Nganana Inc. is a not-for-profit community development organisation specialising in support services from a cultural and inclusive perspective. We are a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) registered organisation currently working exclusively in the disability sector.
At Nganana, we strive to
Compassionate care is here,
when you need it.
If you or someone close to you requires support to live their life to the fullest, our team at Nganana is here to help. We provide a wide range of services carefully designed to meet your needs.
What do you get when you have a handful of passionate driven individuals with a desire to implement best practice standards from a assertively cultural perspective, in a business environment free from managerialism, and other socio-political constraints, where innovation is given free reign, and where attention to detail in the process of individualising services to suit individualised with complex needs can extend “beyond the rhetoric” into practice standards strategically and systematically build into the policy and guideline documents underpinning service delivery?
– pause for a breath – Nganana Inc.
This was essentially the questioning we went through that kicked off this journey, a few of us initially, soon growing into a team of like-minded committed individuals with a passion for genuinely developmental service delivery, valued outcomes for service users, designed to support and empower each unique, extraordinary individual strive for their goals and objectives.
We endeavour to develop an organisation that itself supports social innovation within service delivery, with the potential to drive change within the industry. If we need to get political to systemically improve things, then so be it. This we do on behalf of our consumers, to achieve a truly responsive, inclusive organisation that at all levels delivers community services with integrity. And here we are, nearly four years in, with barely enough time to draw breath let alone update websites as needed to keep everyone informed of our journey.
Nganana means “all of us” in the Pitjantjatjara language of the Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara people of remote central Australia. However the meaning goes beyond the straightforward assumed from everyday use within a modern Australian context. From a traditional perspective Nganana is an statement of inclusivity; everyone is included, even the speaker.
Using an example relevant to community services, when asked who is included within a support network, the answer for most comprises of key stakeholders and nominated family and significant others. From a traditional perspective the answer to the same question is “Nganana” – “all of us”; all family, kin, community, country, the land a person is born to, the spirits that still reside.
It is a powerful concept that defies understanding from within a modern context. And from within that lack of understanding arguably there is a loss of value that occurs during translation into a language and discourse that does not contain the dimensionality and sophistication necessary to convey conceptually the depth of connectedness implicit in the meaning of the word – Nganana.