Healthy Ageing and Disability

Kungkarrangkalpa Aged Care

We manage the only aged care facility on the Ngaanyatjarra Lands: The Kungkarrangkalpa Aged Care Facility (KACF) in Wanarn. Kungkarrangkalpa means Seven Sisters, an important Tjukurpa [dreaming] story from the Lands. The KACF is an 18-bed facility that provides a home for residents with requirements ranging from low-level to high-level care. There are 16 funded beds and 2 unfunded beds, which are used for respite or end of life care. The residents come from all parts of the Lands.

The Warakurna Artists staff visit fortnightly to assist artistic residents to maintain their cultural heritage through their art. Kungkarrangkalpa is staffed by a RN manager, an RN/EN, personal care assistants and local Indigenous workers.

Home and Community Care

The Home and Community Care program (HACC) provides for the delivery of in-home and day care services (domestic, personal care, meals, transport, advocacy and social interaction) to frail elderly and younger disabled people based on assessed need.  These services are generally delivered by community members and enable clients to stay at home in their communities longer, rather than having to move to residential care, possibly far away from country in a regional centre.

Physiotherapy Outreach Service


To increase the independence of Aboriginal people (Yarnangu) living on the Ngaanyatjarra Lands who require support and assistance in their daily life.


Provide a range of community-based trans-disciplinary allied health services (Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy) based on contemporary best practice with consideration for the rights, views, values and expectations of Yarnangu.

Program Scope:

  1. Provide assessment, intervention and care coordination services for;
    • frail aged (50+ years),
    • people with disabilities
    • babies/toddlers with developmental delay who are experiencing difficulties with mobility and activities of daily living.
  2. Provide assessment, intervention and care coordination services for Yarnangu who require community-based trans-disciplinary allied health services as a result of recent hospital discharge.
  3. Collaborate with community based health and public health programs (e.g. Integrated Chronic Disease Care (ICDC), Environmental Health, TIS, and AOD) as requested by staff of these programs.

These objectives achieved by:

  • visits to 8 communities in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands
  • face to face consults
  • telehealth/videoconferencing
  • myagedcare referrals for prescription and supply of basic mobility and ADL equipment for clients aged 50+years
  • care coordination services
  • participation in community based programs

NB: For NDIS clients please contact the NDIS Care Coordinator or Disability Manager. Allied Health services to NDIS clients will be accessed through their individual NDIS providers.

Please contact the Physiotherapist;



NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme)

Ngannyatjarra Health Services are a registered provider of NDIS services and also assist potential NDIS participants to meet eligibility. A Disability Services Manager has been employed to oversee the process and a team of support workers. The disability team live and work on the Lands and work closely with the communities to achieve the best outcomes for the participant in the context to their culture and environment. All support and services are delivered in a measured and culturally sensitive manner that are reflective of need.
A strong component of the disability program is advocacy regarding the needs of Lands based persons with disabilities as well as establishing working relationships with hospitals and/or collaboration with agencies and other providers to achieve NDIS plan outcomes.