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Kakadu Health Service

Location:
Community Health Complex Jabiru 

Category:
Medical Student Junior Doctor and GP Registrars

Population:
There are 1500 residents in Jabiru and the wider Kakadu region

Major language Groups:
Two of the local languages in the region are Gundjeihmi and Kunwinjku.  There are over 1000 first language speakers of Kunwinjku in the Kakadu region and Gunbalanya, West Arnhem Land.

Road:
250 km from Darwin on sealed roads.  Travel time approx. 2.5-3 hours one way.

 Air:
There are no commercial flights between Darwin and Jabiru; however, aircraft can be chartered from Darwin or Jabiru.

Seasonal Access:
From time to time during the Wet Season the Arnhem Highway (Jabiru to Darwin 250 km) and/or the Kakadu Highway (Jabiru to Darwin 400 km) may be closed due to flooding for a few days at a time.

Description:
The clinic is spacious, well appointed and maintained, and air-conditioned throughout. The service is loacted in Jabiru in the heart of Kakadu National Park.

Jabiru is situated on a 13 square kilometre lease within the World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park.  Jabiru was completed in 1982 and is modelled on suburban Canberra and named after Australia’s largest stork.  While initially built to support a nearby mine, Jabiru has become a focus for tourism as well as a regional service centre for Aboriginal communities in the area.

The Mirarr are traditional owners of country within the borders of Kakadu National Park.

Kakadu Health Service is a developing community-controlled primary health care provider based in Jabiru established primarily to service the Aboriginal population of Kakadu National Park and surrounding areas. It is currently auspiced by Djabulukgu Association Incorporated but actively encourages input from all Bininj within the region. The Djabulukgu Association committee has realised the demands of managing a regional health service require a dedicated health board and strongly supports efforts to create an independent health body. At present Kakadu Health Service is in the process of making the first stage of this transition.

The health service is committed to a process of integrated community development. This is in acknowledgment of the fact that health gains will be driven largely by social, economic, cultural, environmental, political and personal changes in the local population with specific health services supporting this process of change. At present the service area is that of Kakadu National Park with healthcare provided in Jabiru and at the 13 surrounding outstations although partnerships with Gunbalanya and other Western Arnhem Land communities are being strengthened all the time.

Kakadu Health Service is co-located within the Department of Health & Community Service-run Jabiru Community Health Centre and seeks to work in close cooperation with their staff. A review process is underway to look at ways the two organisations can work together more effectively and efficiently with full integration being the long-term goal.

 

Hours:

 

Morning

Afternoon

Monday

9.00am – 12.00pm

1.00 – 4.00pm

Tuesday

8.00am – 12.00pm

1.00 – 4.00pm

Wednesday

9.00am – 12.00pm

1.00 – 4.00pm

Thursday

8.00am – 12.00pm

Closed

Friday

8.00am – 12.00pm

1.00 – 4.00pm

Saturday

Nursing staff – emergency service

Sunday

Nursing staff – emergency service

After hours

Nursing staff – emergency service

 

Staff:
Kakadu Health Service is situated with the Jabiru Community Health Centre which offers a combined service provided by the Department of Health & Community Services and Kakadu Health Service.  The service is staffed by two full-time General Practitioners (Jabiru) and one full-time General Practitioner (Gunbalanya), Remote Area Nurses, Aboriginal Health Workers, a range of social health workers, aged care personnel and administrative staff.

Consulting Rooms:
There are four consulting rooms plus a treatment room, which has four cubicles.

Programs:
In addition to a broad range of clinical services offered by doctors, nurses and Aboriginal Health Workers, we also offer the following services:

Women’s & Children’s Health:
– well women’s screening, children’s clinic, immunisation, antenatal clinic and post-natal follow-up.

Men’s Health
– well men’s screening, men’s health clinic.

Family Violence & Substance Misuse
– including client assessment, counselling and family support services to victims of family crisis, including family violence.

Drug & Alcohol Counselling
- Individual support services are built around assessment, counselling and case management.

Community Aged Care Services
- services are aimed at supporting elderly and disabled clients to continue living at home as they become less independent.

Health Education
- all clinical and social health staff are involved in proving health and lifestyle education with support and coordination from the health educator.

Visiting specialist services

There are a range of specialist services that visit the clinic, from time to time, throughout the year including:

General Surgeon
Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
Paediatrician
Children’s hearing service
Eye Specialists
Medical Imaging
Remote Mental Health Team
Speech Therapist
Physiotherapist
Optometrist

Links:

http://www.jabiru.nt.gov.au

http://www.environment.gov.au/parks/publications/kakadu/visitor-guide.html