Wuchopperen Health Service Limited was established in 1979 and began providing primary health care services in 1981. Celebrating their 40th birthday in 2019, their mission is to improve the quality of life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
Wuchopperen is based on the word “Wuchoppra-ak” and acknowledges the Wik Mungkan language of the people of Aurukun. WUCH meaning PLACE, OPPRA meaning HEALTH / MEDICINE and AK meaning PLACE OF HEALING.
Wuchopperen has primary health care facilities in Manoora and Edmonton and a child wellbeing service in Atherton. The organisation provides a range of services addressing the physical, social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of individuals and families. Wuchopperen also provides child wellbeing services including foster and kinship care and a Family Wellbeing service which supports at risk families.
Wuchopperen is a not for profit, membership – based, Aboriginal Community Controlled Aboriginal Health Organisation (ACCHO) that delivers an integrated, holistic primary health care service to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the greater Cairns area. The organisation is governed by a 10 – person Board of Directors elected annually by Wuchopperen members. Directors must identify as Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait islander.
Wuchopperen has around 200 staff with around 70 percent identifying as Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander.