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Welcome to Winnunga Community Ngunnawal and 
 Ngambri Country
Canberra

Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and Community Services (WNAHCS) is an Aboriginal community controlled primary health care service operated by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community of the ACT.

Clinical Services

Winnunga has a Board of 6 Aboriginal people elected by the community. Winnunga AHCS sees over 5,000 clients per year and delivers over 60,000 occasions of service per annum.

In Wiradjuri language, Winnunga Nimmityjah means Strong Health. The service logo is the Corroboree Frog which is significant to Aboriginal peoples in the ACT.

Our aim is to provide a culturally safe, holistic health care service for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of the ACT and surrounding regions. The holistic health care provided by WNAHCS includes not only medical care, but a range of programs to promote good health and healthy lifestyles.

We see around 5,000 clients per year and provide around 60,000 occasions of service (excluding transport, groups and administrative services) annually.

In December 2022 Winnunga opened its new 26 million? Clinic. Here is the history of Winnunga and the opening ceremony

Winnunga offers the following services:

Winnunga Nimmityjah Building Opening Saturday 3 December 2022.
ACT Minister for Health, and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Rachel Stephen-Smith and Winnunga Nimmityjah Charirperson, Craig Ritchie perform the Plaque-unveiling.
Photo: Geoff Bagnall

Clinical Services

Services offered include immunisations, health checks, chronic disease management, cervical screening, hearing tests, dental checks, and information and support about diet.

Winnunga Nimmityjah Building Opening Saturday 3 December 2022.
Photo: Geoff Bagnall

Australian Nurse Family Partnership Program

The ANFPP provides information and education to mothers using a strengths-based approach, which builds the mother’s capacity to identify solutions to problems.

Winnunga Nimmityjah Building Opening Saturday 3 December 2022.
Photo: Geoff Bagnall

Social Health

The Social Health Team also runs health promotion campaigns and community activities. One of their main aims is to promote pride in Aboriginal  culture.

Winnunga Nimmityjah Building Opening Saturday 3 December 2022.
Paul Girrawah House applying ochre to dignitaries and community members. An act he described as "calming".
Photo: Geoff Bagnall

Health Promotion

Winnunga AHCS offers a range of health promotion activities and events for the community, including Annual Sorry Day Bridge Walk, holistic health days, the annual Children’s Christmas Party, NAIDOC event and World No Tobacco Day.

Winnunga Nimmityjah Building Opening Saturday 3 December 2022.
Dignitaries and attendees participate in the Smoking Ceremony.
Photo: Geoff Bagnall

Other Services Include:

  • GP and Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Immunisations
  • Health Checks
  • Men’s Health
  • Women’s Health
  • The Boxing Club/Gym
  • Child Health
  • Hearing Health
  • Dental
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry
  • Dietician (nutrition)
  • Needle Syringe Program (NSP)
  • Psychiatrists
  • Counselling
  • Diabetes Clinic
  • Drug and Alcohol Services
  • Quit Smoking Services

All our services are free of charge to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients

Winnunga AHCS is a national leader in accreditation. Winnunga AHCS was one of the first Aboriginal community controlled health services to achieve dual accreditation under RACGP and QIC standards.

Winnunga AHCS has been at the forefront of setting a national agenda for quality improvement in Aboriginal community controlled health and continues to advocate locally and nationally for best practice standards in all operational and governance areas of all Aboriginal health services.

Winnunga AHCS is a NACCHO Affiliate

Winnunga is a long-standing member of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) . The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) is the national leadership body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health in Australia. Our organisation provides advice and guidance to the Australian Government on policy and budget matters while advocating for community-developed health solutions that contribute to the quality of life and improved health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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