Member for Lingiari Warren Snowdon will today travel to Pukatja in northern South Australia for the official opening of the community’s Dialysis Centre which commenced operation recently.
“Congratulations to the Purple House and the community of Pukatja, Ernabella on the official opening of the The Kinyin McKenzie Dialysis Centre.” Mr Snowdon said.
The Centre is a first in South Australia for dialysis on community.
Purple House, an Aboriginal community-controlled health service is well known for its work in remote communities in the Northern Territory.
The new centre allows people who are currently on dialysis in Adelaide, Alice Springs, and Port Augusta to move back to their community and be with their families while they continue treatment.
Funding for the centre has come from the Commonwealth Government, the South Australian Health Department, an auction organised by the APY Art Centre Collective ($170k), fundraising by Zibeon Fielding via his ultra-marathon through the outback ($50k), an International Rotary Project by clubs in Australia and Kansas ($200k), and a variety of other supporters from around the world.
“A special congratulations to Purple House CEO, Sarah Brown and the directors of Purple House, for their years of work to reach out to the Pitjantjatjara people and work with the community to achieve today’s outcome.” Mr Snowdon said.