NPYWC Director Margaret Smith with Hon. Dale Wakefield MLA (NT Minister for Territory Families, Minister for Renewables, Energy & Essential Services), CEO Andrea Mason and NPYWC Director Yanyi Bandicha at the 2019 NPYWC Symposium

2019 NPY Women’s Council Symposium a gathering of big ideas

Wangka kutjunguru pukulapringula Symposium nganampa wirunya nganana palyantja!

“It makes us happy to gather together at the symposium and share great ideas!”

This year’s NPYWC Symposium was a celebration of the achievements of all departments over the last 12 months and an important forum to discuss NPY Women’s Council’s vision for the future.

The theme of this year’s symposium was “Your Value, My Value, Our Value Together” which was evident in the various presentations and workshops throughout the two days.

NPY Women’s Council’s commitment to becoming a trauma informed workplace has been a critical discussion between both Anangu staff and clients as well as piranpa (non-Anangu) staff allowing a structure of care, understanding and compassion to become a firm priority across the organisation. The Uti Kulintjaku mens group discussed in depth the ground breaking work they have been doing to encourage engagement between senior men and young men around all aspects of trauma and healing. The Uti Kulintjaku ladies presented their strategies for self care – including a guided meditation session.

The Symposium displayed NPY Women’s Council’s dedication to language and culture with many activities based around piranpa (non-Anangu) staff expanding their vocabulary in Pitjantjatjara  – guided by Director’s and translators.

NPY Women’s Council is very grateful for all guest speakers who attended including:

Dr Craig San Roque PhD

Dr Marcus Talbart (Psychiatrist – head of mental health service in Central Australia)

Rod Moss (local artist & author)

Blythe McAuley, Program Manager, Therapeutic Care Program, Australian Childhood Foundation

Hon. Dale Wakefield MLA (NT Minister for Territory Families, Minister for Renewables, Energy & Essential Services)

Robyn Shaw from Tangentyere Design Architects

Tony Messenger and Kevin Johnson from the Larapinta Extreme Walk fundraising project