The Central Australian Rural Practitioners Association was formed in 1980s in the furnace of the Central Australian outback by passionate health care providers with ‘fire in their bellies”. They saw a need to support remote health practitioners in delivery of quality health care in unique and challenging settings.
CARPA is a loosely structured, voluntary organisation involved in education, training and support of multidisciplinary Primary Health Care practitioners.
Current Core Group
Rosalie Schultz- Chairperson
Tobias Speare- Treasurer
Lyn Byers- Secretary
Postal: C/O PO Box 203, Alice Springs NT 0871
The artwork, by Kumantjai Dinny Tjampitjimpa Nolan, tells the story of some women who are unwell from having their kurrunpa or “soul” displaced. A Ngangkari (traditional healer) is restoring their kurrunpa to them. The concept of kurrunpa is central to Western Desert people’s understanding of health and well-being. Mr Nolan was commissioned to provide a painting to adorn the cover of the CARPA Standard Treatment Manual, where it has remained since the first edition in 1992.