“Our Health in Our Hands”


Apunipima Cape York Health Council is the lead agency representing the health needs of the people of Cape York and provides a range primary health care services to communities across the Cape with the aim of supporting Cape York communities own solutions to live long healthy lives, strengthening our culture and regaining our spirit

Under its present contracts Apunipima provides no health services to the people of Horn Island, New Mapoon, Umagico, Injanoo, Seisia or Bamaga,  but does offer advocacy services.

Contact us for more information about our advocacy services


The “Apunipima Way” is a philosophy of service planning and delivery for the people by the people.  It underpins the way Apunipima approaches and carries out its business. The Apunipima Way is informed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander:

  • Traditions, culture, values, beliefs and practices
  • Kinship connections to each other, the land and the environment
  • Unique knowledges that contribute to healing, good health and wellness.

The Apunipima Way embodies the organisations’ dual goals of strengthening community capacity through financial and social empowerment and providing safe, quality health services.

This is achieved by enabling local ownership and informed decision making that strengthens Cape York’s people’s right to self-determination and guides how Apunipima provides them with culturally competent comprehensive primary health care.

Values that drive the Apunipima Way are:

  • a holistic approach to maintaining health and providing care
  • family centred
  • accountability
  • integrity
  • respect