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.

Allied Health: Physiotherapist

The Physiotherapist assist people of all ages on the Lands and aim to increase the independence of Aboriginal people living on the Ngaanyatjarra Lands who require support and assistance in their daily life, so they are able to achieve their goals. They physiotherapist provide a holistic approach with attention to people’s physical, spiritual, cultural, environmental, social and emotional strengths and needs.

Services include:

  •     Aged and disability mobility assessments/advise/treatment
  •     Home exercise prescription/review
  •     Paediatric gross motor assessments/treatment for developmental delay
  •     Assessment of activities of daily living
  •     Home assessment, advise and follow up for home modifications (including rails and ramps)
  •     Assessment for mobility and ADL equipment, and provision of the equipment through CAEP, CHSP or HCP
  •     Liaising with regional hospitals allied health departments and families in communities for discharge planning for clients post rehabilitation
  •     Follow up post hospital discharge for orthopaedic and rehabilitation clients.

 

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.
If you would like to know more please contact the Disability Services Manager.