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Western Nganampa WalytjanPalyantjaku Tjutaku

Faced with the prospect of their family members being forced to move away from country to seek treatment for End Stage Renal Failure, Pintupi people formed the Western Desert Dialysis Appeal. Their aim was to support renal patients and their families and return them to their country and families where they belong. In 2003 we were incorporated as Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation (WDNWPT). Our title means ‘making all our families well’. It recognises that if patients are sick and far from home, families and communities are sick and dysfunctional too. By returning dialysis patients to their communities where they can be supported by their families and can take part in community life, they are healthier and happier, and communities benefit from their presence.