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Nganampa Health Council board and staff members are deeply saddened about the passing of Yami Lester OAM on Friday, 21st July 2017.To work with Yami was an inspiration. His sense of humour, his professionalism, his cross cultural awareness and skills, his attention to detail and his love for all Aboriginal people and above all his total commitment to social justice provided a model that inspired many other people, both black and white, to take up the fight.

The photo is of the first UPK meeting with SA Health circa 1985 in Adelaide. Yami was instrumental in this project.

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Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) is sadly still a common problem in remote Aboriginal communities. The APY Lands are no exception with more than 50% of the known cases of RHD in South Australia on the APY Lands.

With funding from the Commonwealth and State Government, we operate a RHD program to better manage patients with this condition. The program has been very successful with better medication compliance. See the graph below.

RHD graph
Congratulations to our visiting podiatrist Sara Jones for winning the Chancellors Award for Community Service from the University of South Australia. The prize money will be used to purchase equipment that will be used on their visits to the APY Lands. Sara and Cyndi run a fantastic podiatry service.
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Anangu staff at our Tjilpi Pampaku Ngura (Aged Care Facility) have, since 2006, been receiving training from Tafe SA. The training has been very successful and a large number of Anangu have received certificates in aged care. You can read about this program at this link and also this link.

Thanks to Tafe for all your assistance with this program over the years and congratulations to all our staff who have obtained certificates through the training.
Our annual STI screen starts today. This is a very important and successful program that has improved the health of the residents of the APY Lands. We encourage everyone to go to our clinics for a check.

You can read about the achievements of this program here.
We are very pleased about the announcement that the South Australian Government will be providing us with funding for new ambulances. For the first time, the APY Lands will have dedicated ambulances and this will reduce the time it takes to respond to medical emergencies.
Nganampa Health Region
Umuwa Office
tel: (08) 8954 9040
fax: (08) 8956 7850
Alice Springs Office
3 Wilkinson Street
tel: (08) 8952 5300
fax: (08) 8952 2299
postal: PO Box 2232, Alice Springs, NT, 0871
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Nganampa Health Council acknowledges and pay respects to the traditional custodians of all the Lands, esp the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands, on which we work.