Akeyulerre is a place that allows and supports Arrernte people to enjoy, strengthen and celebrate their cultural and social life, whilst creating economic opportunities from cultural knowledge practices.

Akeyulerre Operations

Manager: Penny Drysdale

Family Support, NT Department of Children and Families, until June 2016

Our core funding provides an avenue for Arrernte families to re-engage with each other and their environment in a positive and healthy way.

Centre Hours Monday to Thursday 0900 to 1700.  We support Arrernte Elders to pass on knowledge, support Ngankeres in their healing work and collect, prepare and provide bush medicines to our people. We help support people to access the services that are available in the community and provide whole – of – family support, because we realise that people’s health and well-being is linked to the health and well-being of the community. The centre provides a safe environment free from violence and stress, where families support each other. We hold family BBQ nights, conduct country visits, visit Elders in the community and support access to healing ceremony for mainstream services in addition to local families.

Angkwerre-Iweme (Traditional healing)

Cultural Advisor: Amelia Turner & Kat Hope


This work incorporates the practice of Ngangkere (Traditional Healers), old and young, Awelya (smoking) and Healing Practice. This includes animals and plants incorporating the broader ‘bush pharmacy’. This also encapsulates recording, documenting, teaching and supporting Arrernte Healing practices and knowledge, and Ngangkere arunthe apurte-irrem (lots of Ngankere coming together), a gathering of traditional healers.

Ingkenteme (Bush schools)

Co-ordinator: Dan Murphy

Anglicare Communities for Children, Commonwealth,  to June 2016

This is the third stage of a two year opportunity for us to provide the teaching of ‘old way knowledge’ to young Arrernte children on country. We take children with Elders onto their country to learn all aspects of their relationships, songs, story and dance in an environment that values cultural systems of knowledge transfer.

Interrentye Bush Products (Social Enterprise)

Co-ordinators: Patricia Drover & Helen Kelly

Interrentye Traditional Healing Products is a social community enterprise initiative of Akeyulerre Healing Centre.
The Department of Social Services have provided a three-year funded project through their Strengthening Communities Program to support Interrentye by providing business support and management to increase its financial independence and further develop its business operations. This is done by increasing Aboriginal employment and work-related skills with the goal of enabling the young women to independently run the business.
A strong partnership with Arid Zone Research Institute (AZRI) has provided a much-needed safe, clean working environment for production, storage and the propagation of key medicinal plants.

Artwekenhe-Warrke (Men’s Program)

Co-ordinator: Tyrone Lynch

Office Prime Minister and the Arts, Indigenous Community Support, Commonwealth, to June 2016
Food and fuel support for country educational trips for Arrernte men, with an increasingly strong emphasis on young men.

Building Self-Reliance Through Strong Culture

Co-ordinators: Amelia Turner & Kat Hope

The Department of Prime Minster and Cabinet has funded a two-year project to strength and support Arrernte people and culture, by both organising community-prioritised cultural and healing activities and enabling Arrernte people to undertake cultural and healing work on a fee-for-service basis in response to need.
The Department of Prime Minster and Cabinet, to June 2017

The Aboriginal Benefits Account

Beneficial grant funding to support the full purchase of Akeyulerre Apmere Cultural Healing Centre at 3 Stuart Terrace and the full purchase of 5 Stuart Terrace for the further development and realisation of our social and cultural enterprise. To get this off the ground, the building will require a great deal of work and renovation but it’s a wonderful first step in the development of opportunities for employment and skill development. Located in the cultural precinct, opportunities for tourist activities in addition to accommodating numbers of people and groups keen to learn about the rich history and culture of Arrernte families we will work towarsds a sustainable and self reliant community.