Kidney Dialysis Patients In Port Stephens Desperate For Local Services

Port Stephens MP Kate Washington with some local dialysis patients.
Port Stephens MP Kate Washington with some local dialysis patients.


KIDNEY disease kills over 3 million Australians a year and the need for dialysis is increasing as our population ages with 7% of people over 65 needing treatment according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

This trend has prompted a group of local kidney dialysis patients to meet with Port Stephens MP Kate Washington, who has recently been appointed Shadow Minister for the Environment, Heritage, and Rural Health, to discuss the growing need for dialysis services on the Tomaree Peninsula.

Currently, residents needing dialysis have to travel to Newcastle two to three times a week with the treatment process taking over five hours per session.

Ms Washington said that after meeting with patients in Port Stephens it was clear that it was time for local services to be made available.

“The meeting with local dialysis patients confirmed to me that there is a desperate need for dialysis services on the Tomaree Peninsula,” said Ms Washigton.

“For people who are dependent on dialysis this is an essential health service, it keeps them alive, but the kilometres they are forced to travel to access the treatment is taking a toll.”

Prior to the March state election Ms Washington and NSW Labor committed to expanding the services at Tomaree Community Hospital to include dialysis.

The Liberal Government chose not to match the commitment and as a result there are no plans for dialysis at the site.

Ms Washington has sought a meeting with the NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard to discuss the desperate need for local dialysis services in Port Stephens.

“I’ve asked the Health Minister for a meeting in the hope that we can work together to see this desperately needed service delivered locally,” said Ms Washington.

“There are many dialysis patients currently living in Port Stephens and these numbers are only likely to increase.”


By Mitch Lees

3 thoughts on “Kidney Dialysis Patients In Port Stephens Desperate For Local Services

  1. The numbers will continue to increase in all areas of Health Care largely due to increase residents in 3 over 55,s Villages which will just increase the population growth so all Services will become affected

  2. Why can’t these people access the Dialysis U it at Raymond Terrace. They’d save at least half the time and kilometres travelled. But I totally agree…it should be available on the Tomaree Peninsular.

    1. I dialyse at RT and there is currently not enough room. Maybe an afternoon shift at RT may help a little, but if the Liiberal minister is just going to stick his head in the sand and say we can’t afford the miserable $5mill to set up a unit, We’ll get absolutely nowhere. We waste millions on useless things in NSW, so why not channel those wasted dollars to where they can keep our citizens ALIVE

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