Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi

'Doing Good Work with Families'

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Wendy Brown spoke about Yuendumu Old People’s Program.

YOPP helps people with a disability. We help with showering, transport, meals and medication.YOPP helps visitors too, if they come for sports, royalty meetings, ceremony. I am the chairwoman of YOPP. We have a board of directors to make sure we look after people the right way. We bring our knowledge of what’s important, what we know, and what we have done before.

A good way of running disability services is two ways of rules, side by side: Yapa – Aboriginal way, and Kardiya – European way. Family with disability living in town – in a group home away from their family – we need to look after them too. They might not know their dreamings. Maybe they forgot their language.

They are missing out on what they’ve been doing before. Sometimes the door’s not open for family to go in, or family come to visit but forget about them and go somewhere else in town. They want to be with family.