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Tullawon Health Service Inc.

Established in 1982 as the Yalata Maralinga Health Service Inc. (YMHS) following community initiative and lobbying, the health service was not only concerned with looking after people living in Yalata but also older people who had returned to their traditional lands in the north and at Oak Valley, north west of Maralinga.

By the late 1990s, Oak Valley was ready to establish its own health service called Oak Valley (Maralinga) Health Service (OV(M)) based on two principles:

  • That the Anangu people of Yalata and Oak Valley are one people, and
  • Both YMHS and OV(M) should have cooperative and ‘seamless’ arrangements for Anangu between the services.

On 31 May 2001, the YMHS constitution was amended and the name of the organisation changed to Tullawon Health Service Inc. with the importance of the two principles remaining in the constitution.

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