Access, equity and the overall appalling state of health in the Aboriginal Community was raised with the Commonwealth in 1996 and was the conduit to the establishment of the Nunyara Wellbeing Centre in Whyalla in 2003. This was a partnership between Health, Housing, the Aboriginal Community and the Commonwealth, however, the ‘in- reach’ model whereby mainstream services visited to deliver services from Nunyara did not meet Community expectations or achieve improved health outcomes.
After being awarded Commonwealth Healthy for Life funding in 2008, Nunyara was able to independently deliver comprehensive primary health care to the Community. By 2012 Nunyara had transitioned to full Aboriginal Community Control and became Nunyara Aboriginal Health Service Inc.
In 2020 Nunyara delivers comprehensive primary health services to over 1400 Aboriginal people in Whyalla.