Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation – Hamilton & Heywood

Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation – Hamilton & Heywood


Winda-Mara (WMAC) is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation established in 1991 and continues to be a leader in delivering innovative services that aim to support and build community. Our focus is on embedding strong culture and identity and self determination to strengthen community. Aboriginal community control ensures that all Winda-Maras services are tailored to our community’s particular priorities and goals and needs, we deliver culturally appropriate solutions driven by the local community.

This includes recognising the importance of identity, language, spirituality, and connection to country, to family and to community. Our programs utilise strengths-based approaches, and recognising the importance of self-determination. This aligns with the Aboriginal understanding of health and wellbeing.

Winda-Mara has a long history of developing innovative projects that develop our workforce and empower community. We employ over 75 staff in 2 locations, Hamilton and Heywood, servicing our local communities of Portland, Heywood and Hamilton but also work across the region servicing communities within the shires of Moyne, Glenelg, Southern Grampians and Warrnambool City council.

Winda-Mara achieved RACGP medical accreditation in 2013.

In partnership with State, Federal and agencies we provide services to community through our strategic Health Action Plan. In the year 2016/17 Winda-Mara delivered over 6242 client contacts in:
• Primary Health
• Mental Health
• Family Services
• Drug & Alcohol
• Home & Community Care

The practice in Heywood is located at 21 Scott Street.

Local Hospital Information
Address: 107-109 Thomson Street HAMILTON
Telephone: 03 5527 0000
Fax: 03 5527 0009
College accreditation RACGP
Pathway Rural
Our Community

The lush, rolling hills of the Hamilton and Heywood areas are simple beautiful.  From volcanic plains to flowing falls, wineries and artworks the region is steeped in history and full of unexpected discoveries.

Surrounding Heywood is the Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape, where for thousands of years Gunditjmara people engineering and constructed an extensive aquaculture system along the Mt Eccles/Tyrendarra Lava flows and wetlands. The area shows evidence of a large, settled (not nomadic) Aboriginal community systematically farming eels for food and trade in what is considered to be one of Australia’s earliest and largest aquaculture ventures.

Today the Winda Mara Aboriginal Corporation and Budj Bim Tours of Heywood help organise tours of the area to explore the remains of stone house sites and eel traps, as well as highlighting the Aboriginal culture and their way of life.

Whether it’s browsing through great shops, discovering art down hidden laneways, or experiencing our 50,000-head sheep sale, Hamilton offers an amazing array of experiences for all travellers.

Hamilton also boasts the magnificent Hamilton Gallery that presents a diverse range of exhibitions, programs and events. Hamilton has created and embraced a lively cafe culture and offers sensational strip-style shopping.

Walk amongst enormous English Oaks and pines, fountains and rotunda in the Hamilton Botanic Gardens. Lake Hamilton; a pristine lake surrounded by 25 hectares of parkland is ideal for all-round adventure – fishing, cycling, sailing, running, rowing, windsurfing, canoeing and playing at the Lakes Edge Adventure Playground.

Hamilton’s central position makes the perfect launching pad for a stay in the Grampians, but be sure to dedicate time to exploring the joys of this great city and the Greater Hamilton region.

Explore this scenic and historic district or take a day trip to Mount Gambier, Portland or Warrnambool.

Community groups
Parents’ clubs
School clubs
Spiritual groups
Child care
Additional Information

Hamilton South West TAFE offers tertiary education.

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