Out & About: South West Sydney

Executive director at Youpla, Isaac Simon (left) being presented with a hand-painted emu egg from CEO of TAC (Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation), Darryl Wright.

June 6, 2019

Out & About: South West Sydney

In March we were invited to visit the Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation Aboriginal Medical Service, which is located in the suburb of Airds in the Macarthur region of South Western Sydney.

South Western Sydney covers a broad geographical region comprising seven local government areas (Bankstown, Liverpool, Fairfield, Campbelltown, Camden, Wollondilly and Wingecarribee LGAs) covering 6241 km2.

The population of Airds, where Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation/Aboriginal Medical Service is located, comprises approximately 13% Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation (TAC) is a multifunctional Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation incorporated in 1983 under the Aboriginal Councils & Associations Act 1975. The Community appoints its Directors to the Board every two years.

TAC was awarded the GP Practice of the Year Award in 2008 and is an Accredited General Practice with the Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited. TAC stretches its services throughout the Local Government Area of Campbelltown, Camden and Wollondilly. It records an Indigenous population of 5,192 in total according the 2006 Commonwealth Census with over 70% residing in Campbelltown.

The Youpla team were taken on a tour of the TAC with CEO Darryl Wright. Services include audiology service, cardiology, clinical allergy and immunology, dental, dietician, GP doctor, neurology services, orthopaedic surgery, paediatric medicine and respiratory medicine.

TAC has a patient register of 3800 patients (about 95% Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders) which is about the number of Indigenous people recorded in Campbelltown in 2006.

This year, Darryl Wright was named as a Member of the Order of Australia for his tireless and passionate work servicing Indigenous communities across NSW.

Director of Youpla, Isaac Simon, said it was a privilege to meet Darryl and to learn about TAC.

Darryl presented Isaac with a hand painted emu egg at the meeting as a symbol of good faith on his journey as the new Aboriginal owner of Youpla.

This article is from Youpla Yarns. To read more like it, as well as other stories from the community, download the full version here:

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