Community Profiles

Anyinginyi Congress Aboriginal Corporation

1 Irvine Street Tennant Creek NT 0861


Student PGPPP and GPR

Outstations serviced:

ACAC services the town area and Aboriginal Communities within a 100km radius.

Training Details:

Include advanced rural skills post.


Anyinginyi Congress Aboriginal Corporation (ACAC) is a Community Controlled multidisciplinary Aboriginal Health Service in Tennant Creek and achieved general practice accreditation in 2000. The clinic is part of an organisation that also has various other sections in a holistic approach to health and well being. Other sections include Alcohol Aftercare, Education, Arts and Crafts, Sports and Rec, Community Development Unit and the Stolen Generation unit. Professional Development is encouraged at all levels.

Over 2500 people access health services at the clinic each year. Approximately 90% of services and 80% of patients are of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent. Tennant Creek is awaiting the opening of a dialysis unit based at Tennant Creek Hospital. ACAC was and is a significant player in the setting up of this unit. As in many communities in the NT there is a high burden of chronic disease (diabetes, renal failure, cardiovascular disease etc).

Work at ACAC will involve clinical work in town and outlyingcommunities and well as health promotion and screening and prevention programs. Providing education for medical students, Aboriginal Health workers and various other staff employed in a trainee ship capacity is also part of the job. Our service expands each year and will hopefully move to a bigger building in the near future. There are 4 doctor positions.

ACAC is keen to explore better ways of providing healthservices for Aboriginal people. The Footy Fitness Projectlooked at ways of improving health care access by young men. We have been chosen as one of the 10 pilot sites aroundAustralia for the Rural Chronic Disease Initiative, to exploreand document processes involved in improving chronic diseaseor injury prevention, with the project commencing in 2002. So ifyou want a something different, a challenge, or even anopportunity to use a multitude of skills contact us.

Clinic Information:
Clinic hours are Monday to Friday and there is an after hoursroster staffed by Aboriginal Health Workers, Registered nurses and doctors. Currently, the after-hours work is minimal.