Yuendumu

In March 2008, based on the success and positive outcomes of the Kintore dialysis service, the Kurra Aboriginal Corporation funded Western Desert Dialysis to establish a dialysis service in the Tanami Desert community of Yuendumu.

The Tanami Regional Dialysis unit began operating in 2010 and enables Walpiri people from Yuendumu and the nearby communities of Yuelamu, Willowra and Nyirripi to receive dialysis on country. The delivery of services is overseen by the Tanami Regional Dialysis Committee.

In 2014, in a display of the strong community support and ownership of the service, we received further funding through the Yuendumu Land Trust to increase the size and capacity of the unit from two chair to four chairs. This allows more people be at home on dialysis, living with their family and contributing to their community.

The Kurra Aboriginal Corporation continues to support dialysis in Yuendumu and funds two of the three nursing positions as well as other aspects of the project.

In 2019 the Mampu Maninja-kurlangu Aboriginal Corporation, who ran the Yuendumu Old People’s Program (started in 2000), invited the Purple House Board to take on the program. This much loved non-residential aged care program has been revitalised over the past two years, including significant growth in Yapa workers (local Warlpiri community members).