Apunipima Cape York Health Council emerged out of a health conference held at Pajinka Wilderness Lodge, near Injinoo, in 1994. The conference was attended by representatives of 17 Cape York communities and associated homelands concerned about poor health status of Cape York Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

Apunipima was officially established on 14 September 1994 as a health advocacy organisation, mandated to inform the Cape York Land Council and the ATSIC Regional Council about health issues on Cape York.

In the two decades since its inception Apunipima has grown from a small advocacy organisation to the largest Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation in Queensland.

With over 150 staff, offices in Cooktown, Mapoon and Coen, the Mossman Gorge health centre and the Kowanyama Mums and Bubs clinic Apunipima is continuing with its mission to eliminate health inequality on the Cape.

Apunipima is now the largest community controlled health organisation in Queensland and delivers a comprehensive primary health care service to 11 Cape York communities. This service includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners, outreach midwives, podiatrists, audiologists, physiotherapists, dietitians and nutritionists, diabetes nurse educators, paediatricians and GPs.

Apunipima adheres to a family centred model of comprehensive primary health care which sees clients as people embedded in families and communities.

In 2006 a Deed of Commitment to transition health services in Cape York to community control was signed by Apunipima, Queensland Health, Mookai Rosie Bi-Bayan, Royal Flying Doctor Service, Far North Queensland Rural Division of General Practice, Queensland Ambulance Service and the Department of Health and Ageing.

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Pajinka Lodge

Apunipima Cape York Health Council emerged out of an indigenous health conference held at Pajinka Wilderness Lodge, near Injinoo, in 1994


Culturally Appropriate Health Care

Apunipima provides culturally appropriate, family centred, comprehensive primary health care.