Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation (WDNWPT) or Purple House, is an Aboriginal communitycontrolled health service.
It started in response to the growing numbers of Pintupi/Luritja people from the Western Desert of Central Australia being forced to leave their families, country and homes to seek treatment for end-stage renal failure. Remote Indigenous people in Central Australia are up to 30 times more likely to suffer from kidney disease than other Australians. Dislocated from their country to regional centres such as Alice Springs, communities feared for their future if senior Pintupi were not present to pass on their cultural knowledge.
- Purple House will continue to support patients dislocated to Mparntwe (Alice Springs) and other regional centres for treatment, holding them close and working to ensure access to safe housing, income, food, clothing, healthcare and social networks to enhance health and wellbeing.
- It is important for people to be able to attend community and cultural events such as ceremonies, funerals, sports weekends and sorry business and Purple House will continue to support patients to get back to country.
- Purple House will lead innovation in cross cultural education and influence other providers and the wider community.
In 2018, after more than a decade of lobbying, dialysis in very remote areas was added to the Medicare Benefits Schedule, providing a stable funding source for the first time and securing the future of Purple House services in remote Australia.