Vital health bus recognised

A world-first holiday dialysis bus that started in the Latrobe Valley has won a national disability award.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester congratulated the Kidney Health Australia Big Red Kidney Bus on receiving an award for Excellence in Community Accessibility at the 2015 National Disability Awards ceremony at Parliament House on 25 November.

The Big Red Kidney Bus allows dialysis patients to take holidays while still having access to their life-saving treatment.

The initiative was started by late Traralgon resident Vince Tripodi, and has been expanded by Monash Health.

It has received strong community support from Traralgon residents, Monash University, Fresenius Medical Care Australia and Latrobe Valley Bus Lines.

Mr Chester said the award was testimony to the dedication of those working to provide dialysis services to regional Victorians.

“I would like to thank everyone involved with the Big Red Kidney Bus for the work they do to promote the rights and dignity of people with disability,” Mr Chester said.

The National Disability Awards recognise the achievements of people and organisations that have improved the lives of people with disability.

The awards are a major part of the Federal Government’s celebration of International Day of People with Disability.