The Kalkaringi Health Centre was built in 2009 and provides excellent culturally safe facilities for the large communities of Kalkaringi and Daguragu located 480km south-west of Katherine.
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Kalkarindji and Daguragu are located approx 480km south west of Katherine on the Buntine Highway. The Kalkarindji community is situated in the banks of the Victoria River and Daguragu in the Wattie Creek. The communities of Kalkarindji and Daguragu are about 8 kilometers apart and connected by a sealed road. Wattie Creek crossing closes for short periods in wet.
The combined population of Kalkarindji and Daguragu is approx 750 – 800, although this population varies according to the season.
The population is split mainly between Kalkarindji and Daguragu. Kalkarindji population is approx. 450, Daguragu population is approx. 450, and Outstations population is approx. 40.
Kalkarindji and Daguragu are both serviced by a brand new, $4 million health clinic, which was opened by Katherine West Health Board in 2009. This health clinic was specifically designed to be more culturally appropriate for our aboriginal clients, with separate entries and waiting areas for men and women.
Kalkarindji was formed as a settlement supply town to service local pastoral industry which grew up in the early 1900’s in the area. As stations became larger there was less need for the services provided. It is now largely an Aboriginal town.
Daguragu grew out of the Wave Hill walk off in 1966. Led by Vincent Lingari, Gurindji stockmen and women walked off nearby cattle stations that were on land previously owned by the Gurindji people. The strike lasted 11 years but ended in the first hand back of land to Aboriginal people. (See Our History)
Both communities are surrounded by pastoral stations which we cover between visits from the mobile team based in the Katherine West office. Two of these stations include Inverway and Mistake Creek, although we get some people from Mistake Creek that come into Kalkarindji on a regular basis. Most of the people from these pastoral stations generally come in to Kalkarindji if they are in need of medical attention.
Communities, Outstations and Homelands serviced by the Kalkarindji Community Health Centres are:
Inverway. (Inverway station is normally visited twice a week because of some elderly people who reside out there.) Burda Wada, Cattle Creek, Liku, Mistake Creek (largest), Mamadi, Mt Maiyo , Mcdonalds Yard and Puturang.
Pastoral Stations serviced by the Kalkarindji Community Health Centre are: Wave Hill, Camfield, Montijinni, Top Springs, Dungowan, Mount Sanford, Limbunya, Riverin, Inverway, Bunda and Birrindudu.
Kalkarindji Health Services Information
Kalkarindji has a permanent Health Centre served by three permanent health sisters and Aboriginal Health Workers. There is a permanent doctor based at Kalkarindji. A Dentist visits the communities quarterly. People/visitors suffering medical emergencies are evacuated to Katherine and Darwin Hospitals.
Immunisations - monthly
Old people screening — 6 monthly.
Well women checks — 12 monthly.
Well men checks — 12 monthly.
Under 5 screening — 6 monthly.
Clinic staff dispense appropriate medications according to need and eligibility to the resident population.
Meals On Wheels
Kids with iron deficiency are treated and followed up and also by giving parents educational pamphlets on diet and nutrition.
Dentist — 4 monthly.
Paediatrics — 6 monthly.
Ear, Nose & Throat — bi-annually.
Ophthalmology — Annually.
Audiologist — Annually.
Dietician — 4 monthly.
Occupational Therapist — 6 monthly.
Mental health — 6-8 weekly.
AIDS/STD screening — 12 monthly.
Women's Health Nurse — Annually.
Adult Assessment & Coordination Team — 6 monthly.
Family Youth & Community Services — As required.
Environmental Health Officers — Twice each year.