Western Australia Minister for Health Kim Hames
Dialysis Study To Break Down Borders For WA patients
Victor P Taffa
Western Australia has signed up to a joint study into the delivery of treatment for kidney disease among Indigenous people living in remote communities.
Health Minister Kim Hames said the joint study between the State Government, Northern Territory, South Australia, and Federal Governments would investigate the best way to assist people who needed dialysis and lived in remote parts of the nation.
“Renal dialysis can be distressing for patients, particularly for those who live in WA’s central desert region where access to appropriate services is difficult.” Dr. Hames said.
“WA is already part of a Tri-State agreement between the Northern Territory and South Australia which was signed in November last year. That agreement allows WA patients to be treated in Alice Springs for dialysis, which is closer to where they live.”
“This new study will look at whether there are other ways we can assist these patients in terms of the most appropriate care, service delivery and distribution of services.”
“For example, options such as self-care dialysis, nurse-assisted dialysis or services that are mobile or based in healthcare facilities will be investigated to see whether they may assist the treatment of kidney disease for patients who live in remote areas.” Dr. Hames said.
“This is an exciting step forward in investigating the best ways to provide health care in remote areas and I am pleased WA has been given the opportunity to be part of it.”
The study is expected to be completed by the end of the year.