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BHP has provided $1.9 million to the Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service (PAMS) to establish a dialysis clinic at the PAMS healthcare centre in Newman.

The purpose-built dialysis clinic is the first of its kind for Newman and its surrounding communities, and will include the latest dialysis machines – enough to treat up to 10 patients each day – managed by nurses trained in specialist dialysis treatment.

BHP General Manager, Newman Operations, Marie Bourgoin said: “Newman residents often travel hundreds of kilometres to places like Perth, Broome, or Port Hedland for dialysis treatment.

“This new dialysis clinic right here in Newman means people can get the treatment and support they need closer to home.

“We are proud to support our Indigenous and non-Indigenous local community with this critical service.”

Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service, CEO, Robby Chibawe said: “The rate of kidney disease is disproportionately higher in regional and Indigenous communities.

“Unfortunately in the past many Martu and Nyiyparli people have had to move off country for treatment, often causing isolation from their family and elders.

“The funding from BHP enables us to bring this service to the people of Newman, and hopefully reduce the worst effects of kidney disease.”

In July 2020, BHP provided $764,000 to establish the PAMS healthcare centre in Newman which provides comprehensive primary health care.

The clinical hub provides general GP services, chronic disease management, and allied health services such as audiometry, pharmacy, visiting dietician and physiotherapists, podiatry, women GPs, dental and telehealth.

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