Elcho Island patients stuck in Darwin for dialysis push to return home | ABC News

The social cost of shifting remote Indigenous patients to cities for dialysis can be huge – leaders are sometimes torn away from their communities and mentoring roles with young people.

A group of Elcho Island patients who are desperate to get home to Arnhem Land now have the support of Aboriginal dialysis organisation Purple House.

But they say the Northern Territory Government has failed to act before caretaker mode, and an agreement to get the group home is still sitting on someone’s desk.

Felicity James reports.

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In This Story: Northern Territory

The Northern Territory (aka NT) is a vast federal territory in Australia famed for its Outback desert landscapes. In the arid Red Centre lie the iconic sandstone monolith Uluru (Ayers Rock), the red-rock domes of Kata Tjuta and the sculpted cliffs of Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park.

Alice Springs is the gateway town to the Red Centre desert.

The NT covers 1,349,129 square kilometres (520,902 sq mi). It is sparsely populated, with a population of only 245,353.

The economy is based largely on mining and petroleum, which during 2018–2019 contributed 23% of the gross state product, or $5.68 billion, accounting for 92.4% of exports.

The capital and largest city is Darwin. The population is concentrated in coastal regions and along the Stuart Highway.

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