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Palmerston GP Super Clinic

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Palmerston GP Super Clinic is located in the Gurd Street health precinct in Palmerston, a satellite city about 20km South of Darwin.

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Palmerston’s population is approximately 33,000. Neighboring Darwin has a population in excess of 130,000 people with an Indigenous population of around 12,600.

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Access via Road
Palmerston is about 15 minutes drive South of Darwin’s outskirts. The Ghan passenger train service from Adelaide via Alice Springs to Palmerston runs two to three times per week depending on the season.

Access via Air
The Darwin City Airport is the closest air terminal, which is located in the Darwin suburb of Marrara, approximately 20 mins drive from Palmerston. It is an international airport, with flights available to and from all major cities in Australia,  some overseas countries and many remote communities via smaller operators from Darwin Airport.

Seasonal Access
The climate of Palmerston is heavily affected by the monsoon season, with much of the yearly rain falling between November and March, a period in which tropical cyclones are often a threat. The airport may close if there is a cyclone warning.

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Health Centre Information
Facilities and rooms: Palmerston GP Super Clinic is fully computerised using Best Practice software, with 11 consulting rooms, two treatment rooms, a therapy area and multidisciplinary teaching area. All treatment and consulting rooms comprise a full suite of diagnostic and resuscitation equipment.

Staff: Currently the clinic is staffed by a total of 8 General Practitioners and 4 Registered Nurses.

Immunisations, Wounds, Care Planning, Healthy Kids, 45-49 Health Check, Well Women Checks, Physiotherapy, Psychology, Dietetics, Paediatrics and Occupational Therapy. Mental health services are also available at the Super Clinic. A Closing the Gap Indigenous clinic occurs each week. Clients can also access chronic disease managed care multidisciplinary services. Pathology collection services are available from 8am until 4 pm weekdays. The practice provides nursing home visits and home visits at the discretion of the Doctor.

Open Times
Mon – Fri:        0800hrs – 1200hrs | 1300hrs – 1800hrs
Sat & Sun:       0800hrs – 1300hrs

An Urgent Care After-Hours Service is open from 6pm to 8am in the Health Precinct to treat urgent illnesses and minor injuries. Appointments are not necessary.

Contact Details
Palmerston GP Super Clinic
Palmerston Health Precinct, 3 Gurd Street, Farrar NT 0831
PO Box 1850, Palmerston DC, NT 0830
P: (08) 8919 8919 | F: (08) 8931 3737
E:  contact@fcdhealth.net.au
W: www.fcdhealth.net.au

Additional information
The Palmerston GP Super Clinic is a joint initiative between the Australian and Northern Territory Governments that enhances access to health care services in Palmerston and the surrounding rural area. It is funded by the Australian Government’s GP Super Clinics Program and run by FCD Health Ltd, a not-for-profit joint venture between Flinders University and Charles Darwin University.

The Super Clinic opened in October 2010 and now incorporates a branch surgery located on the grounds of Charles Darwin University. It provides patient-centred and multidisciplinary primary health care, with a focus on chronic disease prevention and self-management.

Palmerston does not have a public hospital but many health providers are located in the Palmerston Health Precinct, including the Palmerston Community Care Centre, public dental service, St Johns’ Ambulance, Medical Specialists Clinic and the Farrar Medical Centre. There are seven general practices in the Palmerston health region, four of which provide after-hours services.

Training Details (info for trainees)
With Flinders University as a major stakeholder in the super clinic there is ongoing training of student Doctors and other allied health professionals, with a strong education and research culture. The Super clinic is RACGP accredited and currently taking GPs in GPT1, GPT2 and GPT3 terms.

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Community Information
Darwin is the Northern Territory’s capital city situated on the Timor Sea, on the shores of Darwin Harbour which is seven times the area of Sydney Harbour. It is the smallest and most Northerly of the Australian capital cities, and acts as the Top End’s regional centre. It is the home of Northern Territory commerce and business and with its world-class natural and cultural attractions it is also a thriving hub of activity in terms of tourism, nightlife and retail. Boasting a unique, laid-back lifestyle, Darwin enjoys warm weather all-year round and is a vibrant tropical harbor city. Today, more than 50 nationalities make up its population, including the traditional landowners, the Larrakia Aboriginal people.

Palmerston is a planned satellite city of Darwin, located between the outer industrial areas of Darwin and the rural areas of Howard Springs. It is currently the fastest growing city in the Northern Territory. There are 18 suburbs all together in Palmerston, ten of which are close to the Palmerston city centre. Palmerston is mostly residential with two light industrial areas in the North of the city.

The Larrakia Aboriginal people are the first inhabitants of the greater Darwin area. They had trading routes with Southeast Asia and imported goods from as far afield as South and Western Australia. Darwin Harbour was discovered in 1839 by the Captain of the Beagle, John Lort Stokes, who named it after a former shipmate, British naturalist Charles Darwin. It was first settled as the capital of the Northern Territory in the 1860s. Originally the settlement was named Palmerston, with its port being named Port Darwin. The town’s growth was accelerated when gold was discovered 200km South at the town of Pine Creek in 1871. The town name of Darwin over Palmerston came to be widely used by the inhabitants, and in 1911 that name became official. In the early 1970’s it became obvious that the supply of residential land in Darwin was diminishing and that a significant area would be required to provide for new urban growth. The site of Palmerston was selected as the land was adjacent to existing transportation and service corridors development of Palmerston began in 1982.

Art & Culture
Palmerston Library offers music and dance, art and craft classes for newborns, toddlers and preschoolers. Friday night markets in the City Centre offer opportunities to experience the Territory’s cultural dining diversity and  local grown produce as well as showcasing homemade wares and bright arts and crafts. The City of Palmerston hosts an annual Palmerston Festival celebrating all things family and focusing on a culture of fun and entertainment.

City/Shire Council
Palmerston City Council

Local & Govt Services
Palmerston is served by ten primary schools, three secondary schools and three non–Government schools. Charles Darwin University also has a campus in Palmerston which is located in the suburb of Durack. The campus hosts the School of Tourism and Hospitality as well as a mini-School of Conservation and Land Management.

Palmerston has all the facilities of a modern city including shady parks, shopping precincts, restaurants, sports grounds, football club, rural baseball club and a near-Olympic size swimming pool and gymnasium.

Palmerston has a Recreation Centre, Aquatic Centre, Library, and 6 screen CMAX Cinema. Palmerston has a 18 hole Golf Course and Marlow’s Lagoon provides lake features, play equipment and BBQ areas. Palmerston Markets run each Friday in the Dry season. Lake Bennet, Territory Wildlife Park and the Litchfield National Park are all close by.

Telecommunications reception and internet access

  • Phone access
  • ADSL Internet/email access
  • satellite dish

Coverage available from the three major carriers: Telstra, Optus and Vodafone.

Permits required ie camping, alcohol, beach etc
There is no permit required to access urban areas in the NT and jointly managed National Parks such as Kakadu and Katherine Gorge, although permits may be required to enter some Aboriginal lands. Liquor is not prohibited in Darwin. Swimming in the sea is not recommended due to deadly box jellyfish and crocodiles, especially between October and May.

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