The WDNWPT Timeline



  • The Western Desert Dialysis Appeal raises $1.1 million at the Art Gallery of NSW


  • ‘Return to Country’ and Social Support services begin in Alice Springs
  • ‘Kidney committee’ is formed and members travel to Bidyadanga and Broome in WA to explore remote dialysis options


  • Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation (WDNWPT) is officially incorporated


  • WDNWPT starts its dialysis service, with one machine in Walungurru (Kintore) (based in the Pintupi Homelands Health Centre) and a second machine in the Purple House in Alice Springs


  • WDNWPT purchases the Purple House in Alice Springs.


  • Provision of primary health care services commence at the Purple House


  • Kurra Aboriginal Corporation requests WDNWPT establish dialysis in Yuendumu


  • Dialysis services commence in Yuendumu and Ntaria (Hermannsburg)
  • Woden Rotary renovates new premises in Walungurru (Kintore) increasing capacity to two machines.


  • WDNWPT is awarded the national HESTA Primary Health Care Award for Team Excellence and are finalists for a Human Rights Award in the Community Award–Organisation category
  • The Purple Truck (funded by Medicines Australia) is launched at Papunya Tula Artists and travels on its maiden voyage to dialyse in Papunya


  • The Purple Truck crosses the border to WA to spend a month dialysing in Warburton
  • Renovations to the ‘Purple House’ in Alice Springs are completed


  • WDNWPT commences providing dialysis in Lajamanu and Warburton
  • A second chair and dialysis machine are installed in the Purple Truck doubling its capacity
  • WDNWPT are finalists in the Indigenous Governance Awards and win the National Disability Award for Excellence in Accessible Communities
  • The Wellbeing Social Enterprise is awarded the inaugural Australian Ethical Enterprise Award


  • WDNWPT celebrates 10 years of dialysis in Kintore
  • Dialysis services commence in Kiwirrkurra


  • Dialysis services commence in Santa Teresa
  • Western Desert Dialysis start working with Miwatj Health in Yirrkala providing dialysis
  • The Purple House Fund is launched to commemorate 15 years since the Western Desert Dialysis Appeal Auction and to help communities establish and operate community controlled dialysis services and bring their families back home
  • The book Patrick Tjungurrayi: Beyond borders is published


  • Dialysis services commence in Wanarn, WA
  • The Purple Truck celebrates 5 years of providing mobile dialysis to remote communities
  • WDNWPT is awarded the Indigenous Governance Award for incorporated organisations
Kintore mountains and scenery
The Purple House in Alice Springs

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