Southcare acknowledges the Whadjuk people as the traditional owners of the land on which our buildings stand. Southcare respectfully recognises Elders both past and present.

Southcare’s service in the Aboriginal community began in 1982 with our emergency assistance program of food parcels, clothing and blankets to the local community in Karawara. Soon after, Aboriginal Elders established a regular meeting place one day a week at our Social Centre.

This connection created a mutual desire for a deeper partnership with the local Aboriginal community and the Aboriginal Family support service we offer today was borne.

According to the 2016 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) the Aboriginal population of the City of South Perth numbers 532 people. This represents 1.3% of the City’s population with the majority of Aboriginal people living in Manning, Karawara and Kensington. A strategic plan developed by local South Perth Aboriginal community group, Moorditj Keila community group identifies that while this population is small in number, its needs are high and complex.

Southcare is proud to work in partnership with the local Aboriginal community to create strong families and communities. We acknowledge the culture, pride, rights and specific needs of Aboriginal people in our service delivery and in our workplace culture and spaces.

Moorditj Keila

The South Perth Aboriginal Community group, Moorditj Keila (Happy Healthy Dolphin) was given its name by traditional owners for the area. The dolphin is significant to Aboriginal people for the Canning and Swan River areas adjacent to the City of South Perth. Moorditj Keila is the umbrella group for the Moorditj Yorga’s (Women’s) Danjoo Wangkanining group and Marman’s (Men’s) group.

Southcare works in close partnership with Moorditj Keila to create health, cultural, artistic and skills-building events and activities for the personal and community development of local Aboriginal people.

Recent activities with Moortidj Keila include:

  • “Healthy Eating, Living with Diabetes,” program with health checks
  • Learning and information sessions on matters and issues relevant to Aboriginal people
  • Art and jewellery classes
  • Men’s group Skippers training with Challenger TAFE as part of their vision of fishing and cultural tours

For more information about events and activities with Moorditj Keila, please contact Garry Gower Aboriginal Family Support Coordinator at Southcare on (08) 9450 6233; or visit their website.

Aboriginal Family Support

Our Aboriginal family support service offers information, support, advocacy and referral services to Aboriginal families and single people living in Como, Karawara, Kensington, Manning, Salter Point, South Perth and Waterford.

We can:

  • Help you manage during difficult times in your life and work with you to identify and avoid crisis situations
  • Communicate with Government and community agencies on your behalf to protect the rights and needs of your family
  • Help you in times of hardship with basic necessities such as food and clothing
  • Assist you with housing issues and tenancies
  • Provide moral support so that you can achieve healthy living and educational goals
  • Give you information and refer you to specialised services to assist you further
  • Help you to strengthen your personal and family relationships and community connections
  • Link you to local South Perth Aboriginal Community group, Moorditj Keila, to participate in community events.

Some of the areas we assist with include:

  • Food assistance
  • Housing
  • Problems Parenting and Relationships
  • Financial Counselling
  • Eviction
  • Clothing
  • Social
  • Family Violence
  • Health
  • Legal
  • Some Household Goods and Furniture

Our Family Support program is coordinated by Garry Gower. Garry was born and raised in Broome and is of Yawuru descent and Anglo-Eurasian heritage.


Southcare’s vision for reconciliation is to progressively increase our knowledge and connections with Aboriginal people, their culture and social concerns so as to contribute to a culturally safe environment which openly acknowledges the rights, views and expectations of Aboriginal people.

This vision is aligned with Southcare’s Service Approach to value diversity, equality and difference.

Southcare is committed to working collaboratively, and in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities in a spirit of respect, co-operation, reconciliation and service. This commitment is to staff, clients and the local and broader Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Southcare acknowledges the significant social, educational, political, economic and health disadvantage suffered by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people since Settlement. Southcare is committed to working in partnership with Aboriginal people so that personally and as communities we can thrive together.

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