We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land of the Gunditjmara peoples, we pay our respects and acknowledge Elders past and present. As an Aboriginal organisation we at Gunditjmara honour all that have come before us.
Gunditjmara Aboriginal Cooperative Ltd is an independent community based not-for-profit Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation (ACCHO) founded by a group of volunteers from the local indigenous community of the Victorian South West in 1979.
The Cooperative was incorporated in 1982 and we have grown steadily since then. Services include:
- Bulk Billed General Practice & Primary Healthcare
- Family Violence, Out of Home Care, Leaving Care, Men’s & Women’s Support & Cultural Planning
- Home & Aged Care services, Youth Justice, Youth Group, Koori Pre School, Housing
- Cultural Awareness & Safety Training
Gunditjmara people are traditional owners of an area extending from Portland in the south, around the coast to Port Fairy, Warrnambool and inland to Camperdown. Gunditjmara people are traditionally river, and Lake People, with Framlingham Forrest, Lake Condah and the surrounding river systems being of great importance to us both economically and spiritually.
Gunditjmara means ‘belonging to person’ and the Gunditjmara Nation shares its borders to the west with the Buandig people, to the north with the Jardiwadjali and Djab wurrung peoples, and to the east with the Kirrae Whurrong. Our Nation’s totem is “Bunjil” the Eagle. The Gunditjmara today continue to act as the gate keepers of maintaining cultural practices through family kinship systems, dance, song, language, caring for country.
Gunditjmara Aboriginal Cooperative is one of four ACCHO’s in the south-west Victorian region, others include Kirrae Health at Framlingham Forest, Winda Mara at Heywood and Dhauwurd Wurrung Elderly and Community Health Service in Portland.
We have a workforce of around 45 staff. Our Head Office and social services are based at 135 Kepler Street, our medical centre is at 3 Banyan Street and our training facilities and Koori Pre School are located at Harris Street Reserve, Warrnambool.