Tjungu means ‘coming together’ in the Pitjantjatjara and Ngaanyatjarra languages.

Our Tjungu program provides support, advocacy, and case management to ‘ngaltutjara tjuta’ – older people, people with disabilities, and people with mental health problems, as well as their carers and families.

Tjungu was chosen as the title for the program to reflect the fact that aged, disability and mental health issues often overlap and require workers and families to meet these challenges together.

Tjungu philosophy and principles support the rights of older people and people with disabilities to live in their communities so that family and relationships, as well as spiritual and physical connections with country, can be maintained.

Support

We inform clients what help is available, how they can access help and their rights with respect to receiving services, maintaining privacy and making complaints. We are there to ensure our clients and their carers choose the services they want and have the right to regularly review any plans set up to help them.

We also offer people practical help for everyday living; such as helping them obtain specialist equipment, and for those in need, helping with bedding and clothing. We may refer people for appropriate financial assistance, and ensure that all of their assistance is well coordinated.

We perform assessments of people’s needs through My Aged Care and work with the NDIS to ensure people receive the best available services. The NDIS Community Connectors on the Lands are a part of our team.

Advocacy

Our staff listen to people’s needs and concerns and offer them support to help solve problems.

Where common issues arise we have discussions with government and other service providers to advocate for our clients and carers’ needs.

Workforce Development

The team also works with people on the Lands who are interested in becoming disability workers. We assist with pre-work checks and introduce them to disability support work.

Tjilpi Pampa Festival

The Tjilpi Pampa Festival gives senior men and women from across the Lands the opportunity to meet and reconnect with family and friends in an environment where they can relax, socialise and undertake activities such as inma and tjanpi.

The first Tjilpi Pampa Festival ran in 1997 and since then has been a regular event helping to maintain Anangu and Yarnangu law, culture and ideas.