Celebrating 25 years of health services for the local community

2020 is going to be a big year, with plenty of reason to celebrate! This year officially marks 25 years since the incorporation of Yerin Eleanor Duncan Aboriginal Health Service. That is 25 years of providing professional, culturally responsive health services to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community on the Central Coast of NSW.

Our Story

Since the early 1970s Aboriginal community-controlled healthcare services were being established across Australia. However, there wasn’t one on the Central Coast, Darkinjung country.

In 1993, a group of concerned individuals formed the Central Coast Aboriginal Health Action Group. The group aimed to secure funding to set up a health service on the Central Coast that would provide culturally appropriate services to the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Our story officially began two years later on 22 December 1995. After securing a grant and donations from local organisations and individuals, the Yerin Eleanor Duncan Aboriginal Health Service was established as a community-controlled Aboriginal Health service.

Since then, Yerin has been providing comprehensive, culturally responsive primary health care to the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community through the Eleanor Duncan Aboriginal Health Centre at Wyong.

We have grown to provide a range of health services, based on the needs of the local community, that are improving the health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on the Central Coast.

Named after remarkable local Aboriginal woman Eleanor Duncan – one of the first registered Aboriginal nurses in NSW – we work tirelessly to continue her legacy and expand our services to meet the needs of our community.

Why the name ‘Yerin’?

There are many different meanings for Yerin. One is the place where fresh water and saltwater meet, creating brackish water in the mouth of a river. This is a powerful metaphor of two things coming together to create something new. We believe this is what we at Yerin do. The patient and the health care services we provide are the two waters coming together, and what they create together is a healthier, happier, more balanced person, family and community.