Winnunga Nimmityjah Health Services means Strong Health 

Pollie Pedal 2011 – Winnunga article


Not only is Winnunga Nimmityjah a key part of the local Canberra Aboriginal community, but it also takes an active role in the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people throughout Australia. It was in this vein that on the morning of Thursday 24 March, Winnunga Nimmityjah hosted the launch of Pollie Pedal 2011.

Pollie Pedal is an annual fundraiser, which combines charity with the participating politicians visiting numerous smaller communities off the beaten track. Since 1998, is had raised over one millions dollars for causes ranging from the Royal Flying Doctor Service to the Paralympic Games.

This year’s edition of Pollie Pedal seeks to raise funds for the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health. This money will go towards funding University of Sydney student medical placements in remote NSW and the Northern Territory, such as Alice Springs and Tennant Creek.

Gathered at Winnunga Nimmityjah at 7:45am were the Hon. Tony Abbott, Leader of the Opposition, and founder of Pollie Pedal, Winnunga Nimmityjah CEO Julie Tongs and Dr. Ngaire Brown from the Poche Centre, along with many staff from Winnunga Nimmityjah and elsewhere.

With Winnunga Nimmityjah’s commitment to providing active, not just reactive health services to the Aboriginal Community, the Poche Centre’s aim is one wholeheartedly supported, and could play a major role in increasing awareness and treatment of health issues in these communities.

If you wish to make a donation to the Pollie Pedal 2011 fundraising for the Poche Centre, you may do so by visiting