The word Wuchopperen comes from the Wik Mungkan language (Western Cape York Peninsula area around the Aurukun region) loosely translated it means House/Place of Medicine – “Wuch” meaning house or place and Operrak – medicine (encompassing of both physical and spiritual).


Wuchopperen Health Service are a not for profit, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, delivering integrated, holistic and primary health care service to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the greater Cairns region. For over 40 years their vision has been to improve the quality of life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and by doing so keeping generations growing stronger.


Each year their vital work within the community they care for produces extremely impressive results. In 2019 alone:

  • 6,598 clients had accessed and received a service
  • 63,139 client contacts were recorded
  • 367 out of 403 children between the ages of 1-5 were fully immunized
  • 88% of babies had normal birth weights
  • 8,000 client transport trips were completed
  • 2,229 total healthcare checks were undertaken


“We will continue to ‘cut the cloth’ to suit the needs of our community going forward and changes to our programs and staffing will deliver optimal quality services both now and into the future” Chief Executive Officer Dania Ahwans


Wuchopperen Health Service Programs include:

  • Holistic health
  • Women’s, children and maternal health
  • Allied health
  • Child wellbeing
  • Family wellbeing
  • Children and family centre
  • Legal services


Wuchopperen Health Service recently celebrated 40 years of service delivery to the Cairns Community.  For more information on this important milestone and to learn more about Wuchopperen please watch this short film, produced to mark this significant anniversary

If you would like to know more about the ASHM Organisational Sustaining Membership Program and the options available, please email or contact Virginia Clayton on 043 264 6555.

Our Organisational Sustaining Members have access to our affiliate program, which extends most of the benefits of ASHM membership to employees and members at no extra individual cost. Please refer to the Membership Prospectus for more information.