About Implementing Services

The ANFPP is implemented by health services across Australia. The program is currently delivered by thirteen partner sites, including the following:

Wuchopperen Health Service, Cairns QLD

Wuchopperen Health Service (WHS) is a multi-disciplinary Health Service owned and managed by the Cairns Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. WHS provides a wide range of quality and professional services dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness, and to the medical, social and cultural needs of local and regional populations. Wuchopperen Health Service has been working for 35 years to ensure both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enjoy better levels of health so their families can contribute to, and share in, the economic wealth, cultural richness and prosperity of Tropical Far North Queensland.

In their ANFFP program, also known as the First Time Mums Program, Wuchopperen staff work to improve the long term health, social and economic future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children by assisting first-time pregnant mums and their families to develop knowledge and skills in essential child and maternal health principles and to give babies the very best start in life. Wuchopperen staff work in culturally appropriate ways to help new families grow strong, proud and resourceful children, and wise, healthy mums and dads. Wuchopperen uses the ANFPP to work towards closing the gap in the rates of illness, injury, disease and early death between Indigenous Australians and the rest of the population.

Institute for Urban Indigenous Health, Brisbane QLD

The Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) leads the planning, development and delivery of comprehensive primary health care services to the Indigenous population of South East Queensland (SEQ). The Institute was established in 2009 by the four Community Controlled Health Services in SEQ to provide for the needs of Australia’s second largest Indigenous population. Our regional network has since expanded to 18 multidisciplinary primary health clinics.  The IUIH Australian Nurse Family Partnership Program is delivered by two teams – North Brisbane is serviced by a team based at Strathpine and South Brisbane by a team based at Goodna. The program covered all the birthing hospitals in greater Brisbane, Logan, Redlands and Moreton Region.

The north team was established in April 2016 and the south in June 2017. Both ANFPP teams are now fully staffed and well established within our communities.

Top End Health Service, Darwin NT

Top End Health Service has been funded to deliver the ANFPP in four remote Aboriginal communities. These communities are Wadeye, Maningrida, Gunbalanya and Wurrumiyanga, where primary health care services are delivered by the Northern Territory Government. The implementation of this adapted international model into the remote Northern Territory setting as an outreach model will be unique in Australia.  One Nurse Home Visitor is allocated to each community and will work alongside a local Strong Women Worker to deliver the program.  The Nurse Home Visitor will fly in and out of the community on a weekly basis throughout the year. The Nurse Supervisor and the office is based at the Palmerston Community Care Centre. 

Danila Dilba Health Service, Darwin NT

Danila Dilba Health Service (DDHS) is Darwin’s only Aboriginal community-controlled organisation providing culturally-appropriate, comprehensive primary health care and community services to Biluru (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) people in the Yilli Rreung (greater Darwin) region of the Northern Territory. With seven clinics in the region, health care services provided by DDHS are focused on acute care, immunisation, chronic disease management, women’s health, men’s health, child and maternal health, sexual health and social emotional well-being. DDHS also provides a range of community programs in area including health promotion, mental health/social and emotional well-being and alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Currently, DDHS delivers improved health outcomes to almost 80% of the Greater Darwin Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.

Wurli-Wurlinjang, Katherine NT

Established almost 40 years ago, Wurli-Wurlinjang Health Service is one of Australia's most mature and experienced Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs). We provide holistic health services to Indigenous clients and visitors living in and around Katherine. The health service began in 1972. In 1983 we relocated to Mialli Brumby and took our name, Wurli-Wurlinjang, from the Jawoyn land near the clinic that is associated with the mosquito dreaming path.

We're governed by a council of people elected from Aboriginal living areas in and around Katherine. The council makes all policy decisions and prioritises the organisation's focus and activities, while receiving advice and information from—and giving direction to—the executive management group. Wurli is AGPAL , and ISO-9001:2008 accredited.

Our staff includes Aboriginal Health Workers, Doctors, Nurses and other Health Professionals. We are proud of the large number of Indigenous staff we employ. Wurli-Wurlinjang takes a holistic approach to the provision of health care through its numerous programs. We deliver a wide range of effective, culturally appropriate health care services to over  7,000 Aboriginal residents of Katherine area communities and an additional 7,000 Aboriginal people who live in over 25 remote Katherine-region communities—representing more than 15 Indigenous language groups—are counted as occasional clients. Wurli-Wurlinjang also auspices Binjari Health Service.

Binjari Health Service provides comprehensive primary health care services to the Binjari community, with a population of 300, located about 15 kms west of Katherine. Binjari Health Service develops and delivers innovative preventative health programs, including culturally developed male health and well being programs.

The Wurli-Wurlinjang Family Partnership Program commenced services in March 2018. We are located between Wurli’s general clinic and our Woman’s and Children’s clinic. We work as part of the clinical team however we have strong links to the Community Services team who provide a wide range of services to Wurli’s clients including the Strong Indigenous Families program, Drug and Alcohol counselling services and mental health services.

Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, Alice Springs NT

The Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Inc (Congress) has for over 30 years established itself as a voice for the Aboriginal people in Central Australia, and today continues to promote a broad approach to improving Aboriginal health. The basic inspiration for Congress remains: Aboriginal health in Aboriginal hands.

The ANFPP office is located in the Jock Nelson Centre, 16 Hartley Street Alice Springs. It is part of Congress Alukura which is a women’s health and birthing centre dedicated to the provision of culturally appropriate antenatal, intrapartum, postnatal and women’s health care through its midwifery led Maternity Service and Women’s Health Clinic. 

