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Ngala Timeline 1890-2014

1890-1891

Established as House of Mercy, a non-denominational charity for single mothers, operating from a house on Lake Street, Perth from August 1891.

1894

Moves to a larger house at 100 Aberdeen Street, West Perth.

1896

House of Mercy Association registered under the Associations Incorporation Act 1895.

1898

Moves to rented house on Claisebrook Road, Perth.

1901

Moves to new two-storey brick house on Lincoln St, Highgate Hill.

1904

An Infants Home associated with the House of Mercy was opened and employed untrained nursing staff, with midwives called in to assist.

1911

Planning on providing maternity services with proposed King Edward Memorial Hospital commences and continues until KEMH opens in 1916.

1916

Renamed Alexandra Home for Women, a maternity home. Although the policy of the Home was to help women keep their babies, it was not uncommon for babies born in the Home to be adopted, either privately or through the Child Welfare Department, following their six month minimum stay.

1949

Becomes first mothercraft nurse training centre established in WA with 15 trainees aged 17-35 years in the first year.

1950

Renamed Alexandra Home for Mothers and Babies and Mothercraft Training School. In the first two years of the school, 17 trainees qualify, with 300 babies and 160 mothers cared for in the Home.

1956

Renamed Ngal-a Mothercraft Home and Training Centre Inc. The name Ngal-a was chosen from Aboriginal Noongar language and means ‘we’ or ‘two’. Continues to offer residential care for single pregnant women and new mothers, along with facilitating adoption and foster care processes.

1959

Moves to newly built facilities on a five acre block, cnr George Street and Jarrah Road, Kensington. This land was part of the 900 acre Collier Pine Plantation (government land).

The first Child Health Certificate course commences in November 1959.

1960

Ngala opportunity shop opens on Albany Hwy, Victoria Park, called 'Bargain Bazaar'.

1962

Prime Minister Menzies visits.

1966

Ngala Hall opens.

1970

South Wing is added to Ngala building.

1971

Ngala Child Care Centre opens at Kensington, with 50 places. This was a response to an identified need in the community at the time for affordable child care for parents forced to work – deserted wives, single mothers and people in financial difficulty.

1980-82

Matron Beryl Grant retires in 1980 after 21 years.

Director of Nursing, Pat Young, is appointed; title changed to Administrator in 1982.

First social worker is appointed in 1981.

1985

Transfer of Child Health Course to WA Institute of Technology (now Curtin University).

A number of reviews are undertaken, which means the cessation of institutional care of children and the introduction of a community model of care.

1988

New CEO, Mrs Rae Walter.

Submission to WA State Government for new suite of family services accepted.

1989

Mothercraft nurse training ceases.

Renamed Ngala Family Resource Centre, with a new logo depicting caring and nurturing.

A Board of Management replaces the Committee.

1990

Helpline Service commences.

Ngala's first regional base opens in Rockingham.

1995

New purpose built modern facility at Kensington opens on 31st March.

1999

Introduction of Hey Dad WA program to support fathers.

Services commence in Merriwa as Ngala Northern Community Services (NNCS).

2001

Commences management of Noranda Family Centre.

2005

ISO 900:2000 Certification by the Institute for Healthy Communities Australia.

Ngala expanded to Mirrabooka, Merriwa and Rockingham.

Ngala adopts C-Frame – a family partnership approach with families.

Prime Minister John Howard visits.

2006

Ngala at Kwinana established as part of the Communities for Children (C4C) initiative.

Services integrated under a ‘One Ngala’ banner following 2005 management review.

2007

Ngala takes on coalition lead agency for MyTime program in WA.

Parenting Advice & Support Service (PASS) at Bandyup Women's Prison commences.

Development of a service development unit.

2008

July - Ngala commences operation under new structure, split into 3 entities:

  • Ngala Children's Services (operating Child Care services)
  • Ngala Community Services (operating Education Services & Community Programs)
  • Ngala Family Services (operating the Private Hospital, including Day Stay and Overnight Stay services).

Commences delivery of workshops and consultations in rural and remote WA.

Development of a Research Agenda and formal partnerships with Universities.

2009

Introduction of two Indigenous programs in Midland and Banksia Grove.

Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) program commences in Girrawheen and Rockingham.

Tuned in Parenting (TIP) program commences, underpinned by attachment theory.

2010

Ngala's 120th year - a focus on celebration.

Early Learning Development Service (ELDS) opened at Perth Airport.

Ngala joins Mission Australia and AnglicareWA as part of the Swan Alliance in Midland area, facilitating the Midland Communities for Children (CfC) Plus project.

The WA Government raises a motion in Parliament to make a formal apology for past adoptions practices; Ngala issues a statement of support.

2011

CEO Mrs Rae Walter retires after 23 years and new CEO Mr Ashley Reid appointed.

Nurturing and Parenting Program for Youth (NAPPY) program commences in Kwinana.

Lease of new premises at Belmont.

2012

Ngala launches its first ‘app’, Healthy You Healthy Baby (HYHB).

Fatherhood service renamed DadsWA (formerly Hey Dad WA).

2013

Coordination of two new Child and Parent Centres (Neerabup and Calista).

2014

Coordination of new Child and Parent Centre (East Waikiki).

Early Learning Development Service (ELDS) opens at Joondalup.

The launch of a Reconciliation Action Plan.


 

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