About Us

Our Mission

We seek to be an effective Warlpiri-led organisation that provides education, early intervention, crisis support and care services to improve the social, cultural, spiritual and emotional wellbeing within the four Warlpiri communities of Lajamanu, Nyirrpi, Willowra and Yuendumu.

  • Healthy, resilient and socially engaged children and young people
  • Strong nurturing families
  • Safe, vibrant communities
  • Strong advocacy for Warlpiri people

Our Values

We believe that health does not just mean the physical wellbeing of the individual but refers to the social, emotional, cultural and spiritual wellbeing of the community. We strive to support children, families and young people, from across Warlpiri country, to achieve their full potential and to help them build strong futures. We value honesty and integrity in all we do.

Guiding Principles

Warlpiri patu kurlangu

Warlpiri Leadership and Ownership

Kurdu-kurduku jungarni yaninjaku

Positive and meaningful pathways for young people and families

Mardarni-njaku kurdu-kurdu jintangka

Support for Warlpiri youth and families to deal with hard times

Nguru-ngka taarnga-juku warrki-jarrinjaku manu
nyiya-kanti-kanti mampu-ngku mardarni-njaku

Sustainable resources and infrastructure on country

Jinta-ngka karlipa warrki-jarrimi manu kalipa nyanu purda-nyanyi

Yapa manu kardiya jinta-marri-marri-warrki jarrimi

Unique and responsible working relationships

Yapa and Kardiya working together

WYDAC Board

Executive

Jimmy Langdon (Chairperson) *
Jean Brown (Chairperson) *
Lottie Robertson (Deputy Chairperson) *
Enid Gallagher (Treasurer)
Gina Spencer (Female Youth Representative)
Robin Brown (Male Youth Representative)

Directors

Clifford (Scotty) Brown *
Katrina Brown
Kirsty Ann Brown
Margaret Brown
Peggy Brown OAM (Program Founder)
Simone Brown
Allan Dickson
Geraldine Dixon
Harry Dixon
Agnes Donnelly
Anna Lisa Egan
Cedric Egan
Kathleen Gibson
Myra Herbert
Julie Kitson

Shaun Kitson
Lucky Langdon
Teddy Long
Steven Marshall
Violet Marshall
Vivienne Marshall
Barbara Martin
Valerie Martin
Margarina Miller *
Valarie Patterson
Beth Patrick
Jerry Patrick
Steve Patrick
Thomas Rice
Alma Robertson
Azaria Robertson
Eddie Robertson
Andrea Tasman
Lance Turner
Louis Watson
Thomas Watson
Glenda Wayne
Maisie Wayne
Nellie Wayne
Freddy Williams *
Grace Williams
Warren Williams *
Bruno Wilson

* Traditional Owner (Mt Theo)

Management

Jean Napanangka Brown
Chairperson

Jimmy Japanangka Langdon
Chairperson

Johanna Ward
CEO

Lottie Napangardi Robertson
Deputy Chairperson, Senior Cultural Advisor and Outstation Carer (Yuendumu)

Enid Gallagher
Treasurer and Senior Cultural Advisor (Yuendumu)

Peggy Nampijinpa Brown OAM
Program Founder, Senior Cultural Advisor and Outstation Carer

Thomas Jangala Rice
Senior Cultural Advisor (Yuendumu)

Eddie Robertson
Senior Cultural Advisor and Outstation Carer (Yuendumu)

Jerry Patrick
Senior Cultural Advisor (Lajamanu)

Steve Patrick
Senior Cultural Advisor (Lajamanu)

Lance Turner
Senior Cultural Advisor (Nyirrpi)

Teddy Long
Senior Cultural Advisor (Willowra)

Julie Kitson
Senior Cultural Advisor (Willowra)

Gráinne Martin
Finance Manager (Yuendumu)

Liam Campbell
Contracts and Communications Manager (Alice Springs)

Jean Manda
HR and Quality Manager (Alice Springs)

Management and Administration

  • Promote strong Warlpiri governance, leadership and employment
  • Robust quality management system ensures adherence to legislative & contractual compliances
  • ISO 9001:2008 Accreditation since 2011 and audited annually
  • Financial accountability overseen by the Board, accounts reviews, annual independent audit

Program History

WYDAC, then Mt Theo Program, was started in 1993 by the Yuendumu Community to address chronic petrol sniffing in Yuendumu. Elders of the Yuendumu Community initiated and ran the program at their own expense, with additional support from local organisations such as the School and Shop. There was no other initial formal funding.

The program began by taking those young people who were sniffing petrol to Mt Theo Outstation, some 160km from Yuendumu. At Mt Theo Outstation, elders cared for the youth, as part of a cultural rehabilitation program on sacred and remote Warlpiri country. Mt Theo Outstation clients spend time in the cultural respite and rehabilitation program, where they reconnect with their culture, family, health and education in a supportive and caring remote bush environment. Clients may present with any ‘youth at risk’ issue, not just for petrol sniffing or substance misuse, and are referred by Community Elders, Police and Corrections. Since 1993 Mt Theo Outstation has taken over 500 young Warlpiri clients from over 14 different communities, including Alice Springs.

