Make a meaningful impact by tackling critical water efficiency challenges in some of Australia's most remote and environmentally stressed regions. Collaborating with Indigenous-owned non-profit health organization Purple House, we are working to ensure that dialysis remains accessible in these challenging environments, despite increasing climate change pressures. As part of our team, you will support life-saving work for communities in Northern Territory, Western Australia, and South Australia by helping develop innovative water solutions and exploring alternative water sources.

Join us today to be a part of this mission that merges engineering excellence with social impact!

VIP ChallENG research goals

To find sustainable, low-cost, low-maintenance solutions that reduce water consumption for dialysis in remote communities.

Research, design and technical areas

In this project you will investigate:

  • Investigate alternative water sources for dialysis in remote communities including dialysate waste and rainwater 

  • Develop and optimise pre-treatment processes for alternative water sources in terms of water quantity and quality. 

  • Model treatment performance of reverse osmosis membranes for the removal of groundwater contaminants 

ChallENG Area

Vertically Integrated Projects

Research Areas


United Nations Development Goals

Good Health and Well-being: SDG3


✔ 6 UoC per course 


Professional Development

•    Teamwork
•    Leadership
•    Design
•    Communication
•    Integrity
•    Innovation and excellence
•    Diversity
•    Respect
•    Resilience


  • Chemical Engineering 

  • Environmental Engineering 

  • Environmental Science 

  • Mechanical Engineering


  • Analytical skills 

  • Chemistry 

  • Interest in indigenous issues

Team Academic Lead

A/Prof. Pierre Le Clech

School of Chemical Engineering

02 9385 5762

A/Prof. Rita Kay Henderson

Chemical Engineering

Interests are in water supply and biotechnology and working towards Sustainable Development Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation for all. I am a strong equity and diversity advocate.

9385 5383

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