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

We also give people practical assistance to help them with everyday living; like helping them get specialist equipment, clothing, bedding, or household goods. This may also include helping people manage their finances and ensuring that all of their assistance is well coordinated.

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.

Tjilpi Pampa Festival

The Tjilpi Pampa Festival gives elders from across the APY Lands the opportunity to meet and reconnect with family and friends with local entertainment, activities, and support providers.

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