Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation (Western Desert Dialysis) is an aboriginal community controlled organisation. Our mission is to improve the lives of people with renal failure, reunite families and reduce the incidence of kidney disease in our communities.

MAURICE NEEDS YOU!

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 with us. And…as an added incentive, we will pay a SPOTTERS FEE of $500 to the person who introduces them to us. We’d rather pay our friends than an agency, so mates…get to it! and pass it on! email us at enquiries@wdnwpt.com.au for more details or give Deb or Morgan a call on (08)... 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 still get your hands on a copy!! If you are in Alice Springs drop in to the Purple House or Papunya Tula Artists, otherwise you can CLICK HERE to order online  (postage is... read more

THE BOOK!

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, IT’S STUNNING! –          There will be copies available for purchase at the Purple House in Alice Springs (we are waiting for them to arrive) –          We are planning a launch in Alice at the end of May –          If you need a copy to be sent to you then you should order it through the University of Western Australia Publishing who are the distributor for the book – http://uwap.uwa.edu.au/products/patrick-tjungurrayi-beyond-borders – There is free postage within Australia. The book is $59.99 and is something quite special, with many of Patrick’s beautiful paintings, lots of photos and the story of this very significant man.  ... 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 who have heard our story. PLEASE like THE PURPLE TRUCK facebook page to get news every day on what we are up... 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 Australia. This report was conducted by EY as part of their pro bono commitment to partnering with Indigenous communities and organisations. WDNWPT is a community controlled health service providing dialysis services in five remote communities, from our Purple Truck and in Alice Springs. Jim Birch AM, Government and Public Sector Lead for EY commented: This Service Delivery Model report documents the unique combination of services and approach to patient care and community engagement that has allowed for significant success particularly in terms of patient participation.  In summary, the report highlights a series of benefits from the Western Desert Dialysis model of care including; •        Expenditure indicating cost effectiveness •        Higher patient participation rates •        Better clinical outcomes •        High levels of clinical safety. Further the EY team highlight that: By supporting people to remain on country, there is a greater prospect of children accessing education, adults contributing economically and communities remaining safe and stable.’ Sarah Brown (CEO of WDNWPT) said We have known for a long time that there are huge benefits to individuals, families and whole communities from helping people to remain on country for dialysis treatment. This report articulates this. Often when talking about the need for more dialysis out bush, communities have been fobbed off with a response of ‘It’s too expensive’. This shows that this is just not true! Western Desert Dialysis thanks EY... 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 Christmas cheer – you can read it here. You can also sign up to our mailing list and get our newsletters direct to your... 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 Kiwirrkurra. The big bit is done…. we have a house (the community’s old clinic kindly renovated for us by Woden Rotary from Canberra). Now we just need to furnish it to make it a home! We are looking for donations of the following items to help us get the nurses house sorted – if you can help please let us know! You can email us at enquiries@wdnwpt.com.au, give us a call on 8953 6444 or drop by and see us at 69 Flynn Drive, Alice Springs. Furniture – Washing Machine – Microwave – Bathroom Mirror – Round Dining Table – Double Beds x 2 – Side tables – Lounge Chairs – TV & DVD Player – TV Cabinet – Stereo Linen – Bedding (Sheets, Doona Covers, Doona’s, Pillows) – Towels – Tea Towels – Cushions Kitchenware – Saucepans & Frypan – Bowls and plates – Containers – Colander – Cutlery – Cups and mugs – Chopping boards – Tongs, wooden spoons, spatulas etc – Kettle – Toaster Other: – Fire Extinguisher and Fire Blanket – Clothes Line... read more

WANT TO JOIN OUR SOCIAL SUPPORT TEAM?

