What we do

 What we do

Tjilpi tjuta pampa tjuta nyinanyi ka NPY Women’s Council Disability munu Aged Advocacy Service-ngku tjananya atunymananyi rawangku. Nganana alatji nyinanyi – wiru way, piranpa munu maru tjungu – nganampa tjukurpa. Women’s Council-aku tjukurpa palya mulapa ngaranyi -wiru mulapa.

NPY Women’s Council’s Tjungu Team is doing a fantastic job of looking after the needs of elderly men and women (and people with disabilities).

This is how we work – white people and black people working together – it is a good way and it is our tjukurpa. Women’s Council’s way is the proper way – the wiru way. (Nura Ward, July 2007)

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“Tjungu” means  together in the Pitjantjatjara and Ngaanyatjarra languages. It was chosen by the founding members of the NPY Women’s Council as the title for this team to reflect the fact that aged, disability, and mental health issues often overlap and require workers and families to meet these challenges together.  Wherever possible Tjungu team members work ‘malparara way’ that is, with an anangu or yarnangu co-worker, whether full time, part time or on a casual basis.

The Tjungu team provides support , advocacy and case management to ngaltutjara tjuta – people with disabilities, old people, Anangu and Yarnangu with mental health problems and their carers & families This happens across the tri-State area- the APY lands in SA, the Ngaanyatjarra Lands (WA) and in four communities in the south of the Northern Territory.

Tjungu Philosophy and Principles Support the right of older Anangu and Yarnangu and people with disabilities to live in their communities so that

  • family and relationships can be maintained.
  • spiritual and physical connections with country are maintained

Develop and implement plans with clients and carers, changing them as required

Support clients with disabilities, the aged and their carers:

  • by helping families and other carers to look after them;
  • by advocating for their needs; Ensure:
  • assistance is well planned and co-ordinated;
  • clients and their carers choose the services they want,
  • clients and carers have the right to regular reviews of any plans set up to help them;
  • Anangu and Yarnangu law, culture and ideas guide Tjungu Team practice.

Inform clients:

  • what help is available and how to get it;
  • of their rights with respect to access to services, and privacy
  • about mechanisms for making complaints