Our History/Story

Wyanga (Earth) Malu (Mother)

The core of the spirit of Aboriginal people is Mother Earth and it is within this spirit that Wyanga Aboriginal Aged Care Program delivers activities and services to the Elders of Redfern and Eastern Suburb areas. We acknowledge and pay respect to the Gadigal people of the Eora nation upon whose land we stand.

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Wyanga was founded in 1996 by Sylvia Scott (nee Ingram), a Wiradjuri Elder from Cowra, NSW; and Mary Silva, a Dunghutti Elder from Kempsey, NSW. The vision of these remarkable women was to improve access to care and support for Elders in the community with a committment to ensuring that services be provided by trained Aboriginal staff dedicated to high quality aged care standards. The valuable contribution of Elders within the community is the foundation upon which Wyanga was formed and continues to grow.

In 1996, ten Home Care Packages were allocated to Wyanga by the Commonwealth Government. Wyanga gained its autonomy and incorporation as a community controlled organisation in December 1999. Wyanga’s continued growth and sustainability was strengthened in 2005 when the Indigenous Land Corporation purchased an old plumbing shop and renovated the entire building to cater the needs of Wyanga’s staff and Elders. In addition to in-home services the centre offers a wide range of activities including scrapbooking, jewelry making, transport, outings, cultural excursions, story writing, workshops and health forums.

Wyanga’s Vision Statement is ‘Strive for Excellence and best practice in the provision of culturally appropriate services and quality care for our Elders in their own homes and in the community’.