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Ngangkari healers program



The Ngangkari healers program is delivered throughout the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankuntjatjara lands of South Australia (SA) and across the borders in Western Australia and the Northern Territory. The healers aim to provide healing and promote the health and well-being of Anangu and non-Anangu people. 

They work hand-in-hand with western medical practitioners and health professionals to provide a holistic two-way care to their patients.

In SA the Ngangkari are often used in mental health and in the prison system. The Ngangkari use a combination of coaxing and massage to restore the spirit balance within the body. 

The program also provides:

The program is also available for hospitals and health care services in rural and urban areas.

Abstract adapted from Anangu Ngangkari Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation

Related publications

Panzironi F (2013)

Hand-in-Hand. Report on Aboriginal traditional medicine.

Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (APY): Aṉangu Ngangkaṟi Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation (ANTAC)

This report investigates the status of Aboriginal traditional medicine in Australia and assesses the extent that Aboriginal traditional medicine is recognised and integrated in the health care system. It provides a systematic response to the issues and challenges identified and establishes the foundations for the recognition of Aboriginal traditional medicine in Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health policy.

It proposes a new South Australian statewide policy framework which builds on the strengths of current arrangements and untangles the identified barriers. The proposed policy framework establishes a two-way health care model to guarantee Aboriginal traditional healing is systematically provided hand-in-hand with western medicine.

Please note: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this report contains references to people who have since passed away.

Abstract adapted from Anangu Ngangkari Tjutaku Aboriginal Corportation


Last updated: 4 March 2016
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