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 Dialysis was set up, the services it provides and the communities it works in. She lets us know that there is a long history of community-based dialysis being provided in very remote communities – it can and does work!
She highlights the huge positive difference it makes when people with renal disease are able to stay home in community with their family.
In the interview, Sarah said that she was hoping that in the near future, community-based dialysis services would be provided on the APY Lands. A week after this interview was recorded, Western Desert Dialysis was granted funding by the Federal Assistant Minister for Health, the Hon Senator Fiona Nash, to extend the services it provides and for dialysis services to be provided in Ernabella/Pukatja!