Nganampa Health Council (NHC) is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation operating on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in the far north west of South Australia. Across this area, NHC operates seven clinics, the Tjilpi Pampaku Ngura Aged Care facility and assorted health related programs including aged care, sexual health, environmental health, health worker training, dental, women’s health, male health, children’s health, immunisation, eye health and mental health.

The health service has a sustained national reputation for best practice clinical services, leading edge collaborative program research and development and for the collection of outcome data as a basis for ongoing evaluation. Our successes include:
  • Significant reductions in the rates of sexually transmitted infections.
  • Consistent childhood immunisation rates in excess of 90% and in some years at 100%.
  • Increases in the number of completed health checks from 84 in 2003/04 to 943 in 2013/14.
  • Percentage of antenates seen in the first trimester has increased from 20% in 1992, to consistently over 70%.
  • Publication of the nationally and internationally recognized UPK report in 1987.
  • Establishment and operation of the Tjilpiku Pampaku Ngura Aged Care Facility.
  • A dental program that has seen improvements in the dental health of children including some indicators that are comparable with the rest of South Australia.
  • Improvements in the number of well women’s checks completed.

These achievements have been recognised by the Productivity Commission in the Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage report, the Commonwealth Department of Health in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care review, the Australian Medical Association and Prime Ministers and Ministers of Health.

NHC is a well utilised service and on an annual basis, there are in excess of 60,000 patient contacts per annum. Our clinics our AGPAL accredited facilities with modern medical equipment and sophisticated information technology systems including the use of the Communicare clinical information system, telemedicine facilities and an intranet site.
The main clinics are located at Iwantja (Indulkana), Mimili, Fregon, Pukatja (Ernabella), Amata, and Pipalyatjara while a smaller clinic is located at Nyapari. The Tjilpi Pampaku Ngura Aged Care facility is located at Pukatja. The organisation has administration offices at Umuwa and Alice Springs.

The Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands cover over 105,000 square kilometres in the north west corner of South Australia. (See Location) It is home to almost 3,000 residents. The Anangu culture is still strong, and Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara is the first language. The scenery is spectacular and includes the Everard, Musgrave and Mann Ranges.


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