Providing dialysis in the most remote parts of Australia

Purple House is an innovative Indigenous-owned and run health service operating from its base in Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. 

Remote Indigenous people in Central Australia are up to 30 times more likely to suffer from kidney disease. Families must move off their country and come to Alice Springs or Darwin for dialysis treatment. Communities are left without elder leadership, families are broken and culture is weakened. Patients suffer from isolation and depression, restricted by a dialysis machine for their foreseeable future.

Purple House is a home away from home for these Indigenous dialysis patients. Now operating 14 remote clinics and a mobile dialysis unit called the Purple Truck, Purple House is  getting patients back home so that families and culture can remain strong.


Every week is Kidney Health Week at the Purple House!!

Today we are very excited to share a report written by Paul Memmott, Cathy Keys and Jessica Kane from the Indigenous Design Place, Aboriginal Environments Research Centre at the School of Architecture, University of Queensland. What interesting fresh eyes on what we...

Name A Chicken Fundraiser

BIG NEWS! Announcing our “Name A Chicken” Fundraiser Purple House have finally got the opportunity to set up dialysis services in the remote central Australian desert communities of Docker River, Papunya & Mt Liebig. This means our remote dialysis services are...

We Need Your Help!

Help us get back people home to Papunya, Docker River & Mt Liebig for dialysis treatment! Western Desert Dialysis have been provided with a long awaited opportunity to initiate dialysis services in the remote Central Australian communities of Docker River, Papunya &...

Congratulations to our fabulous CEO – ‘HESTA Australia’s Nurse of the Year 2017’

  Check out the great HESTA Awards video above and news story below...

Good-bye and goodluck Morgan!

Today we fare-welled Morgan our Business Manager of three years who is heading back to Canberra. Of course we did it Purple House style with a BBQ, a mini Morgan scarecrow (to soften the blow) and a gorgeous painting (by Papunya Tula artist and WDNWPT director Marlene...

Gift boxes – wrapped and ready

The Wellbeing team has been busy, busy, busy getting these gorgeous gift boxes ready to send away. These beauties are stocked by Oxfam stores Australia wide and include a moisturiser, lip balm, bush balm and soap - all hand made and packed at the Purple House in Alice...

Indigenous Governance Award winners!

Western Desert Dialysis are very excited to be winners of the 2016 Indigenous Governance Award Category A (incorporated organisations). The announcement was made at the awards dinner on Thursday 24th November in Sydney with director Marlene Spencer and CEO Sarah Brown...

Back from Wanarn!

The Purple Truck is back in Alice Springs after spending 2 months in Wanarn while we set up our new permanent dialysis unit. We now have permanent dialysis in 9 remote communities throughout the NT and over into WA. The Truck will receive some TLC in town (and a good...

Check out the latest newsletter from Western Desert Dialysis…

There is a new newsletter available from Western Desert Dialysis - you can read it here.


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...

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...

The Purple House Story


Bush Balms

Indigenous Australians have used native plants to treat common ailments and illnesses for thousands of years. This traditional knowledge has been used to develop a new range of Bush Balm rubs, moisturisers, soaps and lip balms with plants lovingly collected from Aboriginal lands in the Western Desert and the Alice Springs region of Central Australia.


Purple House exists because of the support of people like you!
As we are a registered charity, donations over $2 are tax deductible.
Your donations helps us get more people well and back home on country.

Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation

69 Flynn Drive, PO Box 5060, Alice Springs, NT, 0871

Phone: (08) 8953 6444
Fax: (08) 8953 6222

ABN: 94 755 012 884
ICN: 4236