Bush Balm Products
The Western Desert Dialysis Wellbeing Program is a dynamic social enterprise that acknowledges the importance of culture as an essential element of health and wellbeing and facilitates the practice, preservation and sharing of Aboriginal culture with younger generations and the wider community.
Dislocated to Alice Springs from their home communities, dialysis patients experienced longing for the traditional remedies used in the bush to remind them of home. Patients and staff of the Purple House in Alice Springs would work together to collect the plants to make up bush balms which patients would share with each other to help cope with the sadness they experienced in being separated from their country and family.
Developing organically from these simple beginnings the Wellbeing Program has grown into a social enterprise incorporating a range of Bush Balm products and workshops. The program has many objectives including:
- Generating employment opportunities and income in remote communities
- Preserving and sharing traditional knowledge
- Generating income to provide services for dialysis patients
- Supporting dialysis patients living away from family and country for treatment by providing bush medicine and social and wellbeing activities
- Sharing the Western Desert Dialysis story.