Permanent Renal Dialysis Unit on the APY Lands

If elected in March 2018, a Marshall Liberal Government will strongly back the establishment of a permanent renal dialysis unit in Pukatja to be run by Western Desert Dialysis.

The Problem

In the far north of our State, the number of Aboriginal people who need regular kidney dialysis is rapidly rising.

The lack of a permanent dialysis unit on the APY Lands forces patients to relocate hundreds of kilometres from their homes to get the treatment they need.

This is because people with end stage kidney disease need regular dialysis and the nearest facilities available to them are located in Adelaide, Port Augusta and Alice Springs.

More than four years ago, the Federal Government committed capital funding for a permanent renal dialysis unit to be built in the APY community of Pukatja/Ernabella.

For the next two years, the Weatherill Government refused to back the project. This lack of support threatened to derail the entire project and has significantly delayed the provision of this vital health service.

The State Liberals' Plan

If elected in March 2018, a Marshall Liberal Government will strongly back the establishment of a permanent renal dialysis unit in Pukatja to be run by Western Desert Dialysis.

Our support will include:

  • negotiating a fair fee-for-service price for each dialysis treatment session Western Desert Dialysis delivers at the facility; and
  • providing up to $50,000 transitional funding as the facility moves to becoming a fully-funded, sustainable operation.

This support builds on the clear commitment the State Liberals made before the 2014 South Australian election to ensure a facility was built on the APY Lands and brought into operation.

Our commitment will make it possible for South Australians to receive life saving care on the Lands close to their homes.

This will enable Aboriginal people to live with their families and continue to provide cultural guidance to younger generations.