Katherine West

Major Communities

NamePopulationResource Centre
Timber Creek700Timber Creek Community Government Council
Yarralin380Victoria-Daly Shire Council
Daguragu350Victoria-Daly Shire Council
Kalkarindji (Wave Hill)450Victoria-Daly Shire Council
Amanbidji100Ngaliwurru-Wuli Association
Lajamanu700Central Desert Shire Council




Health Services in the Katherine West Area



Yarralin Community Health Centre

Also Known as Walangeri, and services the Victoria River Downs Cattle Station.

PMB 195 Katherine NT 0852
Phone 08 8975 0893
Fax: 08 8975 0911
Email: [email protected]

The Health Centre includes resident nurses, health workers, a visiting GP (from Timber Creek) specialists and allied health professionals.

Programs running in the community:

  • Meals On Wheels — Yes
  • School screening — Yes
  • Well women checks — Yes
  • Well men checks — Yes
  • Under 5 screening — Ongoing

Visiting services to the community:

  • Paediatrics — 6 monthly
  • Ophthalmology — Annually
  • Optometrist — Annually
  • Audiologist — Annually
  • Physiotherapy — As required
  • Occupational Therapist — As required
  • Mental health — As required
  • Adult Assessment & Coordination Team — Yes, as required
  • Family Youth & Community Services — As required
  • Environmental Health Officers — by KWHB
  • Pharmacy

Clinic staff dispense appropriate medications according to need and eligibility to the resident population of Yarralin.

The Yarralin Health Centre is open from 8am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday, with a lunch break from 12.30 to 1.30. Staff are available after hours, on call.

Yarralin Health Centre also services the very large cattle station, Victoria River Downs. The Victoria River Station is located approximately 360 km south west of Katherine. 125 km from Timber Creek and is serviced from Yarralin, 25 km away.

Timber Creek

Timber Creek Health Centre
Wilson Street, Timber Creek
Phone: 08 8975 0727
Fax: 08 8975 0748
After Hours: ON-CALL staff—available for emergencies only. To obtain help after hours, call 08 8975 0727
There is a public phone at Timber Creek.



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.

  • Bilinara
  • Gurrindji
  • Jaminjung
  • Jawoyn
  • Kriol
  • Mayali
  • Miriwoong
  • Mudburra
  • Murrinpata
  • Ngaliwurru
  • Ngaringman
  • Nunggubuyu
  • Warlpiri
  • Marra

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.





A two bedroom secure house is provided to Health Centre staff. It is furnished, linen is provided and the house is air conditioned. A television & a telephone are within the house.

Limited internet usage is available at the clinic. No vehicle IS provided.

Timber Creek

Staff accommodation is provided by KWHB. Visitors can choose from Dusty’s Cabins opposite the Health Centre slightly out of town, or the Hotel and Caravan Park in the centre of town. The hotel rooms have the basic facilities including a small TV, small fridge, soap and towel – but no shampoo. Dusty’s Cabins have cooking facilities.



Contacts and Advice in Katherine West

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

Katherine West Health Board Aboriginal Corporation
Unit 10 38 Riverbank Office Village Cnr Shea & First St Katherine NT 0851
Ph: 08 8971 9300
[email protected]
Provides health services to 7 communities outside of Katherine.
Services include preventive health, maternal health, child health, chronic disease, mobile health team.

Yarralin Clinic – Katherine West Health Board
PMB 195 via Katherine NT 0852
Ph: 08 8975 0983
Medical Officer visits from Timber Creek, Nurses, Aboriginal Health Worker

Timber Creek
Timber Creek Community Government Council
PMB 150 Timber Creek NT 0852
Ph: 08 8975 0860
[email protected]

Timber Creek Clinic – Katherine West Health Board
PMB 53 via Katherine NT 0852
Ph: 08 8975 0727
[email protected]
Medical Officers, Nurses, Aboriginal Health Workers