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The Wellbeing Project



The Wellbeing Project helps Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who travel away from their community to undergo dialysis for chronic kidney disease, to maintain a connection to their country, culture, family and traditional healing practices.

Patients are able to embrace their culture and reduce the sense of dislocation through social enterprise projects such as making traditional bush balms and soaps, or providing a catering service that uses traditional ingredients.

The program engages the expertise of patients, and utilises the knowledge of elders to train younger people in traditional medicines so that cultural knowledge and skills are kept alive and passed on to future generations. The younger trainees also learn skills in business management and promotion.

This project is run by The Purple House at the Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku (Making all our families well) Aboriginal Corporation in Alice Springs, which provides dialysis and accommodation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients with chronic kidney disease.

The project is in partnership with Caritas Australia.

Abstract adapted from Caritas Australia


Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku
69 Flynn Drive
PO Box 5060
Alice Springs NT 0871
Ph: (08) 8953 6444


Last updated: 21 June 2016
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