Our Vision for Goolum Goolum

  • Goolum Goolum is recognised as the principal Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation within the local Government areas of Horsham Rural City Council , Northern Grampians, Hindmarsh Shire Council, West Wimmera Shire Council, Ararat Rural City Council and Yarriambiack Shire Council  ensuring the provision of effective health, welfare and family services to the Aboriginal community.
  • The Organisation is seen by the Community as the preferred provider of services and will work in partnership with other organisations (government and non-government) to ensure access and equity in the provision of health and Community services to Aboriginal people.
  • The Organisation is dedicated to fostering cultural pride within the Community and to ensuring that service delivery respects Aboriginal culture, history and experience.
  • The Organisation is dedicated to supporting and advocating for Aboriginal people.



Our History

Goolum Goolum Aboriginal Co-operative first began August 1979, out of a need for an Indigenous health organisation to be located closer to the Wimmera. The nearest Aboriginal health services were located in Ballarat and Bendigo.


The Co-operative formed in 1982 and became incorporated in 1983.


It was situated at  Droylsden House, a historic building in Baillie Street Horsham, from 1987 to 2006.


Goolum Goolum Aboriginal Co-operative relocated to its current location, a purpose built health facility in Hamilton Street Horsham, in August 2006.


The official opening of the Hamilton Street building was in May 2007 which  coincided with the Co-operative’s 25th anniversary and Reconciliation Week, which celebrated then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s apology to the Stolen Generation.

Our Board of Directors

Goolum Goolum Aboriginal Co-operative Directors are elected from within the membership for a period of two years. Elections take place in November each year at the Annual General meeting.


Directors are responsible for the strategic direction of the organisation. They make decisions on Goolum Goolum’s strategic objectives and monitor the implementation of the Strategic Plan. Directors have direct  accountability  and responsibility to their communities, as well as their accountabilities for governance and contract compliance with the Commonwealth and funding bodies.


John Gorton


Jake Goodes

Vice Chairperson


Andrew Harrison



Hazel McDonald


Nola Illin


Nola Illin




Wally Coleman


Organisational Chart

Copy of GGAC Organisational Chart – deidentified Nov 2017


Our Vision for Goolum Goolum

Goolum Goolum is recognised as the principal Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation within the local Government areas of Horsham Rural City Council,  Ararat Rural City Council, Buloke Shire Council,  Hindmarsh Shire Council, Northern Grampians Shire Council, West Wimmera Shire Council and Yarriambiack Shire Council ensuring the provision of effective health, welfare and family services to the Aboriginal community.

Goolum Goolum’s Strategic Objectives for 2015-2018

  1. Hamilton Street Medical Clinic: Goals and performance of the Clinic-the review of the Medical Clinic in relation to GP services, needs and partnerships
  2. Capital Infrastructure: Maintaining a viable and effective Community Housing Infrastructure and program-the review of Capital Infrastructure and a review of future Infrastructure and capital expenditure/planning needs of a growing GGAC
  3. Governance and Management : Ongoing review and monitoring of Board Governance and Executive Management -The review of tools for performance in the area of Governance and Management.
  4. Action Plan to establish GGAC as a “One Stop Shop” for service provision to the Aboriginal Community in the catchment area-The formation of an Action Plan to establish GGAC as an integrated provider of services to the Aboriginal Community.


Quality Objectives

GGAC will seek to:


  1. fulfil our contractual obligations in delivering quality health and community services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community members in the Wimmera
  2. conform to applicable statutory and regulatory requirements;
  3. implement and maintain a Quality Management System modelled on the Australian and International Standard AS/NZS ISO 9001:2015
  4. Link the GGAC Quality Objectives to the Key Focus Areas of the organisation’s Strategic Plan
  5. enhance client and community satisfaction through the effective application of the Quality Management System;
  6. systematically and continually improve the organisation’s performance;
  7. recruit and retain suitably qualified, competent and experienced staff;
  8. utilise technologies that enhance the development and application of management systems and service delivery;
  9. foster and maintain a Board and Staff culture of continuous quality improvement;
  10. maintain accreditation with relevant external standards organisations; and
  11. periodically review the effectiveness of the Quality Management System in terms of achieving the above objectives



Goolum Goolum’s Strategic Objectives for 2012-2015

  1. Ensure effective Financial and Corporate Governance and Management process are in place to achieve operational goals.
  2. Provision of a “One Stop Shop” for Health, Welfare and social services for the Aboriginal people.
  3. Maintain an effective and viable housing and land services division
  4. Support activities that promote pride in Aboriginal culture within the community and cultural awareness and understanding in the wider community.
  5. Identify partners who can support the Organisation in achieving its goals through funding, service agreements and provision of other resources.
  6. Ensure that comprehensive primary health care services are available at the Organisation.
  7. Position the Organisation as the principal community-based advisory and advocacy agency in all relevant regional policy and planning forums.


Client Charter

Goolum Goolum Client Charter



  • CEO
  • General   Manager
  • Quality Assurance Officer
  • Financial Manager
  • Community and Family  Services Manager
  • Practice  Manager
  • Practice Nurse
  • Family Planning/Sexual Health Nurse
  • Men’s Aboriginal Health Worker
  • Women’s Aboriginal Health Worker
  • Bringing Them Home Worker/Cultural Support Planning
  • Manager of Health and Wellbeing Program
  • Tobacco Cessation and Healthy Lifestyle Worker
  • Health Promotion Trainee
  • Community Engagement Officer
  • Tackling Indigenous Smoking Case Worker
  • Medical Receptionist/ Office Administration
  • CEO’s Executive Assistant
  • Children and Family Facilitator
  • Koori Youth Justice/ Community Justice Worker
  • Early Childhood Co-ordinator
  • Early Childhood Worker
  • Receptionist
  • HACC Maintenance
  • HACC Home Care Worker
  • Counsellor
  • General Practitioners
  • Diabetes Educator
  • Podiatrist
  • Aboriginal Family Led Decision Maker
  • Cultural Support Planning Aboriginal Family Services
  • Maternal and Child Health Nurse
  • Delkaia Best Start Facilitator



GGAC Annual Report 2017

GGAC annual report 2016

GGAC Annual Report 2015

GGAC Annual Report 2014