Western Desert Dialysis

2012 finalist

Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation. (WDNWPT) was established by people from the Pintupi Luritja language group to improve the lives of people suffering from end stage renal failure and to strengthen families and communities by helping people on dialysis to return home to their remote communities. By establishing dialysis and support out bush, WDNWPT enables people to return home, participate in community life, contribute to their families, look after Country and pass on their cultural knowledge.

“This organisation is a model service provider. Its service model is innovative, creative and is a lesson in the management of chronic disease and the preservation of cultural dignity. I have rarely been in an organisation where there was such a vibe of happiness and respect and clear results which can be easily measured and observed. There were some very, very sick people, but it was clear that this was a place where people felt at home, felt happy and felt in control.”

Jennifer Westacott, CEO, Business Council of Australia and IGA judge

“We will ensure that Walytja (family), Tjukurrpa (dreaming) Ngurra (Country) and Kuunyi (compassion) are central to all that we do and say. We will be strong, clever, brave and determined to make life better for our people.”

WDNWPT Strategic Plan, Core Values