As of April 1st 2017, Apunipima Cape York Health Council will be responsible for the running of Wellbeing Centres in Aurukun, Coen, Hope Vale and Mossman Gorge. The four centres were operated by the Royal Flying Doctor Services (RFDS) for the past eight years.
RFDS implemented a project in 2009 to support the broad social and emotional wellbeing needs of those communities. They had great success and Apunipima is excited to work closely with each community to ensure all needs are met and to continue the vital work RFDS has already done.
Apunipima CEO, Cleveland Fagan said, “This is further confirmation that the community are on the way to achieving community control in the Cape. It is an exciting time for the communities and the organisation, and we are looking forward to continuing on with the great work RFDS has already done.”
CEO Cleveland Fagan went on to explain the approach Apunipima is taking, saying, “The centres will be following our comprehensive model of care, which we adopt across all our centres in the Cape. It’s a holistic approach to improve health and wellbeing for communities and families in Cape York.”
Apunipima has been providing advocacy for the people of Cape York for over 21 years. The organisation employs over 180 staff and services 11 communities across Cape York. Apunipima independently operates Primary Health Care Centres in Aurukun, Coen, Kowanyama, Napranum and Mossman Gorge, and welcomes the addition of the Wellbeing Centres in Aurukun, Coen, Hopevale, and Mossman Gorge.
The four centres will employ a total for 40 positions. There are eight staff members from RFDS coming over to Apunipima to fill eight of the 40 positions. 25 of the positions are community based, the remaining are fly in fly out staff.
Official openings of these four centres are yet to be scheduled.