Darwin Area Profile

The Darwin region is located in the tropical north-west of the Northern Territory and is the most densely populated region in the NT.

Population: 23,997
Land area: 142,274km²
Climate: Mainly tropical with dry months from May to September and the wet season is from December to March. Temperatures range from 25-33C in summer to 20-30C in winter.

The Darwin region is divided into eight sub-regions:

  • Darwin (municipality)
  • Alligator
  • Daly
  • Palmerston (municpality)
  • Finnis 
  • Linfield
  • Tiwi
  • West Arnhem



Health Services in the Darwin region

Danila Dilba Health Service

Danila Dilba Biluru Butji Binnilutlum Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation, commonly known as Danila Dilba Health Service or just Danila Dilba, was established in 1991 and has its roots in the Darwin Aboriginal community. The community includes people living in the suburbs of Darwin and Palmerston, the Aboriginal town camps of Kulaluk, Minmarama Park, One Mile Dam, Knuckey's Lagoon and Fifteen Mile and homeless Aboriginal people living in temporary camps around Darwin.

The full name of the Medical Service, was given by Larrakia people, who are the traditional owners of Darwin. In their language, danila dilba is the dilly bag used to collect bush medicines and biluru butji binnilutlum means Aboriginal people getting better from sickness. The first clinic, was opened in 1991. Since 1992, Danila Dilba has been located at 32-34 Knuckey Street in Darwin City.

Danila Dilba Health Service is a community-managed organisation providing comprehensive primary health care services to Biluru communities in the Yilli Rreung Region of the Northern Territory. Danila Dilba is an all Biluru Governing Committee, whose members are chosen by the community, governs the organisation.

Danila Dilba Health Service provides a range of free comprehensive primary health care services to the Aboriginal community of the Yilli Rreung area. These services are coordinated from our Darwin, Palmerston and Mens clinics as well as the ESWB Centre and Youth Service.

Danila Dilba Health Service Primary Health Care services are funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health, NT Government and FaHCSIA. RAHC has placed a number of general practitioners with the Danila Dilba Health Service. The following information may be of use to GPs:

  • GPs do not need to bring any equipment as the consult rooms and pharmacy are fully stocked with everything they could need.
  • GP’s are always allocated a nurse (RN) and Aboriginal health worker (AHW) during their sessions so they have the cultural & clinical support in the new environment.
  • There is an emergency room set up with good facilities.
  • They do use an appointment system that actually works.
  • They offer GPs use of their vehicles over weekends when available No on-call & no weekend work .
  • They also use GP Management plans and Team Care Arrangements.

For further information on this health service visit: www.daniladilba.org.au

Other Health Services in the Darwin Region:

  • Bagot Community Health Centre
  • Batchelor Health Centre
  • Bayside Clinic
  • Casuarina Village Medical Centre
  • Cavenagh Medical centre
  • Freds Pass Medical Centre
  • Howard Springs Medical Centre
  • Moil Medical Centre
  • Nightcliff Medical Centre
  • Northlakes Medical Centre
  • Oasis Medical Centre
  • Royal Darwin Hospital
  • Stuart Park Surgery



Languages in the Region

The below languages have been noted to be present in this region. However it should be noted that as a result of colonisation, the growth of towns, and the transient nature of some Aboriginal peoples, there may be many different Aboriginal languages evident in a given area.

  • Larrakia
  • Kriol

Kriol language

Kriol is the contact language now spoken as a first language by most Aboriginal people across the region. Kriol is spoken in the Barkly and further north, but not generally far south of Tennant Creek.


RAHC provides health professionals working in Darwin accommodation in a modern self-contained fully furnished apartment in the city.

Contacts and Advice in the Darwin

The following organisations and contact numbers may be useful in locating sources of advice about Darwin. Care has been taken to ensure these details are correct, however unfortunately some may change or be unattended.

Aboriginal Resource & Development Services Inc
374 Stuart Hwy
Winnellie NT 0820
Ph: 08 8984 4192

Bagot Community Incorporated
Bagot Rd Ludmilla NT 0820
Ph: 08 8948 2222

Danila Dilba Biluru Butji Binnilutlum Health Service
32-34 Knuckey St Darwin NT
Ph: 08 8942 5444

Darwin Aboriginal Islander Women’s Shelter
Ph: 08 8945 2284

Darwin City Council
Ph: 08 89300300

Djabulukgu Association Incorporated
Unit 7/1 Pavonia Place Nightcliff NT 0810
Ph: 08 8985 3913

Emotional & Social Wellbeing – Danila Dilba
Unit 1/3 Malak Place Malak NT
Ph: 08 8927 9335
Also includes ‘Dare to Dream’

Gumileybirra Women’s Clinic
32-24 Knuckey St Darwin NT
Ph: 08 8942 5444
Service provided by Danila Dilba

Larrakia Development Corporation
U3/41 Sadgroves Crs Winnellie 0820
Ph: 08 8947 3455

Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation
76 Dick Ward Drv Coconut Grove NT 0822
Ph: 08 8948 3733

Karu Aboriginal Family Support Agency Incorporated
Shop 1-3 16 Malak Cres Malak NT 0822
Ph: 08 8920 6555

Men’s Clinic – Danila Dilba
42 McLachlan St Darwin NT
Ph: 08 8942 2186

Northern Land Council
45 Mitchell St Darwin NT 0801
Ph: 08 8920 5100

Palmerston Clinic – Danila Dilba
5/6 Woodlake Boulevard Durack NT
Ph: 08 8931 1510

Sexual Health – Danila Dilba
1/5 Bishop St Winnellie NT
Ph: 08 8942 3144

Yilli Rreung Housing Aboriginal Corporation
94 Boulter Rd Berrimah NT 0829
Ph: 1300 726 820