early 2009, the Northern Territory Government decided that it would no longer let people from the APY Lands relocate to Alice Springs for renal dialysis... read on

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