You may remember there was a different type of pandemic in the late 80’s – AIDS.

This was also a really scary time with people getting sick.

Congress helped Aboriginal people stay safe through health messages in language and culturally appropriate education programmes to help them to understand what AIDS was and how to protect themselves and their families – much like we are doing now with the COVID-19 pandemic.

We made TV ads, created stickers and posters in language, distributed condoms, produced an AIDS Education Programme that was on Imparja TV, trained Aboriginal educators and held workshops for people.

Congress was established nearly 50 years ago as a community controlled Aboriginal health organisation and we are still providing trusted health advice to Aboriginal people.

There are currently changes to Congress town clinic open hours.