Nairm Marr Djambana Bunjil statue

VACCHO welcomes Nairm Marr Djambana as newest Associate Member

May 3, 2023

VACCHO is thrilled to announce that Nairm Marr Djambana has signed on as the newest Associate Member to the Organisation.

This exciting new partnership aims to bring more opportunities for culturally safe health and services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community is south-eastern Victoria.

Nairm Marr Djambana was officially launched in November 2016 as a gathering place for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Frankston. Since their launch, Nairm Marr Djambana has listened to the needs and aspirations of their community, providing opportunities for cultural strengthening, connection to Country, and a ‘place to belong.’

VACCHO is excited to work closely with Nairm Marr Djambana to address the health and wellbeing challenges facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Victoria, and to build a stronger, more resilient Community together. Their expertise and insights will be invaluable in helping VACCHO achieve the goals both organisations share.

VACCHO CEO Jill Gallagher says she is honoured to welcome Nairm Marr Djambana as an associate member.

“It’s such a pleasure to welcome Nairm Marr Djambana to the VACCHO family.”

“Getting to work with people throughout Victoria and support our Members in the delivery of high-quality, culturally safe health and social services to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community is a goal we share and it’s exciting to seek and find new opportunities to achieve exactly that,” Jill said.

Nairm Marr Djambana General Manager and proud Gurindji woman, Deb Mellett, says that this is an exciting time for the organisation and is looking forward to working closely with VACCHO and other Members to continue supporting Community.

“Nairm Marr Djambana are honoured to be working in close partnership with the 32 other Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations that are proud VACCHO Members.”

“It’s incredibly important to be part of the VACCHO Membership as the organisation continues to strengthen its foundations to secure the sustainability, efficiency and impact of an Aboriginal self-determining future.”

“Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations have made significant progress in delivering positive health and wellbeing outcomes and providing important advocacy for our community for half a century – and Nairm Marr Djambana are thrilled to be a key part of that journey.”

VACCHO’s membership represents the foundational principles of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community control and holistic health care in Victoria. VACCHO Members are vibrant and diverse organisations that service the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Victoria, delivering culturally appropriate primary health care, childcare, family services, employment services, housing, justice, and all aspects of health and wellbeing.

For more information about Nairm Marr Djambana visit their website.

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VACCHO is the peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing in Victoria – the only one of its kind – with 33 Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations as Members. VACCHO Members support over 65,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Victoria, and combined are the largest employers of Aboriginal people in the state.