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Western desert kidney health project



This $7 million project was launched on 7 October 2010 in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia (WA), and is a partnership between the Rural Clinical School of WA, Wongutha Birni Aboriginal Corporation, the Goldfields Esperance GP Network, and Kalgoorlie Bega Garnbirringu Health Services.

It involves a multidisciplinary team of Aboriginal health, medical and community development workers and artists, whose aim is to reduce kidney disease and diabetes by 20% over three years in 10 Aboriginal communities representing six language groups.

Two three-tonne 'healthy lifestyle' trucks are used for this project. One is a mobile clinic used for early detection of disease and chronic disease management, health promotion and evaluation. The other transports artists and healthy lifestyle workers who educate communities about kidney health.

This project will be implemented for a period of three years as part of the measures for Closing the gap in Indigenous health outcomes.

Abstract adapted from Western desert kidney health project


Rural Clinical School Of Western Australia
PO Box 1654
Kalgoorlie WA 6433
Ph: (08) 9022 5666
Fax: (08) 9021 4366

Wongutha Birni Aboriginal Corporation
PO Box 561
Kalgoorlie WA 6430

Goldfields Esperance GP Network
49 Brookman Street
PO Box 4575
Kalgoorlie WA 6430
Ph: (08) 9080 0400
Fax: (08) 9021 6641

Bega Garnbirringu Health Service
16-18 MacDonald Street
PO Box 1655
Kalgoorlie WA 6430
Ph: (08) 9022 5500
Fax: (08) 9091 1039

Related publications

Jeffries-Stokes C, Stokes A, McDonald L (2015)

Pulkurlkpa: the joy of research in Aboriginal communities.

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health; 51(11): 1054-1059


Last updated: 17 November 2015
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