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The Malpa project aims to provide a range of services and education to respond to the significant unmet needs of remote communities afflicted by renal disease and to engage in health promotion to help reverse the current trends.
Malpa is a word widely used across the traditional groups of Central Australia [Pintupi, Arrente, Warlpiri, Pitjantjatjara, Yankuntatjara, Luritja, Anmatyerr, etc]. It means friend or companion. The Malpa project also creates opportunities to develop authentic relationships and understanding between Aboriginal people and other Australians.
Underlying every aspect of Malpa is the desire to develop opportunities for dialysis patients, their carers and other Aboriginal people to be deeply involved in the design and provision of services and to take responsibility not only for their own health needs but those of their communities.
The projects include a Return to country program for dialysis patients otherwise indefinitely stuck in Alice Springs, culturally sensitive patient support programs, health promotion and education activities, and the formation of a patient advocacy group.
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