To me, being involved in the community is something that, if you identify as being Aboriginal, then that’s part and parcel of what you give back by being involved. That’s our shared responsibility to give back and we just don’t work for ourselves, we work for the community. **
In 1995, when asked to set up the Inala Indigenous Health Service, the first thing Dr Noel Hayman did was ask with the Inala community and elders what they wanted and needed. Our service maintains deep and vital connections throughout the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Brisbane's South.
Seventeen years later, our service employs 15 people who work in the local community. They are Aboriginal health workers, nutritionists, project co-ordinators, sexual health workers, outreach immunisation nurses, Quality assurance officers and 'HIPPY' home literacy workers. Individual roles are described at Who works in the community?
| The Inala Elders|| Wandarrah Preschool|| Inala roundtable|
| Inala Wangarra|| Inala Community Justice|| Centrelink ISOs|
| Inala Rugby League|| Inala Indigenous Interagency|| Education Queensland|
| || Youth Forum|| |
We particularly acknowledge the important ties with the Inala Elders Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation. On our website, many photos are taken from the yearly calendar produced jointly by the Inala Elders and our health service.
Well, what I've seen over the years is...they're busting their guts to get out of Inala for a start, and then in a year or two years' time, they're moving back in, because I think they moved to the other suburbs and they can't just walk down the street to their cousin's place or to their family or friend's place...So end up all moving back here, because everyone's here, really. And you can always go down the road and get a feed, or have a yarn. **
History of Inala
Inala is a suburb located 14 km south-west of the Brisbane CBD. The area was traditionally occupied by Yuggerah people and it was a good camping place with running water. In the 1950s, the Queensland Housing Commission developed the area-then called Serviceton-to accommodate returned servicemen.
For decades, the area remained relatively geographically isolated, with limited access to employment, shopping, health care services and transport. Aboriginal families began moving into the suburb in the 1960s and the Vietnamese community developed a strong presence in the years following the Vietnam War.
Today, Inala is a close-knit community with a high level of pride.
Weddings, sporting events, NAIDOC week. People will turn up…especially if its got some Indigenous input there….They're good events because usually people are feeling high in spirit because it's something that, because there is Indigenous input, so they feel proud and good about themselves. **
**Brough, M., Bond, C., & Hunt, J (2004) Strong in the City: Toward a Strength Based Approach in Indigenous Health Promotion. Health Promotion Journal of Australia 15(3):215-220