What we do
When a person’s kidneys stop working, they can require haemodialysis treatment three times a week indefinitely. Purple House runs 14 remote dialysis clinics enabling people to get back to their country and family. It also offers respite and support while dialysing in Alice Springs or Darwin.
The Purple Truck is a self-contained dialysis unit on wheels. It gives patients with end-stage renal failure the chance to return home for family, cultural or sorry business.
For people from remote communities, moving to a regional centre like Alice Springs for dialysis is often a stressful and scary experience. They are far away from family and country, feeling sick and confused while having to negotiate the health care system. Our Social Support ‘Malpas’ act as friends for dialysis patients and their families providing support and assistance.
Purple House offers a general practitioner, podiatry and physiotherapy clinics each week for Purple House patients and their families, to identify, resolve and refer on health problems before they get more serious.
Purple House’s ‘Return to Country’ program helps patients to get home to their families and communities for short-term visits in between dialysis treatments, arranging their return to Alice Springs or Darwin in time for their next treatment.
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Purple House provides education to patients new to dialysis, support and advice to other healthcare services wanting to offer dialysis treatments, and shares its approaches to culturally safe care.
Indigenous Australians have used native plants to treat illness for generations. This expert knowledge inspired the creation of the Bush Balm products. First produced by and for the growing number of Indigenous dialysis patients and their families, the Bush Balm social enterprise is based at Purple House, providing ongoing employment and development opportunities.
Purple House employ a team of Patient Preceptors, people who have lived experience of the renal disease journey and can provide expert advice and reassurance to Aboriginal renal patients. As strong advocates, Preceptors have a passion for helping their people, supporting, educating and mentoring Aboriginal individuals, families and communities to undertake the renal disease journey with knowledge, empowerment, dignity and hope.