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

The research component of the project was be implemented for a period of three years as part of the measures for 'closing the gap' in Indigenous health outcomes. The project is now a partnership between the people of the Western Desert and many delivery, corporate, government and philanthropic partners.

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. The project also plays a role in promoting awareness of the issues affecting each community through advocacy, publication of research findings and media publicity.

Abstract adapted from Western Desert Kidney Health Project


Rural Clinical School Of Western Australia
Kalgoorlie Regional Hospital
St Alban's Road
PO Box 1654
Kalgoorlie WA 6433
Ph: (08) 9022 5666
Fax: (08) 9021 4366

Bega Garnbirringu Health Service
16-18 MacDonald Street
PO Box 1655
Kalgoorlie WA 6430
Ph: (08) 9022 5500
Fax: (08) 9091 1302

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 May 2017
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