The Spinifex Health Service is an expanding Aboriginal Community-Controlled Health Service located in the Tjuntjuntjara Community on the Spinifex Lands, 680km north-east of Kalgoorlie in the Great Victoria Desert region of Western Australia.
Servicing a close knit community of around 180 people, the Health Service is managed by the Paupiyala Tjarutja Aboriginal Corporation, a non-profit community organisation with responsibility for the administration and management of Tjuntjuntjara.
The organisation operates a comprehensive primary health service with a team of skilled health professionals including a Medical Director, visiting specialists, remote area nurses and Aboriginal Health Workers. The Tjuntjuntjara Clinic supports regular monthly visits by our Medical Director-GP, visiting specialists and fortnightly GP clinics provided by the Royal Flying Doctor Service. With a range of health programs and clinical services designed to meet local needs, the Spinifex Health Service presents a golden opportunity to make a difference in one of the most remote and cohesive communities in the country.
The people of Tjuntjuntjara are known today as the Spinifex People, the traditional custodians of 55,000 square kms of Spinifex Native Title Determination area. The community is situated 680km north-east of Kalgoorlie within the Shire of Menzies, approximately 10 hours` drive from Kalgoorlie. It has a resident population of around 180 people, including the world renowned Spinifex artists. Cultural events often attract several hundred visitors.
Since establishing Tjuntjuntjara within their traditional homelands in 1989, the community has steadily grown and developed into a stable and important focus for the traditional cultural cycles of WesternDesert life. People from throughout the region with traditional attachment to the area have returned to live at Tjuntjuntjara. Despite the community`s isolation and remoteness, the Spinifex People`s determination to live in their country and provide strong local governance and stability for a highly dedicated workforce makes Tjuntjuntjara a unique place to live.
Tjuntjuntjara is an alcohol free community.