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We’re celebrating 20 years since Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation was incorporated (our proper name!) AND a new plan to guide the next four years. It reflects the priorities of our Pintupi bosses and holds closely their vision to ‘make all our families well’.
For three days, elders reconnected with important places and showed this country to their young people for the first time. They mapped songlines and walking tracks, recorded knowledge for future generations and groundtruthed 4 new rockholes south of Nyirla.
Since the establishment of Purple House, survival rates on dialysis in Central Australia have gone from the worst in the country to the best. This story shows how Western medicine and traditional practices can be used together to help Indigenous patients live the best life possible and maintain important connections to culture.
Purple House provides 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. Now operating 18 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.
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.
Bush Balm products are made from wild harvested plants from Central Australia. Developed by people with an unbroken tradition of Indigenous intellectual and cultural knowledge, Bush Balms are truly made from the heart, offering Indigenous employment opportunities and no cost bush medicine for our patients.
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.