Nganampa Health Council’s mental health program commenced in 2007. We employ two mental health nurses who are both based on the APY Lands. Three psychiatrists make regular visits.

The staff on this program coordinate visits made by psychiatrists, participate in visits made by the Guardianship Board, manage the care of our patients who have a mental illness, perform case management work, liaise with other service providers on the APY Lands who offer mental health services,  and provide counselling services where appropriate.

In addition, Nganampa Health Council employs a social worker to provide social support to patients which can include patients with mental health issues. This position is based in Alice Springs and much of the support is provided in Alice Springs. The position is funded by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Residents of the APY lands should talk to our clinical staff if they are worried that a family member may have a mental illness, as our mental health team may be able to assist.

Nganampa Health Council gratefully acknowledges the financial and other support from Country SA PHN, the Rural Doctors Workforce Agency and the Australian Government Department of Health.