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 2011 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) the Aboriginal population of the City of South Perth numbers 441 people. This represents 1.02% 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.