We are Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation, also known as Western Desert Dialysis. Our mission is to improve the lives of people with renal failure, reunite families and reduce the incidence of kidney disease in our communities. We are run by Aboriginal people for Aboriginal people and work to provide culturally appropriate dialysis services in remote communities, helping people to get home to country and family.

We are a registered charity with Deductible Gift Recipient Status (DGR) and welcome offers of help, support and enquiries from people wanting to know more about our work.



You might have heard our good news? The Commonwealth government is giving us some money to build some more dialysis centres in remote communities. We are all so excited! In preparation we are on the look out for some new dialysis nurses who would like to come and work... read more

Come to the Book Launch

Come join us to launch this special book ‘Patrick Tjungurrayi: Beyond Borders’. Saturday 30th May at 10.30am. The launch will take place at Papunya Tula Artists, Todd Mall, Alice Springs. Books will be available for purchase at the event. If you cannot join us you can... read more


Last week the Business Council of Australia helped us launch the Purple House fund and the book Patrick Tjungurrayi: Beyond Borders which will raise funds to get people home on dialysis. A few people have had questions about how to get a copy  and who can blame you,... read more

Beautiful and Busy!

      We have been out and about, at the National Museum of Australia for the launch of the PURPLE HOUSE collection and in Melbourne for the launch of our book about Patrick and our fund. Lots of positive media and goodwill from people across Australia... read more

Kiwirrkurra Dialysis and Woden Rotary

We are SOOOO close to having permanent dialysis in Kiwirrkurra…700kms west of Alice Springs. The nurse’s house is finished, the dialysis machines are there,the equipment is on its way…the dialysis chairs are PURPLE!!!

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Media Release – Making all our families well

On the eve of the Prime Minister’s ‘Closing the Gap’ report to Parliament, Western Desert Dialysis (Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation ) is proud to release a report into the Service Delivery Model of remote dialysis in Central... read more
Read our latest newsletter

Read our latest newsletter

Our latest newsletter is now available with updates, photos and stories of what is going on at Western Desert Dialysis. This issue includes the opening of the Warburton Dialysis Service, awards for the Purple Truck and the Wellbeing Social Enterprise and some... read more
Can you help make our nurses house in Kiwirrkurra a home??

Can you help make our nurses house in Kiwirrkurra a home??

WDNWPT are working to get dialysis up and running in Kiwirrkurra (you can donate to help us via this link: http://www.givenow.com.au/helppatrick). There is no government funding for this project… We also need to provide accommodation for our dialysis nurses in... read more


We are currently looking for a social support worker to join our fantastic team in Alice. You will be compassionate, respectful and full of fun. You will be able to work an occasional Saturday and keen to work for an Aboriginal Community Controlled organisation.... read more
Bush Balm Workshop at EcoFair this Sunday

Bush Balm Workshop at EcoFair this Sunday

As part of EcoFair 2013 Western Desert are running a Bush Balm Making Workshop! You’ll find us on Sunday 11th August under the gazebo at Olive Pink Botanical Gardens – you can book on the day and the workshop kicks off at 11.30am. Cost is $15 and you get... read more

Donate for dialysis in Kiwirrkurra and get Patrick home!!

WDNWPT are raising funds to get dialysis running in Kiwirrkurra so we can get Patrick Tjungarryi home to Ngurra (country) and Walytja (family)! Money raised will support the WDNWPT to establish permanent dialysis Kiwirrkurra WA – 700kms west of Alice Springs... read more


We are about to launch a campaign to raise money to get dialysis to Kiwirrkurra, 700 kms west of Alice in WA. If you have got any great fundraising ideas, can help in some way, and want to help us get Patrick Tjungarryi back to country and family, PLEASE let us know!... read more


The main wall of the Purple House is now sporting a beautiful new mural thanks to the organisational skills of Christy and the artistic skills of Callan…pictured below with Sam Nelson. Contents of the mural came from the patients. It features not only the Purple... read more

NEWS from the Purple House

April   2012 The Purple House in Alice is finished! Renovations are complete, and we don’t know ourselves!!!We have  new dialysis room, new kitchen, bathroom and laundry and a great, light filled closed in verandah down the length of the building. Look out for... read more
Charlie runs the Boston Marathon!

Charlie runs the Boston Marathon!

Charlie Maher, brother of Phynea, our social support worker recently took part in the Boston Marathon. He ran it for his family and for the Purple House!  Charlie has been training with Robert de Costella and late last year took part in the New York Marathon. THANK... read more


It is a big responsibility, providing health care services for people with End Stage Renal Disease in some of the most remote parts of the country. We (Directors, patients and staff) take this responsibility very seriously and aim for a responsive, high quality and... read more
The Purple House, Kintore

The Purple House, Kintore

When we first started dialysis in Kintore in 2004, Pintupi Homelands Health Service kindly allowed us the use of a small room at the back of the Primary Health Care clinic. This had just room for 1 machine. In 2007 the Kintore Council gifted us a large abandoned... read more

Ntaria (Hermannsburg) Dialysis

In 2008 we started talking to the kind folks at the Western Aranda Health Aboriginal Corporation (WAHAC) about the possibilities of getting some dialysis going in Ntaria (Hermannsburg). In 2010 we opened a 2 chair facility next to the WAHAC office offering people from... read more


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