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This project was created after Gelganyem Trust established Aboriginal renal health as an urgent priority, due to the rising number of Aboriginal people developing kidney disease and the lack of essential health services in the East Kimberley. There was no dialysis treatment available without travel away from country, which caused loneliness, distress and isolation for patients.
Gelganyem Trust formed a partnership with Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council and Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service to invest $220,000 to employ an experienced renal health education nurse in this region for 2006-2008. The role of the renal health education nurse is to provide much needed education for kidney disease sufferers, their families and carers, the wider East Kimberley Indigenous population, and health service providers.
This position is now funded by the state government.
Abstract adapted from Gelganyem
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