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Strengthening families, community and wellbeing in the APY Lands


Mimili sunset

Did you know DHS invests in a broad range of services in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands, helping to strengthen community participation, safety, and wellbeing, for Anangu families and communities?

Working in close partnership with local communities

DHS works in close partnership with each local community as well as service providers, APY Executive, and state and commonwealth agencies, to provide a range of important programs across the region. These include:

  • youth services
  • financial counselling
  • family wellbeing centre coordination
  • family violence supports
  • community connections programs
  • complex needs brokerage
  • supports for older people with disability
  • various community projects through Grants SA.

Investing in services that reflect the needs of each community and strengthen local capacity of Anangu is a vital part of our role.

Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council (NPYWC)

DHS funds the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council (NPYWC) to deliver youth programs in the communities of Mimili, Fregon, Amata, Pukatja and Pipalyatjara.

Just a few examples of the fun, safe and culturally relevant activities available for young people include:

  • weekly basketball, football and softball
  • cook-up nights
  • Friday night discos
  • weekend bush trips
  • separate kungka (female) and wati (male) programs.

These programs support young people’s development while fostering their connection with Country and community.

Money Mob Talkabout

DHS also funds Money Mob Talkabout to manage the Mimili Family Wellbeing Centre and coordinate community wellbeing programs, creating a safe and accessible community space for people to gather, have a yarn and access support from the centre.

A small team within Communities and Services Development regularly works on the APY Lands and, on their most recent trip, were able to spend time checking out the new outdoor landscaping, basketball court, fire pit, gardens and wheelchair-accessible clothesline, recently installed at the Mimili Family Wellbeing Centre, also funded by DHS.

Youth programs in Mimili, Fregon, Puktja, Amata and Pipalyatjara

The team also visited each of the youth programs in Mimili, Fregon, Puktja, Amata and Pipalyatjara and valued the opportunity to spend time on Country, meet the fantastic people running the programs, and work on their Pitjantjatjara, the region’s most widely spoken language.

Related images

Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) youth workers from the Pukatja Youth Shed
The newly landscaped Mimili Wellbeing Centre
The Fregon Youth Shed
Page last updated : 23 Aug 2022

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