The timeline below depicts some significant events before and after the establishment of the Ngangganawili Aboriginal Health Service.
Gold mining boom and swells in population prompt infrastructure development including a regular railway service to Perth, four hotels and general amenities and facilities
Construction of the Wiluna Hospital comprising during the town’s resurgence
|1940's||Indigenous peoples of the Western Desert began visiting and residing in the Wiluna town.|
|1957||Establishment of the Seventh-Day Adventist Mission. Indigenous children separated from their parents and friends, placed in mission facilities, and discouraged to sharing of traditional cultural information, practices and beliefs. |
Downturn in the mining industry leading to decline in population
|1971||The introduction of non-restrictive drinking rights for Indigenous people in Wiluna|
|1973||Aboriginal Medical Service established in Perth|
|1981||The inaugural Wiluna Shire Office commenced operation in the former Hospital building|
Gold mining recommenced in the Wiluna area
|Late 1980's||Move to centralise services and the indigenous community in town. |
Establishment of Aboriginal business enterprises including an Emu Farm.
National Aboriginal Health Strategy developed
|Early 1990's||The community Doctor, Nurse, and community member Richard Whittington worked with the Aboriginal community to advocate for better health services base.|
Wiluna Nursing post seeing 15 Indigenous people per day
New boundaries for the Shire of Wiluna drawn with Shire elections with the community Doctor, Nurse, and community member Richard Whittington being elected as councillors.
Many non-Indigenous did not accept the now Aboriginal controlled nursing post and transferred their medical records to mainstream GP services in Meekathara
Funding levels from the Australian Government set at $730,000. Three staff employed at the service.
Own source revenue through Medicare billing at $30,000
The Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health formed by the Australian Government
Ngangganawili Aboriginal Health Service gaining greater support in the wider community
Home And Community Care program established
Sobering Up Shelter and Night Patrol service commenced and managed by Ngangganawili Aboriginal Health Service
Community policing negotiated with the Wiluna Police
Western Australian Government Office of Aboriginal Health established
|1997||Successful advocacy for more roads to be sealed|
Home And Community Care building erected
Western Australian Government Aboriginal Health Strategy released
|2005||Parenting and Early Childhood Centre erected|
|2006||Successful advocacy for a community swimming pool |
|2007 and beyond|
Karalundi clinic erected
Ngangganawili Aboriginal Health Service reached 32 FTE staff and 60 casual
Funding levels from the Australian Government set at $2.7m
Own source revenue through Medicare billing at $130,000
Demand levels on the service continue to increase with the facility deemed non compliant with Western Australian Government Licensing Standards for the Arrangements for Management, Staffing And Equipment for Private Nursing Posts due to the facility not being designed for the volume of people using the service.
50/50 funding agreed to for new clinic from State and Australian Governments for a new clinic in Wiluna