Nindilingarri

Cultural Health Services

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There is a well-worn South African anecdote about a certain Mrs Cohen, who lived in a sea-facing flat on Cape Town’s Beach road during the 1970s. Mrs Cohen was known for her frequent complaints about the view from her balcony, from which she was able to see the goings-on at Graaff’s Pool, a secluded enclave accessed via a path over the rocks, and a vestige for nude bathers.

Graaff’s Pool had an inward view too, as a rendezvous for gay men. The pool reached the height of its popularity during the era in which the immorality act amendments made gay sex illegal. Men would tan naked, take an icy plunge, and pursue other activities that scandalised Mrs Cohen, apparently minding her own business on her balcony.

After repeated complaints, the police eventually visited Mrs Cohen’s apartment to investigate, where they discovered that they could indeed see naked men tanning –but only if perched on a table, necks craning. The bathers were not in Mrs Cohen’s direct line of sight. Instead,discount ray ban it was Mrs Cohen who was exposed as the lascivious voyeur.

This is a story, partly, about the Sea Point promenade in Cape Town and about its vast potential as a public space and site of encounters of difference. It is also a story about what is illicit and what is permissible; what is private and what is public; and about how the boundaries between these two have shifted over the course of South Africa’s history. Fast-forward a couple of decades, and it is now common to see same-sex couples being openly – and legally – affectionate while taking a stroll down the promenade.

Welcome to Nindilingarri Cultural Health Services

Fitzroy Crossing is situated in the heart of the Kimberley, 400km east of Broome, and 290km west of Halls Creek. The Fitzroy Valley extends for a radius of approximately 150km from Fitzroy Crossing. There are more than 45 Aboriginal Communities in the Valley. The population of the Valley is approximately 3,500 people, of whom 80% are Indigenous. There are 5 main Aboriginal language groups, each with their own distinct language and customs

Nindilingarri Cultural Health Services (NCHS) is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (ACCHO). It began in 1995, following a wide reaching community consultation. The consultation aimed to establish the type of health service the local Community wanted. The clear message from this consultation was that the community wanted a holistic, culturally appropriate service that recognises the impact of Aboriginal Law, Culture, Spirit and Land issues on the health of the Community. The Community also specified that they wanted an ACCHO that focused on disease prevention and health promotion. Most importantly, they wanted a service that worked together with the existing, State run, hospital service to avoid duplication of services and improve the quality of services for local people. It was from this consultation that the concept of a partnership between the Fitzroy Valley Health Service (FVHS) and NCHS was formed.

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NCHS has 3 main divisions; these are Health Promotion, Health Services and Community Services. Each of these divisions is split into separate areas, as shown:

Health Promotion:
Health Services:
Community Services:

An all Aboriginal Committee governs NCHS. In line with the Constitution, the Committee is made up of representatives from each of the main language groups within the Fitzroy Valley (i.e. Bunuba, Gooniyandi, Walmajarri, and Wangkatjungka). The NCHS Committee of Management comprises five members and meets several times a year.

Administratively, the organization has a CEO, supported by a Executive Director and a Corporate Services Coordinator. The Executive Director is responsible for all of the above mentioned services as well as the effective and efficient administration of the organization. Each program area and associated staff work group is supported by a Program and Services Team Leader who reports to the Director of Services.

The Latest News from our Community

Annual International FASD Day Celebrations included a march from the Visitors Centre to the Baya Gawiy Child Care Centre followed by lunch, games, prizes, speeches from the community & much mor