Achievements & Awards

Notable Achievements and activities

NPY Women’s Council is proud of our many achievements over the years.

Listed below are some notable achievements and activities:


Achievements

  • Negotiations with the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission and Curtin Springs Roadhouse, NT, to obtain a Special Measures Certificate to prohibit the sale of alcohol, 1997; Certificate current;
  • Co-ordination of 330 Aboriginal women to perform in the Sydney 2000 Olympics Opening Ceremony;
  • Development of innovative community development models of service delivery such as the Petrol Sniffing Support Project (now Young People’s Project);
  • National Travelling Exhibition of Ngaanyatjarra Manguri Women’s Weaving; continuing; currently en route from Warburton in WA to the Araluen Centre in Alice Springs; Tjanpi works also acquired by: National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Queensland Art Gallery, Art Gallery of South Australia, Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, National Museum of Australia, Araluen Arts Centre, Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection (USA); and the Kerry Stokes Collection.
  • Extensive participation in SA Coronial inquest 2002, into the deaths of three petrol sniffers from the AP Lands, including separate legal representation for NPYWC, submissions, assistance to Coroner’s office in relation to expert and other witnesses, dissemination of information by radio during inquiry at Umuwa, May-June 2002, and afterwards by translation and distribution of findings; financial assistance by way of grant from Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Foundation;
  • Submission to NT Coronial inquest into the deaths of three petrol sniffers, August 2005;
  • Commissioning of Access Economics Cost Benefit Analysis of the introduction of subsidised Opal ‘unsniffable’ fuel into a wide Central Australian region, along with General Property Trust (GPT) and Central Australian Youth Link Up Service (CAYLUS) – the ‘Opal Alliance’; report launched March 2006. Opal Fuel Analysis Presentation, Opal Fuel Analysis Report, also available at www.gpt.com.au Extensive and successful lobbying to have the Opal Federal subsidy extended to the private retail sector, including in Alice Springs from 1st March 2007;
  • Systemic advocacy and support for Indigenous women’s and family issues at local and national levels.

Awards

NPYWC winner of the 2012 Indigenous Governance Awards presented by Reconciliation Australia and BHP Billiton

Tjanpi Desert Weavers – Winner of a Deadly Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cultural Advancement, September 2012

“No Safe Amount – The effects of alcohol in pregnancy” Winner of a Deadly Award in the category for Outstanding Achievement in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health , NPYWC Child Nutrition Program, September 2011;

International Sigmund Freud Prize from the City of Vienna awarded to the Ngangkari (traditional healers) program, 2011;

“No Safe Amount – The effects of alcohol in pregnancy” campaign Finalist in the 2011 Australian Film and Animation Festival, NPYWC Child Nutrition Program and Halo Productions;

“No Safe Amount – The effects of alcohol in pregnancy” campaign Highly Commended at the National Drug and Alcohol Awards, NPYWC Child Nutrition Program July 2011;

Finalist Excellence in Indigenous Health Awards; Outstanding Delivery in Child and Maternal Health, NPYWC Child Nutrition Program, April 2010;

Mark Sheldon Prize from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry (RANZCP) awarded to the Ngangkari (traditional healers) Program, 2009;

Dr Margaret Tobin Award for excellence in the provision of mental health services to those most in need, Ngangkari Program, 2009;

National Drug and Alcohol Award for Excellence in Prevention” from the National Council on Drugs to the ‘Opal Alliance: NPY Women’s Council, General Property Trust (GPT) and Central Australian Youth Link Up Service (CAYLUS) for successful lobbying to have Opal ‘unsniffable’ low octane fuel subsidised by the Australian Government in commercial retail outlets in the Central region; June 2007;

Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Tjanpi Aboriginal Baskets weavers for the Tjanpi (grass) Toyota, Darwin, August 2005.

Women in Community Policing Award, Australasian Policewomen’s conference, Darwin, August 2005.

Special Mention for “Ngangkari Work – Anangu Way: traditional healers of Central Australia,” Centre for Australian Cultural Studies, Canberra, 2004 Awards;

The Australian Council for Children and Parenting (ACCAP) National Award for the Prevention of Child Abuse in Regional and Remote Areas, Melbourne, Nov. 2001, jointly to NPY Domestic Violence Service and Child Nutrition Project;

Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Award to NPY Women’s Council in the Community Sector, 2000;

Special Mention for the Women’s Centres Book – “Nganana Rawangka Alatji Warkaripai; We Have Been Doing This Work for a Long Time”, 2000. Awarded by the Centre for Australian Cultural Studies Canberra;

An Outstanding Contribution to Australian Culture for the Kungka Career Conference, 1999. Awarded by the Centre for Australian Cultural Studies Canberra;

Excellence in Health Promotion for the Child Nutrition Project, 1997. Awarded by Living Health SA;

Best Practice Award for the Child Nutrition Project, 1997. Awarded by OATSIH;

National Violence Prevention Award, NPYWC Domestic Violence Service 1994 & 1995;