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The Yolngu situation is still extreme
and current approaches are not working.

Nationwide efforts to address this epidemic of disease have not produced significant widespread results. The Prime Minister’s 2017 “Closing The Gap” Report states that Australia is “not on track” to close the gap on life expectancy by 2031 and that in order to meet the target, Aboriginal life expectancy would need to increase by 16 years for females and 21 years males!

Around sixty years ago, the Yolngu were healthy, self reliant people. However recent research indicates that remote Aboriginal communities of NT now have a significantly higher prevalence of chronic diseases (hypertension, diabetes, ischaemic heart disease, renal disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) than national health survey figures. These diseases are responsible for up to eighty percent of the mortality gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.  In other words, the Yolngu are in one of the most extreme health environments of all Australians.

However, Hope For Health is working
and we can grow to meet demand.

In the three years since HFH has started we have made incredible progress, as many of you who have followed us will know. The program started with grassroots support and minimal funding – today almost 50 Yolngu have participated in our health retreats and over 500 Yolngu individuals have participated in the program through cooking and exercise classes and educational workshops.

Most importantly, they are getting results.  Blood sugar and blood pressure are normalising and they are losing inches from the waist and participants reported feeling the best they could remember.  Best of all, these changes, for many, are lasting.

As talked about by Gapany in our video above, we are seeing the effects ripple out into the local community – our participants’ relatives are changing their diet independently, people are running their own “home retreats” and they are cooking HFH meals for their family members who are in poor health. We’re also  talking with many other communities that have heard of the dramatic health improvements and empowerment that HFH is achieving. We would need more resources to take HFH to other communities in the Northern Territory to share our model, but at this time we barely have the resources to keep up the current work and meet growing demand here in Galiwin’ku.


Without a reliable funding base
we will struggle to continue.

The cost of chronic disease is a massive economic burden to all Australians. The cost of dialysis for one person is between $40-80K per year, whereas cost of prevention for one participant would be closer to just $6K per year and includes the natural “ripple-on effect” from our participants to their families and beyond. 

Despite a lack of funding for cost saving prevention strategies our program is getting results, however we cannot continue the momentum, nor grow without reliable, regular funding for our base costs.

The program needs an annual base of over $500,000 to maintain our retreat and health coaching pathways. We have full time grant application work continuing which generally covers more than half of this however it is intensively time consuming for our small team, highly competitive and unpredictable.

Furthermore it is difficult to access consistent Government funding in the short term as our work sits ‘between departments’ and does not follow typical health service delivery models. While we are negotiating with the federal government to find ways to source ongoing funding through them,  your support can help us to continue program delivery towards convincing government agencies to fund us.   Join Galiwin’ku in restoring Yolngu health now. 

Our best hope is you.

We need a dedicated base of sponsors to join our program. 

In the last few years it has been passionate supporters from across Australia (and internationally!) who have been the driving force to enable this pioneering program to start. Our true believers intuitively understood the community’s vision and were there to begin this movement.

Again, now we need you and others to maintain this movement and help make real change not only for this community but for other communities struggling with chronic disease and ill-health. Now is the time to join our HFH family and together with Yolngu people we’ll make real changes in Aboriginal Health.

By offering your regular support you’ll ensure we can make long-term change and provide a stable, sustainable, future for health retreats, ongoing support and lifestyle transformation options.  You are already part of the movement, we would not have got this far without your, so let’s maintain the momentum!

Join the Hope For Health family.
Sign up now as a monthly, tax-deductible sponsor
and make lasting impact. 


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Take a look at our Retreats!

Here’s a quick look at some of our results from one of our retreats.
To see more of our impacts to date, read more here…

Frequently asked questions

What happens if we do not get enough financial support? 

  • We need a minimum of $420,000 per annum from all our funding sources to continue our operations in Galiwin’ku with current staff (our minimum staffing costs are $360,000 for 3 mainstream professionals and 5 local Yolngu staff)
  • Without full funding we will need to continue to  find innovative ways to deliver the program and maintain support for participants and their families
  • Hope For Health’s Yolngu Strategic Management Committee has decided that in order to demonstrate their dedication, wherever possible participants should cover a small amount($500) of the 6 month program cost. However, without funding to subsidise the full cost per participant (approximately $6,000) the program could not support people to be involved.
  • Through fundraising and small grants, we will continue to maintain basic staffing so we can to continue delivering the program into the future, until we find long term funders to cover full operational costs
  • Our Yolngu Strategic Management Committee will continue to advocate and give direction regardless of funding realities
  • Why Warriors Org Ltd, the charity that runs HFH would have to restructure, but would find new lower cost ways to administer HFH. Of course this would mean a change in the program model and a reduction in delivery scope, but we would find ways to maintain program continuity.


