Being able to tell others of the benefits of PNDU is important to PNDU’s profile, promotion, fundraising and reaching others living with Home Parenteral Nutrition in Australia and New Zealand.
To assist in the description and promotion of Parenteral Nutrition Down Under, Home Parenteral Nutrition and Intestinal Failure, please feel free to use some or all of the paragraphs below.
Parenteral Nutrition Down Under (PNDU) is a self-funded, not-for-profit support group founded in 2009 for those living with Intestinal Failure (IF) and Home Parenteral Nutrition (HPN) (and their carers) in Australia and New Zealand. PNDU’s mission is to support, research and inform consumers, carers and providers of Parenteral Nutrition (PN) for Intestinal Failure.
PN is food in a liquid form which is delivered via a catheter in a vein close to the heart, when it is not possible to receive sufficient nutrition from regular food because there is a problem with the digestive system (IF). It is a very complex and highly specialised life-support therapy, but when properly trained, can be done at home (HPN).
The number of people on HPN in Australia and New Zealand is small – approximately 215 adults and children – so support and understanding can be difficult to come by.