TThe NT Community Achievement Awards recognises, encourages and rewards the positive achievements of Northern Territory residents. There can never be enough encouragement and support for those working in our communities.
The Health and Wellbeing Award acknowledges that there are many passionate people who work tirelessly to help others achieve their best health and wellbeing. It recognises the individuals or organisations leading activities in the community or workplace that contribute to improving health and wellbeing outcomes for others through their actions.
Jintangka won the Award from a strong field of community achievers.
Jintangka is passionate about destigmatising mental health and suicide amongst First Nations people. Jintangka is a small operating Aboriginal-owned business that focuses on providing mental health training and holistic cultural and spiritual wellbeing to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Jintangka, which means “all together”, is managed by Billy-Jo Napaljarri Wesley, a young Warlpiri and Marrathiyel First Nations woman with strong connections to culture and country. Jintangka provides a platform for community members to discuss surreal issues, providing culturally appropriate mental health training on what warning signs to look out for and how to initiate conversations in both English and traditional language.
The winners were announced on Friday 22 October 2021.