The Bush Medijina vision is to be a sustainable, independent enterprise that supports our women, our culture, our community and our future.
“We want to grow our business from a small seed to a giant tree, so it can stay strong, just like our culture.”- Gayangwa Lalara OAM
Bush Medijina was born from the desire of Warningakalina elders to address the need to build culture and capability across the archipelago to positively impact the livelihoods of women, children and families.
Groote Eylandt communities suffer from the effects of poor health and life expectancy, low school attendance, low employment and safety standards, and high rates of crime and domestic violence. In response to this, Anindilyakwa Services Aboriginal Corporation (ASAC) introduced the Bush Medijina program to strengthen values, knowledge, culture, and community wellbeing.
Governed by an all-female board, eighty percent of our team are indigenous, and one hundred percent of our team are women. We create regular governance, leadership and women’s advocacy opportunities for our team and the wider community throughout the year.
Our Bush Medijina ladies (all of whom have Anindilyakwa as a first language) are mentored on following corporate policies and procedures, and using technology to perform their day-to-day roles, all the while remaining true to traditional practices and cultural beliefs. We are giving Warningakalina women a voice, and the capacity to be leaders and self-governing decision-makers for our business, our families, our communities, and our future.