Uti Kulintjaku is an award-winning initiative of the NPY Women’s Council Ngangkari program that supports mental health literacy. Led by ngangkari and senior Anangu, Uti Kulintjaku encourages deeper conversations about mental health and healing for Anangu and people working in Aboriginal health and related services. Uti kulintjaku means to listen, think and understand clearly. ‘Uti Kulintjaku is a new way, using the old way, and bringing it into the new world’ (Rene Kulitja).
Ngangkari are the traditional healers of the Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara (NPY) lands in the remote western desert of Central Australia. Ngangkari have looked after people’s physical and emotional health for thousands of years.