Wulli Wulli Indigenous Disabilty Services

Supporting Indigenous NDIS Participants in the Townsville Area


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OUR TEAM

Graham Pattel

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I’m Graham and I am from the Bidjara Nation. I grew up in Winton. My father was a Drover and my mother was a busy mother of nine children. After I left school I travelled around Australia and lived in many remote communities.

I am proud of my 3 children and 10 grandchildren who all live in Sydney. I have two brothers and five sisters who are married with children of their own.

I was an active community member in Brisbane during 70s, 80s, to 2000, involved in many community activities and Kambu Rugby League Football Club. I moved to Townsville to be close to my family and to take up new challenges.In my spare time I like to watch football and support my grandchildren as they make their way into adulthood.

I have been on the boards of several Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander organisations and was employed as a Senior Field Officer with the old Ipswich Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Legal Services for several years.

I am very passionate about Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander politics, especially the unacceptably high rates of suicide along our young people. I am also concerned about the high rates of incarceration of our people.

Many of our peoples have unacceptable health issues, especially diabetes which has claimed the lives of many. Margaret and I decided to start Wulli Wulli Indigenous Disability services not only to address health issues, but to deliver a culturally appropriate service to our clients.

I have a sound understanding of the issues that challenge our people in their daily lives and bring cultural knowledge and a long history of community grassroots involvement to my organisation and my work.

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Margaret Hure

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My name is Margaret and I belong to the Wakka Wakka and Wulli Wulli people. I grew up in Mount Isa and most of my childhood years were spent with my Mother’s sister. Travelling between the two I would go to school and go home to Mum on holidays. I have three children. Natalie and Dallas work in Indigenous Health and Shireen is a stay at home grandmother looking after her grandsons, one of whom has a disability.

I lived in Brisbane for about 10 years before moving back to Bundaberg where most of my extended family live. We are a close-knit family with special relationships with each other on many different levels. Family is the very core of the home.

I worked in the youth justice area for the past 24 years but am now focussing on working with people with disabilities including mental health. I love doing community development work with a focus on disability.

I also worked in community controlled health services with social and emotional wellbeing which exists in a context of collective and transgenerational trauma. To develop cultural competence in these areas, I entered into mentoring relationships with Aboriginal elders which continue today.

I have just completed a Primary Health Certificate IV and I want to focus on disability. Historically the focus on Indigenous people with disabilities has been from a medical model and while primary health care is essential, it has come at the cost of recognising the social aspects of disability. This meant that discrimination against Indigenous people with disability remains firmly entrenched.

We always had alcohol and drug issues in our communities. The social impact of these issues has a huge impact on our communities.

During my time in youth justice I had many challenges with young people who had many emotional and Indigenous communities by its sheer nature have people with disabilities for most of their lives. I was often asked by management to assist them in managing young people in a culturally appropriate manner. They knew that I had an extensive knowledge to understand what indigenous young people were experiencing.

I love to learn and study and I have completed mental health diplomas, which focussed on Indigenous health, social and emotional disciplines. I now looking forward to using my experience to assist people with disabilities and make a real difference in our communities.

Click here to access my Resume

Wulli Wulli Indigenous Disability Services respects your privacy and will only ever use your personal information to support the delivery of services to you. No personal information is stored on our website and we will never share your details with anyone without your permission.


Wulli Wulli Indigenous Disability Services respects your privacy and will only ever use your personal information to support the delivery of services to you. No personal information is stored on our website and we will never share your details with anyone without your permission.