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​Traditional healing during Mental Health Week 2018

LWB have supported the community to access a traditional Aboriginal healing experience provided by the Anangu Ngangkari Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation (ANTAC) as a part of our celebration of Mental Health Week in SA.

Ngangkari services involve the use of Ngangkari’s ancient traditional healing practices to restore people’s physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological wellbeing. Different methods of healing are used depending on the physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual conditions of the clients under treatment.

Ngangkari’s traditional methods of healing include:

•Pampuni: “healing touch”, traditional hands-on therapeutic healing
•Muscle manipulation
•Blowing
•Suction
•Spiritual healing

Evidence demonstrates that Ngangkari healing services have a range of benefits including positive health outcomes for patients; provision of a holistic two-way health care model; a collaborative team approach to Aboriginal health; enhancement of quality health care; reduction of cases of misdiagnosis; increased cost effectiveness of health care; building community trust in the western health care system; calming effects on patients; culturally appropriate health care; and enhancing compliance with western medical treatments.

Numerous people received a healing experience from the Ngangkari’s during our Mental Health week promotion. Feedback was gathered from recipients after the healing experience. The responses were overwhelmingly positive with ”I felt great, lighter and happy,” “A very rewarding experience,” “Surreal and calm,” “Relaxed, content, healthy,” “A fantastic experience and greatly appreciated the privacy,” “I feel fresh, amazing and strong,” “Wish I could have a session every day.”

LWB Program Coordinator Deborah Milford stated “We were really honored to partner with Anangu Ngangkari Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation for this event to mark Mental Health Week.”

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