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Managing money for your mob – new resources for Indigenous Australians
Need help managing your money? The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) have produced two new MoneySmart videos to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people take control of their money and get help with their debts when they need it.
ASIC’s Indigenous Outreach Program spoke to people in Indigenous communities about the financial issues that affect them and people said they needed help sorting out their money problems and dealing with family pressure about money.
From this, ASIC created two videos which follow the journeys of Uncle Charlie and Lisa as they learn how to take control of their money to look after themselves and their families.
• Sorting out your money problems - Watch here
• Dealing with family pressure about money - Watch here
ASIC’s MoneySmart website has lots of useful tips and tools to help you take control of your money. You can also follow MoneySmart on Facebook and Twitter and sign up to their monthly enewsletter.

Assistance with SA Ambulance Bills

SA Ambulance service believe that all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who require emergency pre-hospuital care should have access when required, without fear of having to pay an unaffordable account.

In August 2004 the SA Ambulance Service met with Government and independent Aboriginal organisations to instigate changes to SA Ambulance policy of fees for Ambulance services.

People of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent can now get help to have ambulane accounts waived. This is to ensure that Indigenous communities utilise ambulance services and are not deterred from requesting assistance for fear of being unable to pay an account. However, Indigenous people who are financially capable of paying for services are expected to do so.

Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people who receive an account they are unable to pay should immediately bring their bill into the Administration Building at Nunyara, along with their health care card so that we can copy these and apply for a waiver on your behalf.

School Screenings

Nunyara Aboriginal Health Service regularly work with Whyalla primary schools to offer all Aboriginal children a School Health Check.

This Health Check looks at children from top to toe – their skin, ear health, eyes, how well they see and how they are growing. We listen to their lungs and heart to make sure they are working properly as well we can tell when things are not right and provide advice further treatment, and referral if necessary.

All children who are checked are given a letter advising the school and parents of what was found and what we recommend should be followed up.

Nunyara Aboriginal Health Service can also provide school age children their vaccinations – please ring the Clinic Receptionist to organise.


Nunayra provide transportation to Aboriginal residents of the Whyalla Community for Medical appointments only.

Medical appointments are defined as;

  • Local GP clinic appointments;
  • Local Specialist Psychological, Surgical and Antenatal appointments;
  • Local Clinical appointments;
  • Local X-Ray appointments;
  • Local Renal Dialysis;
  • Local Occupational Therapists;
  • Local Physiotherapists;
  • Local Prosthetics;
  • Immunisations;
  • Testing’s such as IMVS;
  • Scans;
  • PATS appointments;
  • Prescription drop off and collection;
  • Out patient visits; and
  • Any other follow-up “medical” examinations.


  • All Aboriginal people who are permanent residents of the Whyalla Community;
  • Any other Aboriginal person who is visiting or any Aboriginal person who is staying with permanent residents on a short term basis in Whyalla;
  • The Board of Management consider transport eligibility to non-Aboriginal clients who regularly use the services of the organisation and actively participate in organisational programs. However, this will be left to the discretion of the Transport Officer to make an appropriate decision regarding this matter; and
  • Appointments must be medical related.
  • Transportation will be accepted from the Whyalla Hospital, such as;
  • In patient travel from Whyalla Hospital to Centrelink, Housing SA, local Courts or home residence, residence of family or friends under any circumstances;
  • Home transfers for inpatients upon discharge;

Non Eligible Clients:

  • Transportation will not be considered for any social or personal requests such as;
  • Shopping;
  • Centrelink appointments & requirements;
  • Housing SA appointments & requirements;
  • SA Courts appearances & or requirements;
  • General drop offs around town;
  • Drop offs to visit family or friends around the community;
  • Collection of money from Banks or Post Offices; or
  • Assistance with payment of bills;
  • Transportation will definitely not be considered for;
    • Clients who appear intoxicated on either drugs or alcohol, or under the influence from either of these two substances.

Transport Conditions:

  • Nunyara Aboriginal Health Service request that all transport requests be made 24 hours prior to appointments with clear instructions of nominated appointment dates, times and locations for pick up.
  • Nunyara Aboriginal Health Service will reserve the right to decline and refuse such requests if are not coherent or meet the eligibility requirements listed above.