Aboriginal people succeeding through ability, opportunity and reward for effort
Wunan News News & Updates from the field
Dec 11 2013
DEC13-Kunarra-Medical-v2Kununurra Medical opened its doors on October 1st 2013 at the new Ochre Centre of the Kununurra District Hospital. Operating a private medical practice is a new venture for Wunan. It represents a long held ambition to engage in community health, as an essential component of our strategy and compliment to other programs housing, education and employment; thus providing a holistic view of community well-being.   Read More
Dec 11 2013
DEC13-Regional_Services_Childrens_PlanWunan is very pleased to have been awarded a contract by the Department for Communities to develop a Regional Children’s Services Plan for the Kimberley. The project, funded by Royalties for Regions under the Regional Community Child Care Development Fund is an acknowledgement by Government of the challenges faced by organisations that provide education and care services for children in country areas including the impact of distance, isolation, limited funding and the reliance on community based management committees to manage these services.   Read More
Topic: Education
Dec 10 2013
DEC13-Traditional-HousingThe Transitional Housing Program in Kununurra has been awarded the 2013 WA Premier’s Award for Improving Aboriginal Outcomes. This housing program is a partnership between Wunan, Community Housing Limited and the WA Department of Housing and is based on the model developed by Wunan in 2010.   Read More
Dec 10 2013
DEC13-Social-CompassWunan recently acquired Social Compass, a highly regarded social research company providing robust research and program evaluations for organisations across government, business, university and community sectors. Social Compass has already conducted a considerable body of work  in the Indigenous space, including that previously commissioned by Wunan; a FIFO feasibility study and Real Jobs II examining employment demand in the East Kimberley. Their approach is designed to inform future policy and practice for organisations committed to building stronger communities and promoting social inclusion.   Read More
Dec 10 2013
DEC13-Workforce-Development-CentreThe aim of the Workforce Development Centre (WDC)  is to increase participation in the workforce; particularly among the under-employed, disengaged and under-represented groups in the community. The WDCs mission is to assist individuals of any age and at any point throughout their lives to make more informed educational, training and occupation choices and to manage their careers.   Read More
Topic: Employment
Dec 10 2013
“Swimming the River” is how Wunan Chairman Ian Trust explains the key issues facing Aboriginal people in the East Kimberley. The diagram depicts the impact of European settlement, failure of many Aboriginal people to adapt to the changing environment and damage to people and culture that has resulted. It also proposes a solution – Living Change – whereby Aboriginal people accept responsibility for their future, capitalise on their abilities and, with help, learn to “swim the river” and prosper from the opportunities that exist across the region and beyond.   Read More