NPY Women’s Council (NPYWC) is a service delivery, advocacy and support organisation created by Anangu women from the 28 remote communities in the tristate border region of NT, SA and WA. NPYWC delivers services and programs working with Anangu to improve their health, wellbeing and safety.
The NPYWC Ngangkari Program supports a dynamic group of ngangkari (traditional healers) who are also highly respected artists, teachers, and health workers. As well as applying their traditional skills as healers in their communities, they also provide advice to Indigenous and non-Indigenous people outside their communities, using their extensive knowledge of culture and family. The Ngangkari program has received national and international acclaim including the Sigmund Freud Award of the World Council of Psychotherapy Congress in 2011, and the RANZCP 2009 Mark Sheldon Prize. The program has produced a book – ‘Traditional Healers of Central Australia: Ngangkari’, winner of a Deadly Award in 2013 for best published book.