More people living in rural and remote Western Australia will be able to receive renal dialysis treatment without leaving home as a result of a State Government $6.99million boost to dialysis services.
Health Minister Kim Hames said funding from the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program would benefit people with chronic and end-stage renal disease in rural and remote locations in the Mid-West, Kimberley, Pilbara and the Goldfields.
The boost in funding is part of the $63.51million Renal Dialysis Plan 2010 to 2021, which is jointly funded by the State and Federal governments.
“The first stage of the Renal Dialysis Plan will increase the number of dialysis chairs and provide patient accommodation in the regions as well as additional staff. This will enable people whose clinical condition is suitable to have dialysis in a rural or remote location,” Dr Hames said.
“This will reduce the need for many people to travel to Perth and will have social and economic benefits for communities, especially for Aboriginal families who experience significant fragmentation when parents and elders leave their community.”
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the Renal Dialysis Plan would expand dialysis services in Kalgoorlie and provide satellite services in Fitzroy Crossing, Roebourne and Esperance. It will also provide renal hostel accommodation in Broome, Derby, Kununurra, Fitzroy Crossing, Carnarvon and Kalgoorlie.
“With increasing numbers of people with chronic kidney disease in rural and remote WA, it’s important we expand existing regional dialysis services, and also establish new services,” Mr Grylls said.
“This investment in regional renal teams will build regional capacity and capability, improve the attraction and retention of clinical staff and provide additional employment opportunities for a range of regional clinicians, including Aboriginal health workers.”
In addition to the $6.99million funding boost, the State Government will also deliver on an election commitment to fund a renal dialysis service for the Wheatbelt, with $3.5million of Royalties for Regions funding allocated in the 2013-14 State Budget.
Aboriginal people from remote areas have incidence rates of end stage kidney disease up to 30 times higher than the national incidence rate
The number of country WA people needing dialysis is expected to double by 2021
$63.51million for Stage 1 of Renal Dialysis Plan is funded by $46.41million from the Federal Government and $17.1million from the State Government
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