Danila Dilba Health Service is an Aboriginal community-controlled organisation that provides comprehensive, high-quality primary health care and community services to Biluru (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) people in the Yilli Rreung (greater Darwin) region.
Our clinics are guided by an ‘Aboriginal health practitioner first’ policy, so you will be seen by an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner before a doctor.
We have services in five places – the Knuckey Street and Men’s Clinics in Darwin city, the Palmerston Health Centre that includes the Gumileybirra Women’s Clinic, Child Health Unit and Dental Clinic, our Social and Emotional wellbeing Centre and Community Services based in Malak, and our Youth Service in the Palmerston suburb of Gray.
We want to improve the physical, mental, spiritual, cultural and social wellbeing of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people who visit our clinics and access our services.
Knuckey Street Clinic
Our Knuckey Street Clinic provides high-quality, complete health care in a culturally-appropriate environment, serviced by GPs, nurses and Aboriginal Health Practitioners.
The clinic has a Live Well, Stay Well chronic disease team and family support workers who focus on prevention, early detection and management of chronic disease or chronic conditions.
The team tries to make visits as comfortable as possible through client liaison, easy bookings and support in accessing other agencies.
The chronic disease team provides services and follow-up care to patients with a chronic and/or complex disease, including diabetes, kidney disease, cardiac and lung disease, hypertension, and cancer.
Knuckey Street also provides outreach services through our mobile clinic, which provides services to people who are either homeless, or living in town camps in the Darwin and Palmerston areas.
Visiting specialists and allied health services
Danila Dilba clinics provide access to a number of visiting specialist and allied health services that include:
- cardiologist and cardiac educator
- diabetes educator
- sonographer (echo)
- specialist physician
Care coordination and supplementary services
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with chronic health conditions can improve their health through this program, which gives them better access to coordinated, complete care.
Guided by four Care Coordinators who specialise in cancer, respiratory, cardiac diseases and diabetes, the goal is for patients to receive care and access to a range of specialist and allied health services.
The Men’s Clinic provides comprehensive health care to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander men. The clinic has male staff to provide a comfortable and culturally appropriate environment for our male patients.
The clinic provides ‘well men’s checks’ along with care plans that focus on early detection and treatment of cancer and heart disease, the leading cause of death for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men.
Palmerston Health Centre
Our Palmerston Health Centre has a general clinic providing high quality, culturally appropriate complete health care to families.
Gumileybirra Women’s Clinic at the Palmerston Health Centre is staffed by women and provides a range of health services specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children. The clinic cares for mums and their babies during and after pregnancy, including specialist care for high-risk mothers. Gumileybirra also links mums and their children to community and other health services.
The Child Health Unit provides immunisations, health checks, developmental screening and education.
The centre’s Dental Clinic provides a holistic and consistent approach to oral health care that includes prevention, oral health education, early diagnosis and full mouth rehabilitation.
The Emotional and Social Wellbeing (ESWB) Centre at Malak aims to improve the psychological health of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in the Yilli Rreung region.
The two main programs at the centre are Bringing them Home and Dare to Dream.
Bringing them Home provides counselling and therapeutic services for members of the Stolen Generations and their families. The program helps to address the long-term impact of government policies that saw the removal, displacement and dispossession of Indigenous people.
Dare to Dream is an early intervention mental health program for young Indigenous people up to the age of 18, their families and carers. The program is designed to build resilience, coping skills and improved emotional health and wellbeing among clients as well as support for families and carers.
Other community services include:
- alcohol and other drugs
- tackling tobacco
- health promotion/sexual health
- Healthy Kids, Stronger Futures.