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Transplant housing program

Kidney Transplant Houses   

We are dedicated to providing rural and regional kidney transplant patients with secure, comfortable quality accommodation where they can rest and recover from surgery or undergo dialysis training and education.

Our Kidney Transplant Houses offer the opportunity to keep families together, while easing their financial and emotional burden.

FAITH house (WA patients)

Emorgo house - Western Astraliau

Families needing to travel to Perth for live kidney transplants can access furnished accommodation at our two FAITH kidney transplant houses. Located in Morley, they are named Haywood House and Hutchison House, in recognition of two senior Perth kidney specialists. 

Many rural families involved in living donation, deceased donation and dialysis education have stayed in these houses for lengthy periods, enjoying quality accommodation they could not otherwise afford.

A generous grant provided by Lotterywest funded the extensive initial fit-out of the houses, allowing rural patients to arrive with just a suitcase. FAITH has assisted families travelling from Victoria, Queensland and New Zealand to participate in kidney transplants in Western Australia. 

Facilities 

FAITH housing consists of two adjacent three-bedroom homes fitted out to cater for all our patients needs, enabling them to recover in a secure, peaceful and relaxing environment. The houses are located in Morley, just a five-minute walk from a major shopping centre and bus stop.

Each of the FAITH houses includes:

  • a master bedroom with built-in robes and a private bathroom
  • a double bedroom
  • a children’s bedroom
  • a full-sized bathroom with bath
  • heating and cooling
  • an outdoor alfresco area
  • fully equipped kitchen with fridge, freezer, pantry, oven and cook top, microwave, dishwasher, kettle, toaster, crockery and utensils
  • TV in both the living room and main bedroom
  • laundry equipped with washing machine, dryer and sink
  • outside clothes line
  • two-car remote operated garage
  • cleaning materials
  • all towels and linen, including changes as required.

Eligibility and booking criteria 

FAITH Kidney Transplant Houses are offered at no charge to kidney transplant or dialysis training patients and their families who live more than 100 kilometres from their treating hospital.

Applicants must qualify for funding from the Western Australian Patient Transport Association (see details below). After approval has been provided, accommodation can be available for a minimum of two weeks up to a maximum of three months, depending on need.

All applicants are required to complete an Expression of Interest form and eligible patient bookings are then confirmed by us, based on the date and time of receipt of the form and availability of accommodation. There is no means test for patients and their families or carers to stay at a FAITH house.

All selected applicants are asked to sign a lease agreement and pay a $200 cash bond, which is fully refundable after checking out, assuming the terms of the lease agreement have been fulfilled.

To check your eligibility for funding from the Western Australian Patient Transport Assistance Scheme see details here.

Also ask your healthcare team if you qualify for these government assistance schemes:

How to apply

First, we recommend you read the WA FAITH Kidney Transplant Housing brochure, which you can download here.

Download the Expression of Interest Form, complete the details and email it to us directly via the ‘Email’ button on the page. Save your completed form to your desktop for future reference. You can download the Expression of Interest Form here.

Please note that accessing this form using a Chrome browser may prevent some of the functionality from working.

If you are unable to enter your details online, just print and complete the form by hand and send it by any of these options:

  • Post the Expression of Interest Form to:
    Justine Bell-Morris, WA Programs Coordinator, Kidney Health Australia
    GPO Box 9993, Perth WA 6848.
  • Fax to WA KHA Office on 08 6160 9599.
  • Email to Justine.Bell-Morris@kidney.org.au

For further enquiries, please email Justine or call her on 08 6160 9501.

Please note that completing the Expression of Interest form does not guarantee a booking. We will contact you in writing to confirm your booking.

FAITH kidney transplant housing is funded by a partnership agreement between Kidney Health Australia and Foundation Housing WA, with a generous grant from LotteryWest. You can see more about the community service work of LotteryWest here.

Emorgo kidney transplant house (VIC & TAS patients)

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The Emorgo Kidney Transplant House, located in East Brunswick, Melbourne, provides quality accommodation for rural and regional kidney transplant and dialysis training patients and their families or carers. 

The apartment was purchased thanks to a generous donation from the Emorgo Foundation. It offers secure, hygienic and comfortable accommodation in a peaceful and relaxing environment close to Melbourne’s transplant hospitals, shops, parkland and public transport. 

The apartment is offered at no charge to eligible patients and their families who qualify for funding from their state patient travel assistance scheme (see details below). 

Bookings for Emorgo Kidney Transplant House are administered in conjunction with patients’ transplanting hospitals.

Facilities

Emorgo Kidney Transplant House caters for all our patients needs as they recover. The apartment is located on the second floor and is accessible via lift from the undercover car park or from street level.

The apartment includes:

  • dialysis plumbing
  • two double bedrooms with built-in robes and private bathrooms, one single fold-out portable bed with mattress
  • heating and cooling
  • fully equipped kitchen with fridge, freezer, pantry, oven and cook top, microwave, dishwasher, kettle, toaster, sandwich maker, blender, coffee machine, crockery and utensils
  • outdoor balcony and BBQ
  • a welcome pack including Weetbix, biscuits, coffee, tea, milk and condiments
  • TV in living room and main bedroom, with Blu-Ray DVD player, complimentary WiFi and Netflix subscription
  • laundry cupboard equipped with washing machine, dryer, sink, drying rack, ironing board and iron
  • alarm clock, hair dryer, all towels and linen, including changes as required
  • cleaning materials, umbrellas, shopping trolley
  • secure undercover car parking for one car, with guest parking is also available in the Tip Top car park (at a daily rate).

A cleaner is provided on a weekly basis at no cost. Linen is laundered following each stay.

Eligibility and booking criteria

Emorgo Kidney Transplant House is offered at no charge to kidney transplant or dialysis training patients and their families who live more than 100 kilometres from their treating hospital.

Applicants must qualify for funding from their state transport assistance scheme. 

You can check your eligibility for VPTAS funding here.

You can check your eligibility for PTAS funding here.

Accommodation is provided for a minimum of two weeks up to a maximum of two months. 

All applicants are required to complete an Expression of Interest form and eligible patient bookings are then confirmed by us, based on the date and time of receipt of the form and availability of accommodation. There is no means test for patients and their families or carers to stay at the apartment.

All selected applicants are asked to sign a lease agreement and pay a $200 cash bond, which is fully refundable after checking out, assuming the terms of the lease agreement have been fulfilled.

How to apply

To make a booking request, download the Expression of Interest form, complete the details and email it to us directly via the ‘Email’ button on the page. Save your completed form to your desktop for future reference. You can download the Emorgo Expression of Interest Form here.

Please note that accessing this form using a Chrome browser may prevent some of the functionality from working.

If you are unable to enter your details online, just print and complete the form by hand and send it by any of these options:

  • Post your completed Expression of Interest Form to: 
    The Transplant Housing Program Coordinator,
    Kidney Health Australia, GPO Box 9993, Melbourne VIC 3001
  • Fax the completed form to Melbourne KHA Office on 03 9674 4399.
  • Email the completed form to: transplanthousingvic@kidney.org.au

For further enquiries, please call 03 9674 4317. Please note that completing the Expression of Interest form does not guarantee a booking. We will contact you in writing to confirm your booking.

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