Exciting news for the Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Aboriginal Corporation (The Purple House) who have won the Indigenous Governance Award! This Awards was first established in 2005 by Reconciliation Australia and BHP Billiton to acknowledge good Indigenous leadership and management.

Held every 2 years, the award provides opportunities to identify and celebrate effective governance in Indigenous organisations and initiatives. The 2016 Indigenous Governance Awards were announced in Sydney on the 24th November 2016 with Western Desert Dialysis being revealed as winners of the award for incorporated organisations. Professor Mick Dodson, Chair of the Indigenous Governance Awards, commented that he was impressed with the organisation’s humanity, likening it to a family where every member is looked out for and cared for. The award was accepted by Director Marlene Spencer and CEO Sarah Brown. Murdi Paaki Regional Assembly from NSW were announced as winners of the 2016 Indigenous Governance Award for non-incorporated initiatives.

The 2016 awards are the second time that Western Desert Dialysis have been in the running – they were finalists in 2012 also when the award was taken out by NPY Women’s Council. The 2014 award was won by Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation. Directors, staff and patients of the Purple House were all very excited to receive the award.

Marlene said ‘We’ve been working a long time and I’m happy with this one’. As winners Western Desert Dialysis receive $20,000 prize money which the directors have agreed to put towards the Pukatja Dialysis Fund. The fund will be used to pay for the first 12 months operating expenses for dialysis in Pukatja (Ernabella).

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