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This pilot project is being undertaken by the Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation (WDNWPT). The project is being developed as a direct response to the problem of the dislocation of senior Yanangu community members, who are relocated to Alice Springs for life-long dialysis treatment after being diagnosed with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). The removal of community elders has a significant impact on their community and culture, as well as personal ramifications felt by the patient and their family.
The project's aim is to demonstrate the robustness and effectiveness of a program delivering renal dialysis treatment to ESRD patients in communities in Central Australia. Its further objective is to attract sustained, recurrent funding to ensure that patients can continue to be treated within their communities. The project has the following key elements:
Medicines Australia has contributed $360,000 to this project. It is conducted in partnership with the Northern Territory Government and Fresenius Medical Care Australia, who are providing the dialysis equipment and consumables required for treatment.
Abstract adapted from Medicines Australia
Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation
PO Box 5060
Alice Springs NT 0871
Ph: (08) 8953 6444