Legislative Council: Wednesday, November 30, 2022


Tullawon Health Service

The Hon. I. PNEVMATIKOS (14:40): My question is to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs. Will the minister inform the chamber about the 40th anniversary celebrations of the Tullawon Health Service?

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector) (14:40): I am very pleased to be able to inform the member of the 40th anniversary celebrations of Tullawon Health, and I thank the member for the question. Recently, I was pleased to attend a celebration for the 40th anniversary of the Tullawon Health Service Incorporated. The Tullawon Health Service is an Aboriginal community-controlled health organisation that provides health care and chronic disease prevention information to the Yalata Aboriginal community on the Far West Coast of South Australia.

Tullawon provides a myriad of Aboriginal health-focused and wellbeing services, including primary health care, child and maternal health, aged care, alcohol and other drug services and much more. The Yalata clinic has a visiting GP and allied health as well as specialist services from, amongst others, the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Tullawon also serves as a 24/7 emergency response service to residents of Yalata.

Services from Tullawon Health have been running for the past 40 years, and so this celebration was a great opportunity to reflect on all that has been achieved by the service and to celebrate the wonderful work of past and present staff and members of the board who are continuing the good work.

It was a night to celebrate the past 40 years, with addresses made by the CEO of the national peak body NACCHO, Dr Dawn Casey, and by the South Australian peak body CEO Shane Mohor, from the body that Tullawon Health is a part of. There were several awards presented on the night, and I wish to offer my congratulations to all who were acknowledged in this way. In particular, two lifetime achievement awards were presented to Uncle Fabian Peel, in honour of the longest individual association with Tullawon Health Service, and also to Aunty Lauren Peel, in honour of being the longest serving employee. I congratulate both and thank Uncle Fabian and Aunty Lauren for their dedication, passion and commitment to Tullawon Health over the years.

It is people such as these that make a huge impact on local communities like Yalata, and I am sure Tullawon Health Service will continue to benefit from their contribution for years to come. I want to make a special note of, and thank you to, all the organisers of the evening, and especially to the event management company We Create Print Deliver, which is a 100 per cent Aboriginal owned and operated Supply Nation certified event organising business. It was a particularly good event to catch up with people in the sector and to catch up with local people from the Far West Coast of South Australia.