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Batchelor Health Centre

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Outstations Serviced
The Health Centre does not provide a regular outstation service to any areas surrounding.

Health Centre Information

Facilities and rooms: The Health Centre has a completely electronic health record information system including medication, pathology and referral management.
3 private consulting rooms
2 bed consulting room
1 emergency room
The Pharmacy holds emergency drugs, S4 and S8 drugs; all scripted medication is received from a delegated pharmacy in Palmerston.

Staff: The Health Centre is currently staffed by one Primary Health Care Manager, two part time General Practitioners, one for 2.5 days a week and the other for 1 day a week, two Remote Area Nurses (three Remote Area Nurses in dry season), one Aboriginal Health Worker and other support staff (e.g. Administration Officers and Drivers).

Community Programs
Antenatal Care
Healthy Under 5’s
Healthy School Aged Kids program
Childhood and Adult Immunisation Program
Men’s and Women’s Adult Health Check Program, includes Sexual Health
Preventable Chronic Disease Management Program
Infectious and Communicable Disease Prevention and Control

Visiting Specialists – Medical and Allied
Paediatrician: 3 monthly
Opthalmologist: yearly
Renal Team: 3 monthly
Psychiatrist: 3 monthly
Psychologist: weekly
Optometrist: yearly
Mental Health – 2 monthly
Physiotherapist – weekly
Dietitian – 6 weekly
Aged & Disability service: Children’s, Disability, Adults and Aged Teams – when required
Family and Children’s Services – Child Protection, Family Intervention/Support and Domestic Violence: Only when requested

Opening Hours
Mon:    0845 hrs – 1200 hrs | 1300 hrs – 1630 hrs
Tue:     0845 hrs – 1200 hrs | 1300 hrs – 1630 hrs
Wed:    0845 hrs – 1200 hrs | Emergencies Only
Thu:     0845 hrs – 1200 hrs | 1300 hrs – 1630 hrs
Fri:       0900 hrs – 1200 hrs | 1300 hrs – 1630 hrs

Wednesday afternoons, the clinic is closed for education, restocking, ordering.

Batchelor Primary Health Care Centre provides a 24-hour, 7 day a week emergency call out service by the Health Centres’ Remote Area Nurses and Aboriginal Health Worker.

The boundary for emergency call outs is Bulgul Community to the West, Litchfield Park perimeter to the North, Acacia community to the East and Crater Lake Road on the Stuart Highway to the South.

Emergency Evacuations
St John Ambulance volunteers very occasionally, provide a half-way meet with St Johns Ambulance service. Clinic staff carry out halfway meets with St Johns Ambulance. Careflight is used, if needed, from Litchfield Park or outer boundaries, depending on the severity of the emergency.

Contact Details
Batchelor Health Centre
Pinaroo Crescent, Batchelor, NT 0845
P: (08) 8976 0011| F: (08) 8976 0105
E:  batchelor.clinicmgr@nt.gov.au

Additional information
Batchelor Primary Health Care Centre is managed by Top End Remote, Department of Health, Northern Territory, and provides primary health care  and emergency services to the residents of Batchelor Community and outlying areas.

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Location
Batchelor community is about 100km South of Darwin, and is the main entry point for visitors to the spectacular Litchfield National Park. The Health Centre is situated in Pinaroo Crescent, opposite the town oval.

Population
Approximately 840 people reside in the Batchelor community, with a population mix across the region of 35% Aboriginal and 65% non-Aboriginal. The Litchfield Park area attracts approx 500 000 tourists annually. Batchelor Institute provides education for up to 1-2000 indigenous students annually.

Major Language Groups
English

Access

via Road: One hour drive on sealed road from Darwin, 12km West of the Stuart Highway.
via Air
: Batchelor has a sealed and unregistered airstrip that has battery-operated lights for night evacuations.
Seasonal Access
: Year round access.

Community Information
Batchelor is a well-maintained town, located in the Coomalie Shire Local Government Area, in close proximity to Darwin. The major employment industries in Batchelor are education, tourism and horticulture. The town is home to the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education [BIITE], which is a TAFE and higher education college with a strong focus on delivery of higher educational outcomes for Indigenous students from all around Australia.

History
Batchelor in the  Northern Territory has a long and interesting history in Territory terms.  Many older Australians  remember it from their  early Geography classes in the 50’s and 60’s when its development as  Rum Jungle was touted across a rapidly developing Australia. It invoked national excitement as one of the first uranium mines in Australia.  This in a period when atomic energy appeared to be the panacea to many national energy issues.  Rum Jungle, had in those early days a strong sense of national pride attached to it; a sign of a developing resource rich nation breaking new ground in Australia far North.  The dream of the rich tropics being made real.   The Rum Jungle Uranium mine eventually gave way over time to the beautiful tropical NT Town of Batchelor – but retained all the original excitement and promise. Originally set up as the service town, to Rum Jungle Uranium mine, Batchelor has grown from this role into a major regional centre. When the mine eventually closed,  the infrastructure and other facilities were passed to Governments, sold to private providers and eventually spored the wonderful town of Batchelor we know today. Winner of three NT  Keep Australia Beautiful awards over several years Batchelor retains a special charm and unique character as an historic town born of a period of enthusiasm and great vision.

City/Shire Council
Coomalie Community Government Council

Local & Govt Services
Police Station, Fire Emergency Response Group [FERG], Parks and Wildlife Commission, Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education BIITE, Batchelor Area School and Batchelor Outdoor Education Unit.

Facilities
Batchelor and Adelaide River Ovals, Post Office, Swimming Pool, Basketball Court, Tennis Court, Lawn Bowls, Butterfly café, Community Library-at BIITE, Bicentennial Park and Catholic Church.

For more information, please visit: www.coomalie.nt.gov.au

Attractions
A mini duplication of Karlstein Castle – Havlik Park.
The NT’s only butterfly sanctuary – Butterfly Farm.
WWII Commemorative Cairn and museum.
Parachuting club
Batchelor nearby has Lake Bennett, this is an artificial lake for water sports, canoeing, golf driving, bushwalking or bird watching.
The famous Litchfield National Park features a myriad of diverse environments.

For more information, please visit: Litchfield National Park

Telecommunications reception and internet access

  • Phone access – landline and Next G mobile
  • ADSL Internet/email access
  • Satellite dish (health clinic staff can access)

Permits required ie camping, alcohol, beach etc
There are public restricted areas for drinking alcohol in Batchelor community under the Northern Territory Liquor Act, for example, the Batchelor Institute and all public areas.

Useful Links
maps.travelmate.com.au
www.remoterecruitment.nt.gov.au
www.gpnnt.org.au
www.coomalie.nt.gov.au

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