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A mobile dialysis bus, which usually operates throughout Central Australia delivering dialysis services, will also visit Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in South Australia (SA) in late 2012.
The mobile dialysis bus is part of the Northern Territory (NT) renal access program, and provides services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who require renal dialysis when returning to, or visiting, remote communities in the NT.
The bus is on loan to Country Health SA (CHSA), which has five visits planned to the APY Lands over the next six months. Adjunct Professor Belinda Moyes, Chief Executive Officer of CHSA, said the mobile dialysis service meant fewer people would be required to travel away from the APY Lands to receive their treatment:
'Last year Country Health SA conducted a successful trial of the mobile dialysis service, treating 11 people over two visits to APY Lands. Based on this success we are now pleased to be able to provide five more visits to the APY Lands, ensuring these patients can now receive their treatment closer to their community and support network.'
The first of the five planned visits will take place at Amata, with up to six patients expected to be treated. Another four visits will occur throughout the rest of the year, at various locations across the APY Lands.
Planned mobile dialysis visits to the APY Lands:
Source: South Australia Health
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