Aboriginal Health in Aboriginal Hands: Responding to COVID

“In many ways, we’re creating a blue-print through this partnership – we’re starting right on the ground, in community with the people who need support, and working with them to figure out what they need. It’s also showing funders that if they can place their trust in Aboriginal people to know what’s best for their community, it can enable innovative and flexible outcomes that address the local needs of each community.”

Warren Miller, Executive Strategic Partnership Manager, FNPFWG

The First Nations Philanthropic Funders Working Group (FNPFWG) represents key Aboriginal-led health organisations in South Australia. The Working Group was established to oversee the creation of a community-informed and community-led model to direct philanthropic funding for First Nations communities across the state.

An initial priority of the FNPFWG is to work alongside their communities to respond to the impacts of COVID-19 in ways that best suit their specific situations – ensuring that Aboriginal health is in Aboriginal hands.

The FNPFWG has formed a close partnership with the Fay Fuller Foundation, who provide ongoing resourcing to the Working Group, and more recently, with FRRR. As the Funding Coordinator, FRRR is assisting to administer funds received from major donor partner, Paul Ramsay Foundation, as well as provide support and development for grant processes and procedures, and media and communications.

This funding is dedicated to addressing priorities identified by the Working Group, and the communities they represent, to ensure Aboriginal people are prepared to manage the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 in a way that works best for them. The combination of this partnership approach, together with flexible funding, will ensure solutions for First Nations people in remote, rural, and regional communities are locally-led and locally-determined.

The members of the FNPFWG are:

  1. Nunyara Aboriginal Health Service Inc. (Whyalla)
  2. Yadu Health Aboriginal Health Corporation (Ceduna)
  3. Tullawon Health Service Ltd. (Yalata)
  4. Umoona Tjutajku Health Service Aboriginal Corporation (Coober Pedy)
  5. Moorundi Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service Ltd (Murray Bridge)
  6. Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia Ltd

To learn more about this initiative visit: https://www.fayfullerfoundation.com.au/first-nations-led-health-funding

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Media Release July 2023

Recipient Announcement

“On a recent trip to Port Augusta in SA to meet with the Working Group members it was clear that we’re all learning together through this partnership approach. We bring different strengths to the table, but underlying all of that is the importance of taking time to listen to each other, to ask questions, to build trust and respect as the foundation to then achieving meaningful outcomes.”

Jo Kemp, Philanthropic Services Manager, FRRR