November 29th, 2013
The Purple Bus, which if governments had some shame they would fund more of…
Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaka Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation has taken out the inaugural national Ethical Enterprise Award which is Australia’s only ethical enterprise award for socially conscious business models. The Ethical Enterprise Award is presented by Australian Ethical who are passionate in supporting and celebrating ethical leadership, and conscious business and social innovation.
Western Desert offers holistic renal dialysis care and support to Indigenous people in and around Alice Springs who would otherwise be forced to leave their communities for healthcare. As well as providing primary healthcare and patient advocacy such as housing assistance and dialysis education, Western Desert benefits the wider community by creating employment opportunities for the local Indigenous people.
According to Western Desert Wellbeing program coordinator, Christy van der Heyden, their ‘mobile dialysis’ business model is proving that non-profit community enterprise can deliver positive social and economic impacts.