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Funding for Dialysis on the APY Lands Announced

31 Jul 2015


Yesterday the Government announced funding for the delivery of dialysis services in remote communities in Central Australia, including services in the APY Lands.
Moderator of the Uniting Church in South Australia, Dr Deidre Palmer has welcomed the announcement.

“We celebrate with the people of remote Aboriginal communities, who will now be able to remain in their home places, while they receive life sustaining treatment for renal disease. The Uniting Church has worked alongside people living in remote communities and other community groups to campaign for this facility over many years.”
Uniting Communities have been a significant advocate for a community-based model of care and have also warmly affirmed the announcement.

Sue Tilley, Manager of Aboriginal Policy and Advocacy from Uniting Communities, Paper Tracker Project commented;
“The Federal Government’s announcement is incredibly exciting and will be celebrated across remote communities and by families who are currently living without their relatives who have been forced to move to city centres in order to access dialysis services.

“Extending the reach of dialysis services and locating these services in communities will mean that people can be home with their families and participate in community and cultural activities – this can only be good for people’s health and wellbeing.”

The funding will be given to Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation (The Purple House) to deliver these expanded services.

Upon making the funding announcement, Senator Fiona Nash commended Purple House on their delivery of services.“There is absolutely no doubt that Purple House and its Chief Executive Sarah Brown do a fantastic job in the delivery of these services. It’s an absolute credit to them – the difference they make in peoples lives out in remote communities.”

Read the full media release from Senator Fiona Nash>

Read the full media release from Uniting Communities>

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