The other core service introduced in 1993 was a comprehensive Youth Diversionary Program in Yuendumu. Elders saw the underlying need for youth to be engaged, interested and challenged by activities outside of school hours and thus not engage in at risk behavior. In 2002 the Yuendumu youth diversion program was expanded beyond basic ‘sport, rec and entertainment’ to a comprehensive youth development service aimed at facilitating strong future pathways and leadership activities. This Jaru Pirrjirdi (Strong Voices) program focused on the creation of meaningful life and pathways for Yuendumu youth through additional assistance with education, training, employment and targeted project work.

Elders of other Warlpiri communities noted the strength of these efforts and in 2004 in Willowra, 2007 in Nyirrpi and 2008 in Lajamanu, WYDAC was invited, and funded, to implement youth diversion and development programs in each of these three communities. In 2008 this also saw the development of Yuendumu Swimming Pool. WYDAC now has permanent full time staff in each of these communities providing positive, healthy, engaging and challenging diversionary and development activities for youth of all ages. These youth programs also serve as a critical referral and aftercare pathway for the client services such as Mt Theo Outstation and the Counselling teams.

Clients in Yuendumu are supported by the Warra-Warra Kanyi Counselling program. Since 2009, our professionally qualified counsellors and local staff provide skilled individual and group client support within Yuendumu. This service also includes an after-hours crisis response service. More recently the Client Services team has also extended its services to also provide client counseling, support and education services to the WYDAC Outreach communities.

Youth Services

Yuendumu

Vivienne ‘Mingo’ Marshall
Jaru Pirrjirdi Youth Development Worker

Roxanne Fry
Jaru Pirrjirdi Youth Development Worker

Andrea Tasman
Jaru Pirrjirdi Youth Development Worker

Kira Briscoe
Jaru Pirrjirdi Youth Development Worker

Savio Monteiro
Youth Development Worker

Jasmine Bates
Youth Development Worker

Jintangka Mardaninjaku

Jean Brown
Community Development Worker


Yuendumu Swimming Pool

Parua Riwaka
Pool Coordinator

Valerie Martin
Cultural Supervisor


Lajamanu

Cassie Nugent
Jaru Pirrdjirdi Coordinator

Steven Morton
Sport and Rec Mentor

Peter Ajak
Youth Team Leader

Jane Lee
Youth Development Worker

Odessa Tippett
Youth Development Worker

Juany Simon
Youth Development Worker

Jennifer Burks
Lead Educator – Lajamanu Early Learning Centre


Willowra

Andrew Graham
Youth Development Worker

Antoinette Glen
Jaru Pirrjirdi Youth Development Worker

Bradley Forrest
Jaru Pirrjirdi Youth Development Worker


Nyirrpi

Lance Turner
Cultural Advisor and Sport and Rec Worker

Swastika Aryal
Youth Development Worker


Learning Centres

Yuendumu Pina Pina Jarrinjaku

Lajamanu Learning Centre

Margaret Johnson
Learning Centre Support Officer

Robyn Lawson
Learning Centre Support Officer

Valarie Patterson
Learning Centre Support Officer


Family and Client Services

Warra-Warra Kanyi (WWK)

Rebecca Lampard
WWK/IFSS Coordinator (Lajamanu)

Geraldine Dixon
WWK Senior Youth Mentor

Cedric Egan
WWK Senior Youth Mentor

Hannah Case
IFSS Senior Case Worker (Yuendumu)

Enid Gallagher
IFSS Senior Worker (Yuendumu)

Shiyanne Robertson
IFSS Mentor (Yuendumu)

Hamilton Morris
IFFS Mentor (Lajamanu)


Mt Theo Outstation

Louie Watson
Assistant Outstation Coordinator

Steven Marshall
Outstation Carer

Audrey Brown
Outstation Carer

Clifford Brown
Outstation Carer

Katrina Brown
Outstation Carer

Steven Collins
Outstation Carer

Paul Marshall
Outstation Carer


Infrastructure and Administration

Administration

Polly Anne Dixon
Receptionist


Mechanic Workshop

Stewart Marfleet
Workshop Manager

John (Bill) Edgar
Workshop Foreman

Craig Burke
Workshop Assistant

Branston Poulson
Workshop Assistant

Messiah Williams
Workshop Assistant


Alice Springs

Rizwan Ali
Administration Officer


Consultants and Project Workers

Craig san Roque
Consultant Psychologist

Ros Bauer
Adult Literacy Consultant

Susan Grant
Clinical Consultant

Leyla Iten
Youth Services Mentor