Topic archives: dialysis

New art exhibition asks some tough questions about privilege, power and kidney disease

New art exhibition asks some tough questions about privilege, power and kidney disease

October 2, 2014 2

What if end-stage kidney disease was far more common among the rich and powerful than among those who are not so privileged? What if powerful politicians and their friends – people like John Howard, Tony Abbott, Gina Rinehart, George Pell, Adam Giles, Andrew Bolt, Julie Bishop, Joe Hockey, or Christopher Pyne had to move far, […]

Should pharma industry fines be used in good works that create positive industry PR?

December 15, 2011

Andrew Roberts – who is better known to friends, patients, colleagues and Twitter followers as Robbo – is a pharmacist in a remote WA community. Below is an article cross-posted from his blog, Biting the Dust, in which he raises concerns about the source of funds for a dialysis truck that is providing a much-needed […]

Warren Snowdon responds to concerns about report on dialysis in Central Australia

July 8, 2011 1

In a recent Croakey post, Greens Senator Rachel Siewert raised concerns that the Federal Government had watered down the findings of the Central Australia Renal Study, which addressed the problems facing Aboriginal people who need dialysis. Below Warren Snowdon, the Minister for Indigenous Health, explains why the final report differed from the draft cited by […]

Did the Federal Government water down the report into dialysis in Central Australia?

July 4, 2011 2

A long-awaited report into the troubles facing Aboriginal people who require dialysis in Central Australia – at least some of which are a result of the enduring dysfunctional health divide between territory/state and federal governments – was recently released. The inquiry followed concerns about the lack of culturally appropriate services, and some heart-wrenching examples of […]

NT Govt urged to stop turning away sick patients

November 3, 2009 1

Continuing the thread from the previous post, the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory is warning that the NT Government’s policy of refusing dialysis treatment for patients from outside the Territory is causing enormous harm. This is the statement: AMSANT has written to the Northern Territory Health Minister with a potential solution to needless deaths […]

A plea for support for Aboriginal patients in Central Australia

November 3, 2009 2

Below is an extract of an open letter that is being circulated to raise awareness of the plight of Aboriginal people in central Australia who are no longer able to access dialysis services in Alice Springs. It is from Sarah Brown, Manager of the Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku, an organisation that provides support […]