A First Nations community controlled organisation in Central Australia is today celebrating its 50th birthday.

On this day in 1973, the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress began advocating and supporting First Nations people in the fight for just and equity.

From 1975, Congress began evolving into Northern Territory’s largest community controlled health organisation and today continues to advocate for closing the health gap and improving outcomes.

Congress Chair Graham Dowling says the goal of speaking out on behalf of our mob has always been an important part of what we do.

He says a lot has changed over the past 50 years and throughout that time, they have been guided by the dreams and aspirations of our community-elected Board members, and their dedication to justice and self-determination.

To celebrate the milestone, Congress will be hosting a lunch today which will include the very first Congress Chair, Mr Neville Perkins OAM and current Chair, Mr Graham Dowling, along with past and present Directors, CEO’s, health workers and other Congress staff.

The lunch will be held at the Araluen Art Centre and if you are unable to attend you can head to the Congress website for the live stream.