Jabiru Community Health Centre
The health centre is based in Jabiru in the heart of the famous World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park.
John Flynn Scholars, Prevocational Doctors (PGPPP) and GP Registrars
Approximately 1500 residents in Jabiru and the wider Kakadu region.
Major Language Groups
English is spoken in the town and local languages (Gundjeihmi and Kunwinjku) are spoken in the outstations.
Access via Road
255kms East of Darwin (approx 2.5-3 hours) on the sealed Arnhem Highway. It is a bitumen road into Jabiru and a mix of bitumen and dirt roads to the various outstations. All roads are passable in conventional vehicles.
Access via Air
There are no commercial flights between Darwin and Jabiru, however, aircraft can be chartered from Darwin or Jabiru through Kakadu-Air.
From time to time during the wet season the Arnhem Highway and/or the Kakadu Highway may be closed due to flooding for a few days at a time. For the latest road access report, visit www.kakadu.com.au/access or call Bowali Visitor Centre (Kakadu National Park Headquarters) on (08) 8938 1120.
13 outstations are serviced by Jabiru Health Centre.
Health Centre Information
Facilities and rooms: The clinic is spacious, well maintained and air-conditioned throughout. It has three GP consulting rooms, a treatment room with four cubicles & three Aboriginal Health Worker consulting rooms.
Clinic Staff: The clinic employs two GPs to treat residents of Jabiru, Indigenous people living in Kakadu National Park and tourists to the Park. Other health professionals include a GP Registrar, a prevocational Doctor, five Remote Area Nurses (four in the dry season), three Aboriginal Health Workers, one Women’s & Children’s Health Nurse plus a range of Social Health Workers, Aged Care personnel, administrative staff and a pharmacy assistant. Many specialists visit the clinic on a regular basis.
Women’s and children’s health:
Well women’s screening
Antenatal clinic and post-natal follow-up
Well men’s screening
Men’s health clinic
Family Violence & Substance Misuse:
Client assessment, counselling and family support services to victims of family crisis, including family violence
Drug & Alcohol Counselling and Support:
Iindividual support services, built around assessment, counselling and case management.
Community Aged Care Services:
Elderly and disabled client support to assist continued living at home
Health Educationand Promotion:
Health and lifestyle education with support and coordination from the health educator
Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
Children’s hearing service
Remote Mental Health Team
Mon: 0900hrs – 1200hrs; 1300 hrs – 1600hrs
Tue: 0800hrs – 1200hrs; 1300hrs – 1600hrs
Wed: 0900hrs – 1200hrs; 1300hrs – 1600hrs
Thu: 0800hrs – 1200hrs
Fri: 0900hrs – 1200hrs; 1300hrs – 1600hrs
Sat: Emergency only
Sun: Emergency only
After hours emergency services: Nursing staff are available for emergencies seven days a week, doctors are not on duty on weekends and public holidays.
Jabiru Community Health Centre
Flinders Street, Jabiru NT 0886, PO Box 221
P: (08) 8979 2018 | F: (08) 8979 2041
The Jabiru health clinic contains two health services: Kakadu Health Service (KHS), which is in the process of becoming Red Lily (a community controlled Aboriginal Medical Service) and the Department of Health clinic.
KHS is a community-governed health care provider situated within the Jabiru Community Health Centre (JCHC) which is run by Department of Health & Community Service. It mainly serves the Aboriginal population of Kakadu National Park and surrounding regions. KHS and JCHC work in close cooperation and partnership to deliver integrated services to the community and coordinated care for patients by utilising common infrastructure and workforce resources.
Jabiru is located on a 13 square kilometre lease within the vast World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park which has camping sites, magnificent walking trails through tropical forests, billabongs and rivers. Although Jabiru was originally built to support a nearby mine, it has become a focus for tourism as well as a regional service centre for Aboriginal communities in the area.
Jabiru was established on the lands traditionally owned by the Bininj people. The town was built in 1982 to accommodate the workers of the Ranger Uranium Mine. The town has steadily grown since then due to the increasing publicity for Kakadu National Park, which Jabiru lies within. The town therefore operates as a large tourist centre during the dry season months.
Art & Culture
Culture centres, galleries and several examples of ancient rock paintings.
West Arnhem Shire Council in the township of Jabiru
Local & Govt Services
Police station, primary school and secondary school.
Service station, mechanical workshop, supermarket, post office, Westpac bank, travel agency, youth centre, childcare centre, pharmacy, bakery, hair/beauty salon, restaurant, café, swimming pool, Bowali Arts Centre, shopping complex and several sports fields.
Bowali Visitor Centre, Jabiru Town Lake (picnic areas and barbecues), freshwater fishing, the Yellow Water cruise, day-trips to Ubirr Rock, Jim, Jim Falls and the Twin Falls. There is an Olympic-size Swimming pool at Sports and Social Club and a 9-hole golf course (the only licensed premises for takeaway alcohol).
Telecommunications reception and internet access
Mobile phone access (only in Jabiru)
ADSL Internet/email access
Satellite dish (at the clinic)
Telstra mobile is the preferred network operator in Jabiru as they have the best coverage available in the area.
Information on the coverage available from four major carriers is found on their respective websites:
Permits required ie camping, alcohol, beach etc
No permit is required to access to the town and outstations. There are restrictions on bringing alcohol into Jabiru. Visitors can consume alcohol in opened containers on licensed premises, but cannot purchase takeaway alcohol unless a member of the Jabiru Golf Club.