Health Professionals

Aboriginal Health Workers | General Practitioner | Registered Nurse

Aboriginal Health Workers

Aboriginal Health Workers work alongside Medical Practitioners and other professionals to deliver primary health services to the Aboriginal Community in Whyalla. The Aboriginal Health Worker carries out consultations, provides clinical and routine treatments and refers clients to the GP when clinical assistance or confirmation of diagnosis is required. The primary focus of the Aboriginal Health Worker is to perform Adult and Child Health Checks and to participate actively in the care planning of patients. The Aboriginal Health Worker is at the centre of patient care.

Nunyara also has 2 qualified Aboriginal Health Practitioners on staff ,and a number of other current health workers also studying to gain their Certificiate IV in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Practice.

General Practitioners

Nunyara has one full-time General Practitioner, Dr Monty, who is available for appointments 5 days per week, and another 3 GPs that visit us on a regular basis. Dr Rick Hambour visits two days per week, and Dr Krista Maier and Dr Liz Kenihan visit fortnightly on alternative weeks. Dr John Guy is also often here as back-fill for our other doctors. Appointment times are very generous, and all of our doctors are committed to providing a quality service to our community. We also have a registrar doctor provided by GPEX each year, plus Nunyara also host 5th year Medical Students from The University of Adelaide each year.

Registered Nurse

Nunyara employs a full time Registered Nurse in the Clinical Coordinator role to supplement the work of the Aboriginal Health Workers so that a complete service to the community can be delivered.

The Registered Nurse supports the Aboriginal Health Workers to meet their study commitments and that enables Nunyara Aboriginal Health Service to deliver the range of services listed in the website and to expand to meet the growing needs of the community.

The Nurse at Nunyara can offer a wide range of services including:

  • Immunisations
  • Pap smears
  • Wound dressings
  • Baby and child health checks
  • STI screening
  • Blood taking
  • Health Checks

Our current nurse – Nurse Di – has spent a number of years working in Aboriginal Health. First for the Ngaanyatjarra Health Service as a Remote Area Nurse in Warburton and then Warakurna where she looked after the women and children of the community, delivering all aspects of Maternity Care, 0 – 5 programs, school health programs and a young mother’s program, and immunisations. Nurse Di then spent 10 years in Central Australia, based in Alice Springs but travelling all over the area in a 4 wheel drive. he then spent 3 years working for the AHCSA in the Education and Training Team and that is how she came to know, and then subsequently join, the team at Nunyara Aboriginal Health Service. 

Nunyara also employs other RNs:

Kate Warren  - Works as a Special Projects Officer with a focus on sexual health and the NDIS. Kate has also played a significant role in the COVID planning during the current pandemic.

Lorna Walding - Casual Practice Nurse and backfill for Nurse Di and Kate Warren.

Therese McCourt - Casual Practice and Immunisation Nurse