What can you expect when you volunteer in NE Arnhem Land NT?

The SOS Health Foundation is committed to providing physiotherapy services six x 1 week periods per year. Teams consist of two physio Volunteers who work in any of the 30 remote indigenous Homeland communities in NE Arnhem Land, NT, within a 10,000 sq.km area. The Gove Peninsula is home to the Yolngu people. The scenery is beautiful and the people are warm and friendly.

Most of the travel in this region is by small aircraft or by 4×4 on corrugated roads (in dry season).

map of Nhulunbuys NE Arnhem Land

Australian Aboriginal culture varies throughout the continent. The many clans of this region still maintain most of their traditional culture: art, music, religious belief, ceremony, law and language. Yolgnu Matha is the main language spoken, with English typically second (there are over 100 languages spoken by the clans of East Arnhem Land).

The express purpose of the Health Outreach Program is to provide health support to Yolngu living in these remote communities. For the past two years, SOS Health has been working with our partner, Laynhapuy Homelands Aboriginal Corporation (Laynha Health) to provide more holistic healthcare and follow-up services.

Based in Nhulunbuy our volunteer teams are provided with a unique, sometimes confronting and hopefully positive experience. Working in basic conditions with limited resources, volunteers are required to think on their feet and outside the box.  Working here is challenging and can stretch you in many ways.

It is an adventure. Are you up for the challenge?

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A short film by Volunteer Physio, Janetta – NE Arnhem Land Health Outreach, Feb 2015

“I had such a wonderful experience and I have met so many beautiful genuine aboriginal people. Feeling so grateful that I can be a part of the SOS Health Foundation and make a difference in other people’s lives.” – Janetta, Back In Motion Hobart on Murray.

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