Each year the Australian Financial Review names a list of BOSS True Leaders – people who are changing Australia for the better. In 2018, that list included our Purple House CEO Sarah Brown.
The acknowledgement follows the announcement of a Medicare item number for remote dialysis, which provides $590 for each dialysis treatment.
It’s the result of 15 years of hard work for Sarah Brown and the team here at Purple House, an Alice Springs-based not-for-profit organisation that has been supporting Indigenous renal patients in remote communities for more than 15 years.
Purple House was established after Pintupi people and community art centres raised $1 million through an art auction in 2000. The aim was to install dialysis units in Indigenous communities to avoid the need to travel for hundreds of kilometres for treatment, as well as the cultural problems that accompanied displacement from home.
As of 2018, there are 14 remote clinics across Central Australia with four more in development.
The judges said “Sarah has worked tirelessly to improve the health of Indigenous Australians living in remote communities and she is continuing to successfully expand the reach of Purple House.”
BOSS True Leaders 2018: Sarah Brown, The Purple House, Australian Financial Review