Winners announced for Indigenous Governance Awards

Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation (Western Desert Dialysis) was named one of the big winners at the Indigenous Governance Awards in Sydney last night. Western Desert Dialysis looks after Aboriginal renal patients in central Australia and runs the Purple House and the Purple Bus. “It’s their humanity that stands out in their governance,” Awards chair Professor Mick Dodson said. “They strike me as a family that really cares for every member of that family in the way they deliver services. Aboriginal culture has been wrapped around access to modern medicine and allows it to be administered in a holistic and culturally appropriate way.” Murdi Paaki Regional Assembly was honoured as the winner for non-incorporated projects. “Murdi Paaki’s success Comes from the fact they’re made up of community members, which gives them power to advocate,” Prof Dodson said. “They show leadership, vision, and fearlessness, and they are practising self-determination.”