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April Martin “We are from different communities and we speak different languages, but we understand each other. Today we want to tell you some stories from our communities about helping people with disability live a good life”.

A bit about Waltja: “Waltja is governed by a board of directors who are all Aboriginal women who live in the remote communities where we work. Waltja provides services to communities like youth work, disability, art and social enterprise, and Waltja holds aged and disability festivals”.

Our core values and principles are around families, local services driven by local people and we work in partnership with families and other organisations.

We have big meetings 3 times a year where Directors get together. We talk about what’s happening in our communities. We share ideas and good ways of doing things. Directors make decisions about what Waltja should do. We look at funding and work with the auditor to look after the money in a proper way.

I was an Aboriginal health worker for over 20 years and I was involved with aged and disability working with physios and OTs. When we started up aged and disability in Willowra in 93 or 94 we worked with Remote Health, Government allied health, Congress Aboriginal Medical Service, Tangentyere and other communities like Yuendumu and Nyirrpi all working well together.

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