About us

The Dialysis and Transplant Association of Victoria Incorporated (D.A.T.A) is a patient self-help group made up of people with kidney failure and their families, carers and friends.

Formed in 1972 as the “Home Dialysis Association” to encourage people going home with a kidney machine for the first time to talk to others with similar problems, the Association has evolved to include transplant patients and the name D.A.T.A. was adopted in 1981.

D.A.T.A. is run by a volunteer committee, which meets monthly to discuss Association business. Social days are held at regular intervals and the year culminates with the annual Christmas party.

Holiday Homes

D.A.T.A. has two holiday homes, equipped for home dialysis, available for use by members and their families. The first home in Rosebud was purchased in 1981.  The second home in Yarrawonga was built in 1986.  Both are well located for the perfect holiday.

Shoestring Newsletters

Financial members receive a bi-monthly copy of shoestring, our newsletter, which contains articles of common interest and notices of coming events.

We would welcome your contribution of articles to Shoestring – your story in your words – these are always of interest to our members.  One person’s victory over difficulties gives encouragement to many in the same situation. Use the feed back page to help you.


If you would like to join us, please complete the form on the Members Page.  The nominal membership fee is $15.00 per year which entitles you to regular copies of Shoestring and all other member benefits of membership. We look forward to meeting you soon.

D.A.T.A. relies on the generous support of its members and the public to maintain the services provided.

Everyone can use a little help

We are a purely volunteer-driven organisation. Please donate to help us continue our work in assisting people with kidney failure.