State Government commits $1.3m to Newman renal dialysis unit

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Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel and Health Minister Roger Cook at Newman Hospital today.
Camera IconPilbara MLA Kevin Michel and Health Minister Roger Cook at Newman Hospital today. Credit: Ruth O’Toole

Kidney disease patients in Newman will be able to access renal care closer to home when a dedicated dialysis unit is set up in the town in the next few years, through funding committed in the State Government Budget.

A $1.3 million, four-chair home dialysis unit and supporting infrastructure will be included as part of the new Newman Health Service once the campus redevelopment is complete, Health Minister Roger Cook announced on a trip to the town today.

The funding will realise a 2017 Labor election commitment part of the party’s Plan for the Pilbara.

The Newman unit will complement existing renal services elsewhere in the Pilbara, namely in Port Hedland, Onslow, Roebourne and Jigalong.

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Health Minister Roger Cook said having the option of accessing dialysis care close to home would lessen the burden for Newman patients.

“This commitment of $1.3 million for a new renal unit that will house four renal dialysis chairs delivers on a McGowan Government election commitment and will bring significant benefits to many vulnerable residents in Newman and surrounds,” he said.

“This Government is absolutely committed to culturally appropriate care and this funding will allow many Aboriginal patients to receive treatment on country.”

Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel said the centre would allow people with kidney disease to receive treatment while remaining in their community instead of having to travel to Perth.

“Families are often forced apart to access lifesaving renal dialysis services. These new renal chairs mean patients can stay near home, their family and loved ones,” he said.

Construction of the $47.4 million Newman Health Service redevelopment is expected to begin in 2020.

For more, see next Wednesday’s issue of the North West Telegraph.

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