Pilbara Healing Journey
from the Desert to the Sea
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Pilbara Aboriginal Health Alliance
The Pilbara Aboriginal Health Alliance (PAHA) is a partnership between the three Aboriginal Community Health Services (ACCHS’s) based in the Pilbara region of WA, namely, Mawarnkarra Health Service; Wirraka Maya Health Service; and Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service (Member ACCHS’s ). The priority for PAHA and its Member ACCHS’s is to improve the health outcomes for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander People; Families; and Communities, in the Pilbara region. PAHA is the Gateway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health in East and West Pilbara. PAHA is a registered PBI, Not for Profit Charity organisation.
What PAHA Stands For
The greatest concerns to PAHA are the life expectancy of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families in the Pilbara; the chronic diseases impacting our families; providing access to holistic health services; the impact of grief and loss on families; and increasing the level of health services and programs available to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community.
The Objectives of the Company are to:
maintain a Public Benevolent Institution which will be a not for profit entity organised for the direct relief of suffering among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities which the Company serves and that, as a not-for-profit entity, all its funds and revenue are directed at achieving the Objectives of the Company and undertaking pursuits that may be considered desirable for the promotion of, or deemed necessary or convenient for the purpose of and with a view to carrying out and furthering the Objectives of the Company;
Advocate and represent on the priorities and interests of Pilbara Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health at a regional level;
coordinate Pilbara regional forums; conferences; committees; working groups; and research relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health;
hold and evaluate the collective health data of our Members within a culturally secure environment;
build and maintain strong Partnerships that will support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health in the Pilbara region;
advocates for further funding for East and West Pilbara and to apply for grants and other funds on behalf of our Members and to auspice those funds received to our Members
promote and practice respect for cultural rules, processes, and protocols relating to Pilbara Aboriginal cultures;
be an accountable and transparent representative body;
to strengthen our Member organisations through training; support; and capacity building.
This Alliance began in June 2019 with the three CEO’s and their Directors coming together with the goal of forming a representative body for the Pilbara Aboriginal Health Services.
Mawarnkarra provides the families of Roebourne and surrounding communities with a fully functional and accredited Clinic. We provide a team of health practitioners – including 3 full time doctors plus visiting specialist practitioners. Mawarnkarra also offers the allied health services such as physiotherapy. Mawarnkarra provides outreach programs to remote communities; and health focused education and community events. Mawarnkarra runs a number of social health programs and services such as Tackling Indigenous Smoking, SEWB, Environmental Health, Alcohol and Nutrition and Women’s Safehouse. Mawarnkarra is also a NDIS provider.
Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service (PAMS) is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service located in the East Pilbara region and delivers services in communities located in the Great Sandy, Little Sandy and Gibson Deserts. PAMS provides comprehensive health services supported by visiting clinicians and allied health practitioners to the Martu Nyiyaparli people in the four communities of Newman Jigalong, Parnngurr, Punmu and Kunawarritji. The Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service (PAMS) aims to provide the highest standard of patient care whilst incorporating a holistic approach toward diagnosis and management of illness.
Wirraka Maya Health Serviceis an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service designed to ensure that clients journey through the health system meets their medical, health, social and cultural needs. WMHSAC offers a comprehensive counselling service and provides a full array of mental health and life determining services to the local and surrounding communities. WMHSAC is also a registered NDIS provider and a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) that delivers Certificate IV in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care for students from across the Pilbara region.