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18    Health—Central Australia—Renal Health

Senator Siewert, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 134—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes:

                  (i)   that poor kidney health continues to be a serious problem for Aboriginal people in Central Australia with an alarming growth in the need for dialysis both now and in the future,

                 (ii)   the release of a report by the Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation and EY into Service Delivery Model of remote dialysis in Central Australia, and

                (iii)   that this report finds that the Western Desert Dialysis model of care:

                  ( a )   offers a unique combination of services and approach to patient care and community engagement that has allowed for significant success particularly in terms of patient participation,

                  ( b )   is cost effective,

                  ( c )   encourages higher patient participation rate,

                  ( d )   creates better clinical outcomes,

                  ( e )   offers higher levels of clinical safety, and

                   ( f )   supports people to be able to remain on country, which means that there is a greater prospect of children accessing education, adults contributing economically and communities remaining safe and stable; and

    (b)   calls on the Government to ensure that:

                  (i)   the $10 million earmarked by the previous government for renal services is urgently spent on improving central desert infrastructure, and

                 (ii)   a community approach to renal services is at the heart of any renal treatment strategy.

Statements by leave : The Assistant Minister for Social Services (Senator Fifield) and Senator Siewert, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.