What if we get more than our target?

If our total funds including your sponsorship are well over what we need to deliver all support and training activities, we have a plan to expand the effectiveness of the program, including:

  • Increasing the local Aboriginal health coach work hours
  • Efficiently expanding the reach of the program in the medium term with more trained local health coaches.
  • Increasing the  wages of all core positions
  • Improving compliance, ethics, and safety standards
  • Leasing a suitable office and training space
  • Developing research partnerships
  • Improving support for professional volunteers
  • Developing a Darwin based retreat solution for Yolngu to share the HFH model with other communities and make retreats available to the Darwin population of Aboriginal people.  


Other infrastructure needs

  • We have a serious office and exercise space problem. With enough funds we could build a solution
  • We have limited accommodation, but also a spare lot to build a house – $200,000 could change that.
  • Long term the Yolngu committee wants a permanent retreat solution.  Additional funding could contribute to developing this solution.  



  1. Commonwealth of Australia, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Closing the Gap Prime Minister’s Report 2017
  2. Zhao Y, Connors C, Wright J, et al. Estimating chronic disease prevalence among the remote Aboriginal population of the Northern Territory using multiple data sources. Aust N Z J Public Health 2008;
  3. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012: detail analysis. (AIHW Cat. no. IHW 94) Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2013
  4. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Contribution of chronic disease to the gap in mortality between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. Canberra: AIHW, 2011. (AIHW Cat. No. IHW 48.)
  5. Minges, K. E., Zimmet, P., Magliano, D. J., Dunstan, D. W., Brown, A. & Shaw,  J. E. 2011. Diabetes prevalence and determinants in Indigenous Australian populations: A systematic review. Diabetes Res Clin Pract, 93, 139- 49.
  6. Wyld MLR, Lee C. M.Y., Zhuo X et al. Cost to government and society of chronic kidney disease stage 1-5: a national cohort study. Int Med J 2015;45(7):741-7. 17.
  7. Cass A, Chadban S, Gallagher M et al. The economic impact of end-stage kidney disease in Australia: Projections to 2020. Kidney Health Australia, Melbourne, Australia; 2010.
  8. Diabetes: the silent pandemic and its impact on Australia (2012), Diabetes Australia

In the midst of an epidemic of chronic disease Hope For Health is a pioneering program empowering Yolngu to reawaken vibrant health by combining traditional practice with modern approaches to health – and it’s working.
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Level 1 – Birkpirk /Kingfisher
$10/month  ($120.00 per year)
You’re a grassroots supporter;
you know that every bit counts.

Your Impact

You’ll contribute to the continuation of this ground breaking, Indigenous-led health program.
With you, we’re preserving life and culture.


Level 2  Gomulu / Heron
$30.00+ per/month  ($360.00 per year)
You’re a sponsor committed to the cause.  You know that giving just “a dollar-a-day” will make big changes.

Your Impact

You donation can help at least 1 x  local indigenous person to attend weekly cooking classes and exercise program for the year.


Level 3 Garrukal / Kookaburra
$90.00+ per/month ($1080 year)
You’re a deeply connected member with a big heart. You’ll create big impact with less than the cost of a coffee each day.


Your sponsorship will assist at least 1 x chronic disease sufferer with monthly
naturopathic consultations and ongoing health coaching support.


Level 4 -Wopulu/ Hawk
$500/month+ ($6K per year)
We are feeling the love. Thank you.
PLEASE NOTE You can make direct bank transfers
by using the “One Off Donation Form” Above


This will help at least 1 x chronic disease sufferer attend a two week a life changing retreat with 3 months of health coaching.


Corporate Level – Damala/Eagle
Level 5 – $20K+ donation/in-kind offering
If you are interested in this level, please contact us on 0423-915-178 to arrange an individualised agreement.

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A very special gift will be tailored to you or your organisation’s interests.  This could include individualised video thank you, website placement, public acknowledgement, logos in our communications, and opportunities to visit and meet the team on Elcho Island.

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