Wellington Aboriginal Corporation Health Service (WACHS), NSW

Wellington Aboriginal Corporation Health Service (WACHS) is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation which strives to provide holistic health care to enhance the health and emotional wellbeing of the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community of Wellington, Dubbo, and surrounding districts, as well as Moree, Mt Druitt, Penrith and Blue Mountains areas. WACHS has two ANFPP sites.

ANFPP - Wellington

ANFPP Wellington is one of the initial implementing sites of the Australian Nurse-Family Partnership Program. The ANFPP team is located in Dubbo and offers the program to first time mothers (or first opportunity to parent) who are having an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander baby. The ANFPP Wellington services the areas of Dubbo, Wellington, Narromine and Gilgandra. The home visiting team consists of a Nurse Home Visitor and Aboriginal Family Partnership Worker who deliver guided program content to the mother and their families from pregnancy until the child reaches two years of age.

ANFPP - Balcktown

ANFPP Blacktown is a part of the Greater Western Aboriginal Health Service (GWAHS), an entity of WACHS. GWAHS provides a culturally appropriate comprehensive primary health care service for the local Aboriginal communities of Western Sydney and the Nepean Blue Mountains. GWAHS currently provides multidisciplinary services from a site located in Mt Druitt. The clinical service model includes general practitioners (GPs), Aboriginal Health Workers and Practitioners, nursing staff, reception and transport staff. The service also offers a number of wraparound services and programs focused on child and maternal health, social and emotional wellbeing and AOD, chronic disease, as well as population health activities.

ANFPP Blacktown is offered to first time mums ( or first opportunity to parent)of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children. Mums join the program before their 28th week of pregnancy and the Program continues until the child is two years of age. Home visits are provided by a Nurse Home Visitor and Aboriginal Family Partnership Worker. The program is offered to eligible families who live in the Blacktown Local government area. ANFPP Blacktown started home visiting clients in March 2018.

Durri Aboriginal Corporation Medical Service, Kempsey NSW

Durri Aboriginal Coproration Medical Service provides primary and related health care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the Kempsey region of NSW. The ANFPP program commenced operation in June 2017, caring for mothers and infants in Kempsey and surrounding parts of the NSW central coast.

Nunkuwarrin Yunti, Adelaide SA

Nunkuwarrin Yunti has been a leader in Aboriginal health for over 45 years and is the largest Aboriginal controlled organisation in Adelaide, South Australia. The name Nunkuwarrin Yunti means ‘Working Together – Doing Right Together’ and proclaims our belief in one community sharing a united vision for the future. Guided by this belief, Nunkuwarrin Yunti provides a diverse range of services and programs within the Adelaide metropolitan region that are dedicated to improving the physical, social and emotional well-being, spiritual, cultural and mental health of traditional, rural and urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The Organisation places a strong focus on a client centred approach to the delivery of services and a collaborative working culture to achieve the best possible outcomes for our clients.

The Family Partnership Program accepted our first clients in February 2018. The program sits within the Women Children & Family Health Unit which aims to support safe nurturing environments for pregnant women, infants and children, with an emphasis on early intervention and prevention. The Program is based in the inner western suburb of Adelaide at Mile End, has been funded for the communities in the Central Western and Northern suburbs of Adelaide, and is able to support 45-60 first time mums and their families.

Rumbalara, Shepparton, VIC

Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-operative is a community-controlled organisation that offers a range of health and community services to the Greater Shepparton community. Rumbalara is one of the largest providers of services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Victoria, offering a range of health and community services to achieve optimal quality and standard of living. These services include: community services, justice services, family services, children and school programs, health and wellbeing services, positive ageing and disability services, homecare package services and empowering women and children services. The ANFPP program is implemented as part of the ‘empowering women, children and families’ services, supporting first time mothers with an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander baby to improve pregnancy outcomes, child health and development and parental life course.

Winnunga Nimmityjah, Canberra ACT

Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and Community Services (WNAHCS) is an Aboriginal community controlled primary health care service operated by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community of the ACT. In Wiradjuri language, Winnunga Nimmityjah means Strong Health. The aim of the service is to provide a culturally safe, holistic health care service for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of the ACT and surrounding regions. The holistic health care provided by WNAHCS includes a range of programs to promote good health and healthy lifestyles. Winnunga has been at the forefront of setting a national agenda for quality improvement in Aboriginal community-controlled health and continues to advocate locally and nationally for best practice standards in all operational and governance areas of all Aboriginal health services.


Implementing Organisations - More Information


Wuchopperen Health Service – Cairns

Institute for Indigenous Health - Brisbane North, Caboolture, Pine Rivers (Strathpine)

Institute for Indigenous Health - Brisbane South, Redland, Logan (Goodna)

Northern Territory

Central Australian Aboriginal Congress – Alice Springs, Amoonguna, Santa Teresa, Titjikala, Hermannsburg

Top End Health Service - Thamarrurr inc Wadeye, Maningrida and Outstations, Gunbalanya, Wurrumiyanga

Danila Dilba Biluru Butji Binnilutlum Health Service Aboriginal Corporation - Palmerston, Darwin

Wurli-Wurlinjang Health Service - Katherine

New South Wales

Wellington Aboriginal Corporation Health Service – Wellington, Dubbo, Gilganrda, Narromine

Wellington Aboriginal Corporation Health Service - Blacktown Local Government Area

Durri Aboriginal Corporation Medical Service - Kempsey

South Australia Nunkuwarrin Yunti - Playford, Port Adelaide, Enfield (Adelaide Metro)
Victoria Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-Operative - Campaspe, Shepparton, Moira.
ACT Winnunga Nimmityjah - Canberra North, Canberra South


Last Updated: October 2018