Ian on the Big Red Kidney Bus

Important notice

Our Big Red Kidney Bus was due to provide holiday dialysis in Batemans Bay and Lakes Entrance during February and March. Due to bushfire threatening both areas, we have worked with Monash Health and Royal North Shore Hospital to amend the schedule to ensure the safety of patients and staff.

The NSW Bus is now planned to be stationed at Batemans Bay from 17 February until 14 March, while the Vic Bus will be stationed at Lakes Entrance from 4 February until 22 February.

We are working with patients currently booked for this period to ensure they can still enjoy their holiday time on the bus while also ensuring their safety. Please contact the Bus team with any questions.

The Big Red Kidney Bus is available free of charge to all Australians on haemodialysis in hospital, satellite unit or on home haemodialysis. The Bus is fully equipped with three (very comfortable) dialysis chairs for between 6-12 people a week. All you have to do is arrange your own holiday accommodation and get there – we’ll take care of the rest.
Our award-winning* Big Red Kidney Buses travel to popular holiday destinations across Victoria and NSW providing haemodialysis to patients by experienced dialysis nurses and renal technicians.

Learn more about the BusHow does it work?

  • Open to anyone on haemodialysis in hospital, satellite unit or on home haemodialysis.
  • Located for up to six weeks or more, in holiday parks at popular holiday destinations around Victoria and New South Wales.
  • There are three dialysis chairs for up to 12 holidaymakers each week. Contact us on 1800 454 363 or bigredkidneybus@kidney.org.au to make a booking or register interest.
  • Vacancies are updated regularly on our website, see latest vacancies for Victoria and New South Wales.
  • The health care provider confirms bookings once medical information has been received from your dialysis unit.
  • You will need to arrange your own holiday accommodation and travel, details of where you can book and discounts offered can be found are on the location pages.
  • Admission criteria must be met to be eligible for the Bus.
  • Treatment sessions on the buses are provided by highly experienced, caring dialysis nurses proudly provided by Monash Health in Victoria and Royal North Shore Hospital in New South Wales.

Got questions? Contact our friendly team on 1800 454 363 or email bigredkidneybus@kidney.org.au

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 What our patients say

Bev and Barry with the Big Red Kidney Bus

Bev, has been doing home haemodialysis with the support of her husband, Barry.  Every other day, Bev and Barry get up at 5am to get ready for dialysis.

“I start unpacking all the gear,” says Barry. “I do all the leads while Bev’s having her brekkie and, when I’ve got it all going, I yell out to her and she comes and hops in the chair and she needles herself. I do the taping and we document it in the book.”

The Big Red Kidney Bus gives them a break from this routine and the chance to go on holiday with their friends.

“The Bus is terrific,” says Barry. “We’ve followed the bus to Milton’s Bay, Halls Gap, Torquay and Warrnambool. It’s great to have a service that gives us a break from the routine and allows us to take the holidays we always dreamed of.” 

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*The Big Red Kidney Bus was awarded the 2015 National Disability Award for Excellence in Community Accessibility, and also won the Gold Innovative Models of Care Award at the 2015 Victorian Public Health Care Awards.

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The Big Red Kidney Bus holiday dialysis program is in partnership with Royal North Shore Hospital in New South Wales and Monash Health in Victoria.

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Booking information and admission criteria

Please read the admission criteria before you book a haemodialysis dialysis chair. See the information you need to know about holiday dialysis here.

(In Victoria, Monash Health provides the clinical and medical aspects on the Big Red Kidney Bus and will confirm bookings once the admission criteria has been met.)

Patients arrange their own holiday accommodation and travel. We suggest mentioning Kidney Health Australia's Big Red Kidney Bus when booking into a holiday park, as discounts may be available.

Kidney Health Australia manages the bookings online through our online booking form below, via email or phone. Please, direct enquires to phone 1800 454 363 or email bigredkidneybus@kidney.org.au

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