Bungala Aboriginal Corporation has for many years delivered a range of services in Oodnadatta for certain categories of Indigenous members of the Dunjiba Community, both through the federally funded Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP), funded by Department of Social Services and the state funded Home and Community Care Program (HACC), funded by the Department of Community and Social Inclusion.
Bungala continues to deliver these services through a team of currently seven members (one supervisor, four staff and two school-based trainees), working with clients aged between 55 and 80 years. Some of the staff also receive training through TAFE SA in Home & Community Care (Certificates III and IV) and Disability.
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CHSP – Commonwealth Home Support Program
The Commonwealth Home Support Program in Oodnadatta is delivered by Indigenous workers to offer assistance to frail and older members of the community, with the aim to allow them to remain as independent as possible in their own homes and the community for as long as they can or choose to be. These services include:
- Domestic Assistance: To assist people with domestic chores to maintain their capacity to manage everyday activities in a safe, secure and healthy home environment.
- Meals: To provide access to meals and opportunities for social participation and interaction during the meals.
- Social Support (Group): To assist people to participate in community life and feel socially included through structured, group based activities that develop, maintain or support independent living and social interaction.
- Social Support (Individual): To assist people to participate in community life and feel socially included through meeting their need for social contact and company.
- Transport: To provide people with access to transport services that support their access to the community.
HACC – HOME AND COMMUNITY CARE
Community health services in the country are a major provider of home and community care services, and Bungala provides these domiciliary services in Oodnadatta for older people (or younger people with disabilities), allowing them to remain at home.
Funded by the Department for Community and Social Inclusion (DCSI), the services on offer include:
- Personal care – including showering / dressing support
- Equipment – Access to and loaning of equipment required
- Shopping assistance
- Allied health services
- Transport: Assistance to get people to and from grocery shopping, medical appointments and other commitments
- Meals: Up to two meals per day
- Domestic care – House cleaning, laundry, Personnel Hygiene and yard maintenance
- Social Support Groups: Art and crafts, country activities and fishing
- Social Support Individual: Advocacy to mainstream services
All projects under the Bungala Pastoral umbrella aim to return under-used or un-used properties to their previous economic capacities, and to provide Work for the Dole opportunities for Aboriginal workers.
Emeroo Station is a 6.386 hectare property 15km outside of Port Augusta, a previously under-used pastoral property being restored to economic production under the Government funded North West Indigenous Pastoral Project. Through the project Aboriginal workers find employment and additional on the job training through building maintenance, fencing, construction and painting, to name a few. The old Emeroo Station Homestead has already been restored through the project, and is now used for training purposes.
Ostrich Farm, located adjacent to Emeroo Station, is a 4.966 hectare property and is undergoing a similar transformation after having been dormant for years, now offering multiple employment opportunities to Indigenous workers.
Work for the dole
Bungala works closely with local, State and Federal Governments as well as corporate and private entities to secure contracts that offer employment and training opportunities through the Work for the Dole Scheme. This includes building maintenance, fencing, painting, water management and construction.