Wuchopperen Health Service Limited was established in 1979 and began providing primary health care services in 1981.
The word Wuchopperen comes from the Wik Mungkan language (Western Cape York Peninsula area around the Aurukun region) loosely translated it means House/Place of Medicine – “Wuch” meaning house or place and Operrak – medicine (encompassing of both physical and spiritual).
Wuchopperen is a not for profit, membership-based, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (ACCHO) that delivers an integrated, holistic primary health care service to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the greater Cairns region.
Wuchopperen has around 200 staff with roughly 60% identifying as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
Improving Quality of Life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
Wuchopperen is governed by a 10-person Board of Directors elected annually by Wuchopperen members. The Board of Directors set the strategic direction for the organisation and guide the Management Team to ensure all strategic priorities are met and the organisation continues to work towards the achievement of its vision.
Directors must be Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
Wuchopperen operates within a set of rules outlined in its constitution that complies with legislative and national accounting standards requirements set out by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission.
Wuchopperen holds the following accreditations:
Child Safety Licensing with the Department of Child Safety Youth and Women
RACGP 4th Edition Standards (Manoora Clinics)
RACGP 5th Edition Standards (Edmonton Clinics)
Wuchopperen celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2019. The short film below was made to mark this important milestone.