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Jabiru Community Health Centre

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Location
The health centre is based in Jabiru in the heart of the famous World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park.

Category
John Flynn Scholars, Prevocational Doctors (PGPPP) and GP Registrars

Population
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.

Seasonal Access
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.

Outstations Serviced
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.

Health Centre Programs
Clinic Programs

Women’s and 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:
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

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

Open Times
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.

Contact Details
Jabiru Community Health Centre
Flinders Street, Jabiru NT 0886, PO Box 221
P: (08) 8979 2018 | F: (08) 8979 2041
E: nthc_pcen@nt.gov.au

Community Profile

Community Information
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.

History
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.

City/Shire Council
West Arnhem Shire Council in the township of Jabiru

Local & Govt Services
Police station, primary school and secondary school.

Facilities
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.

Attractions
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:

  • Telstra
  • Optus
  • Vodafone
  • Three

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.

Useful Links
www.kakadunationalparkaustralia.com/Jabiru

Jabiru Residents Handbook
www.westarnhem.nt.gov.au
West Arnhem Shire Council Welcome Pack
www.westarnhem.nt.gov.au

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