Big Red Kidney Bus

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.


Kidney Health Australia's award-winning Big Red Kidney Bus program provides a mobile haemodialysis service, allowing those who require haemodialysis the chance to have a holiday whilst still receiving treatment. 

The Big Red Kidney Buses are open to all Australians on hospital, satellite or home haemodialysis.  The buses travel to popular holiday destinations across Victoria and NSW, where they are located for up to six weeks at a time, staffed by experienced dialysis nurses and renal technicians.

Admission criteria

See Victoria and NSW admission criteria for joining the bus. Please note all admission criteria must be met.

Book a haemodialysis chair on a Big Red Kidney Bus

We are very excited to announce NSW holiday locations are now available!   

See Victoria holiday locations here See NSW locations here

Open the Victoria bus booking form, or open NSW bus booking form.

 


Big Red Kidney Bus  postcard

See how the Big Red Kidney Bus works on our Big Red Kidney Bus postcard here.

Big Red Kidney Bus newsletters

Read previous Big Red Kidney Bus newsletters here to find out more about holidaymakers' experiences.

The final Big Red Kidney Bus newsletter was produced in September 2016. This decision was made enabling Big Red Kidney Bus resources to refocus into better serving the Kidney Community. We are still very interested in hearing your stories. Please send feedback or your stories to bigredkidneybus@kidney.org.au.

Additional Big Red Kidney Bus information

  • Open to all Australians on haemodialysis in hospital, satellite unit or on home haemodialysis.
  • Located for 6 weeks in caravan parks at popular Victorian holiday destinations.
  • All you have to do is arrange your own holiday accommodation and get there.
  • There are 3 dialysis chairs for 6-12 people each week, staffed by a highly experienced dialysis nurse and a renal technician.
  • Kidney Health Australia owns the Bus and manages the bookings online, via email or phone.

Please direct enquires to: phone 1800 454 363 or email bigredkidneybus@kidney.org.au.

Booking information and admission criteria

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

(In Victoria, Monash Health provide 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 though 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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