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Indigenous dialysis patients return to the Kimberley after the roll-out of renal units

Date posted: 31 October 2013

More than 30 kidney dialysis patients have been able to return home to the Kimberley in Western Australia in recent months, with the roll-out of three new renal units.

Millions of dollars has been spent installing new dialysis machines in Derby, Fitzroy Crossing and Kununurra, allowing 36 people to get treatment closer to home. Previously, patients were either treated in Perth or Broome.

The establishment of the new renal units has not allowed all Kimberley dialysis patients to return to the region for treatment. Although the the new units have the capacity to treat more patients, there is not the funding to administer the treatment. Jenny Cutter who manages the units for the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Service, said she wants the money that has been ear-marked for the 2014 financial year, to expand the service, to be released early so the remaining patients can return to their communities.

Source:  ABC News

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