Community Health

Location: Ground Floor, Government Centre, First Street, Katherine, NT
Phone: 08 8973 8570
Fax: 08 8973 8775


Location and Contacts Government Centre, First Street, Katherine NT 0852 Services Ground Floor: Clinic: 08 8973 8570 By appointments only Treatment Room Services Monday to Friday 8am to 4:30pm by appointment Immunisation Clinics (by appointment) Tuesday 1pm to 3:30pm - 15 years and adults Thursday 8:30am to 11:30am - 0 to 3 years old Thursday 1pm to 3:30pm - 4 years old. Infant Health Clinics Monday Tindal Infant Health Tuesday Government Centre Infant Health Wednesday Government Centre assessment by appointment Thursday Government Centre Infant Health Friday Government Centre assessment by appointment Maternal Health Antenatal and postnatal care Follow up maternal health Home visits on hospital discharge Follow up at Infant Health Clinic Nutrition Outpatient Clinic By appointment only. Enuresis Program for Children (Bed wetting program) By appointment only School Medical Screening Routine screening of children in transition for hearing, sight and colour vision & general developmental assessment Domicilliary Nursing Care and support for the terminally ill, handicapped, frail and aged. A variety of nursing duties are carried out in the home on referral from General Practitioner, hospital, community services or from the client. NT Hearing Services Hearing testing babies children and adults. Professional advice and support Hearing conservation program Oral Health (Dental Clinic) General dental services are available for Health Care/Pension Card holders and High School students. An orthodontist visits the centre every six weeks. Pre and Primary School children receive treatment at school clinics. Parental consent is required before treatment can be carried out. A rural Dental Service is available. Ph: 8973 8573 Alcohol and other Drugs Program: Phone (08) 8973 8478 Alcohol and Other Drug Program The Alcohol & Other Drug Program develops and coordinates strategies to address the harm associated with substance abuse in the Northern Territory. It deals with a range of health and other issues associated with both legal and illicit substances. Alcohol, tobacco, petrol, prescription drug misuse and kava are of particular concern in the Territory. In the Katherine region the focus is on the following: Community Education Offers a range of education and training services in the Katherine region. Community education sessions - school, council, women's centre, health staff and the general public. Community Development and Capacity Building Assist communities in developing and implementing Drug and Alcohol projects Development of culturally appropriate resources. Work with other agencies to develop diversionary activities. Training and Professional Development Offers accredited training in Certificated II, III, & IV Community Services Alcohol and other Drugs Work. Health Promotion Unit Health promotion is a key strategy that can be actioned across all program areas. Health Promotion units work to strengthen understanding and practice of contemporary public health, particularly health promotion, disease prevention and early intervention activities. The HPU have a particular focus on the following three areas Policy development, research, evaluation and development of resources. The planning and implementing of health promotion activities in remote communities and facilitating and supporting community initiatives in health promotion and assist with community based resource development. Accredited and non-accredited training in Health Promotion Principles and Practice. Women's Health Educator The Women's Health Educator based in Katherine supports health professionals in urban and remote areas in delivering a broad range of women's health services including: women's health education in the community working together with other agencies involved in women's health providing women's health education for health professionals working in partnership with women in the community to improve women's health Health Promoting School Nurse Providing holistic health care to the school community through management of clinical and health promotion services within the high school and the feeder primary schools. Based at the Katherine High School. For further information please phone (08) 8973 8204. Nutrition Services The Department of Health and Community Services employs a nutritionist / dietitian who is based in Katherine. The aim of the program is to provide services to some remote communities located in the Katherine District and the Katherine Urban Community. The key areas of work include: Providing support and nutrition training to community based workers Providing nutrition advice to Maternal and Child Health and Preventable Chronic Disease Programs Monitoring and advocating for improvements to the food supply in remote areas Providing education to community members in food and nutrition The DHCS Nutritionist/Dietitian also provides a clinical service to the Katherine District Hospital and the Katherine Urban community For further information please phone 8973 8946. District Liaison On behalf of the Services Development Division, the District Liaison Officer negotiates, monitors and maintains Service Level Agreements with Non-Government Organisations in the Katherine Region. For further information phone (08) 8973 8989 or fax (08) 8973 8592. Family and Children's Services - phone 8973 8600 FACS is the Department of Health and Community Services child protection agency servicing the Katherine urban and rural regions. The role of FACS is to: receive and investigate notifications of child maltreatment. assess children who for other reasons may be in need of alternate care provide family support services and a referral service to families under stress where children may be at risk. provide short term/respite care for children when family are unable to care for them. operate the Pensioner Concession Scheme Notification of suspected child maltreatment is mandatory in the NT. Phone 8973 8600 to contact FACS at any time to discuss concerns. Katherine Mental Health - phone 8973 8724 Our aim is to provide assessment, treatment and case management to individuals living with a severe mental illness, to promote mental health in Katherine and the communities of the Katherine region, and provide on-going education and support to carers, other agencies, and the community as a whole. Katherine Mental Health is staffed Monday to Friday 0800 hrs - 1630 hrs by Registered Psychiatric Nurses and an Aboriginal Mental Health Worker. Clients of the service have access to review by the visiting psychiatrist as required, and to the services of a visiting psychologist. The office is located on the Ground Floor of the Government Centre, adjacent to the Eastern entrance. Referrals are taken by phone/in writing/in person, from any source, hospital, GP's, family , friends, or individuals may self refer. Phone 8973 8724 Fax 8973 8561 Contact us General Manager DHCS Katherine District PMB 73 Katherine Northern Territory 0852 Phone: (08) 8973 9211 Fax: (08) 8973 9039