“They provide a safety net for some of the most vulnerable people in our society.”
Purple House is an Indigenous-owned bush dialysis clinic operating from a base in Alice Springs.
“Remote Indigenous Australians are up to 30 times more likely to suffer kidney disease than non-Indigenous Australians,” Ms Homewood said.
“When patients need to be in Alice Springs or Darwin for treatment, communities are left without elder leadership, and cultural links are weakened.
“Patients can suffer from isolation and depression being restricted by a dialysis machine for long periods of time.
“Purple House offers a sanctuary and offers a ‘home away from home’ for many patients.
“Similarly, Youngcare works hard to ensure young Australians with high physical care needs can maintain their independence and dignity, and helps people find specialist disability accommodation.”
Chief Executive Officer of Purple House, Sarah Brown said: “Our directors and patients are always thrilled when people hear our story and want to help. We’d like to thank the MAX Foundation whole-heartedly for their generous support.