Congress celebrates 50 years of service – of the people, for the people and by the Aboriginal people of Central Australia….

“Central Australian Aboriginal Congress was born on the 9th June 1973 – prior to then there was no major Aboriginal organization representing the rights and interest of Aboriginal people of Central Australia.” Neville Perkins

Neville Perkins caamapwphoto 2023

“I was going to Sydney Uni at the time and I was back here having a break and I could see that there was no organisation here representing the interests and rights of Aboriginal people.”

Hartley-street-clinic-1983- courtesy of CAAC

” It was amazing because the Aboriginal women were running the Congress Aboriginal Medical Service and they’re still doing it today and doing a great job… and that’s how it survived ! “

The late Dr Trevor Cutter was our first medical doctor … and he was a great doctor !

Dr Trevor Cutter(centre) with Neville Perkins…. photo copyright Paul Wiles Alice Springs

We had many-many clients, including non Indigenous clients that we were helping in Alice Springs!

Listen to interview with Neville Perkins here :

more to come….