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. Please contact Stacey Henery at the Purple House for more details on 89536444 or email enquiries@wdnwpt.com.au APPLICATIONS CLOSE 11 th September 2013  ... 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 to take home a tub of the Bush Balm that you have made. We will have a stall also so please stop by and say g’day. Check out the rest of the awesome EcoFair 2013 program... read more
Earth Pizza Oven Workshop at the Purple House – 29th August and 5th September 3-6pm

Earth Pizza Oven Workshop at the Purple House – 29th August and 5th September 3-6pm

The second in the Purple House Garden project workshops series is coming up next month on Thursday 29th August & Thursday 5th September 3 to 6pm. The ‘Learn how to Build your own Earth Pizza Oven’ workshop, run over two evenings at the Purple House at 69 Flynn Drive, will give you the opportunity to learn how to make an earth pizza oven using local and recycled materials by getting hands on and building the Purple House community oven. $30 per person covers materials and attendance for both evening so get in early and call Kim on 0423 397 235 – See you... 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 – enabling Patrick and other patients from Kiwirrkurra to get back home. Funds will be used to purchase dialysis machines, dialysis chairs and water treatment. Can you help? Please visit http://www.givenow.com.au/helppatrick to donate – you can also contact the Purple House on 08 8953 6444 or... read more

HELP US GET PATRICK HOME!

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! Ring Sarah on 0448685610 or Kara at the Purple House on (08) 89536444 or email us on... read more
PURPLE HOUSE MURAL

PURPLE HOUSE MURAL

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 Truck, but also a camel, kangaroo, emu, bush turkey, rocket powered dialysis patient in a wheelchair, Aboriginal flag and map of the region. What fun! Thanks to all involved!... read more
NEWS from the Purple House

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 an invitation for the official opening once we get our ducks in a line! THANKS to everyone following our progress on our website…we welcome suggestions, comments and offers of... 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 YOU Charlie for your generosity and determination! At last look Charlie had raised $1700 for... read more

Quality

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 culturally safe organisation providing the very best dialysis, nursing, allied health and social support. In 2013 we are going through an accreditation process which will provide us with an opportunity to review our systems and improve our facilities.  Renovations to the Purple House were completed in early March 2012. It has given us more room, great disabled access and a much improved physical environment for us all. This winter we’ll sort out the garden!  ... 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 building next to the clinic. (click here to see BEFORE photos) With help philanthropic support from Suters Architects in Newcastle who redesigned and reengineered the building for us,  sustained and significant  efforts of Woden Rotary and a small grant from the Commonwealth Government for building materials.  we now have a substantial building in Kintore with room for four dialysis machines, community kitchen and three bedroom house. The building opened in November  2010. The aim is for the building to be a real community asset and to provide the venue for health promotion activities as well as dialysis. Woden Rotary sent work teams to Kintore over a number of years and with the help of some fantastic Indigenous Community Volunteers an enormous push enabled us to open for dialysis. Landscaping work will be completed by the Belconnan Rotary club in the new year. We have collected local seeds and bush medicine plants which are being propagated for us by our friends at the Desert Park in Alice Springs. Stay tuned for the date of our official opening sometime in 2011.  ... read more
Ntaria (Hermannsburg) Dialysis

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 Ntaria, Wallace Rock Hole and Areyonga (Utju) a chance to dialyse closer to home. We thank the WAHAC board and staff for their help to make this happen and the Commonwealth and Northern Territory governments for providing the resources and infrastructure necessary.... read more
Tanami Regional Dialysis

Tanami Regional Dialysis

The existence of the Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation’s (WDNWPT) Kintore renal facility is well known to renal dialysis patients and their families across Central Australia. The success of this model is something that other remote communities are keen to understand in order to explore options for renal dialysis services for their own community members. To this end the Kurra Aboriginal Corporation agreed in early 2007, to set aside $30,000 so the Central Land Council could appoint a consultant to conduct a feasibility study on the provision of dialysis support services for Warlpiri patients from Lajamanu and Yuendumu. WDNWPT was appointed to carry out the study drawing on its relevant expertise and experience. The feasibility study required that WDNWPT form a ‘kidney committee’ of patients and key community members and, with the help of this committee, provide information to patients and community members about current services provided by the Alice Springs Renal Dialysis Unit and WDNWPT, listen to their ideas and priorities with regard to dialysis services, consult government and non-government agencies and then develop dialysis support options and provide costings for those options.  The consultants with the kidney committee presented the feasibility study to the Kurra Aboriginal Corporation in March, 2008. We quickly realised that we could not just do a feasibility study, people needed help NOW and so we undertook to set up some social support for the Warlpiri mob. Warlukurlunga Artists donated some money to provide support in Alice and for some short trips home to country. At the Kurra meeting in March 2008, Kurra asked WDNWPT to auspice the development of Tanami... read more

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