Social Services

Gove District Hospital, NT.

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Social services

Nhulunbuy boasts a range of modern and family friendly facilities and amenities, including a large regional hospital with surgical and maternity services, three schools and two childcare centres and an airport with commercial and charter airlines.

Gove District Hospital

The East Arnhem region is serviced by the Gove District Hospital in the town of Nhulunbuy. The 32-bed hospital has successful links with Charles Darwin University, Menzies School of Health Research, Flinders Rural Clinical School and Northern Territory General Practitioner Education.

There are also 15 remote community clinics that refer patients to hospital for inpatient, outpatient and specialist care. Gove District Hospital also provides a district medical officer service to the region. This role encompasses medical advice, community clinic visits, orders to admit patients to the hospital and evacuation of patients for air medical services to Royal Darwin Hospital.

Miwatj Health

Miwatj Health is an independent, Aboriginal-controlled health service administered by a Board of Directors representing communities across East Arnhem Land.  Miwatj Health’s mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of residents of the communities of East Arnhem Land through the delivery of appropriate and comprehensive primary health care and to promote the control by Aboriginal communities of primary health care resources.

Private medical services

Endeavour Medical Centre in Nhulunbuy is a modern family clinic with a treatment room, audiology room, procedures room, three consulting rooms, a large waiting room and reception.

Private physiotherapy services and a dentist are also available. Visiting specialists include psychologists, optometrists, podiatrists and speech therapists.

Quality education services

Nhulunbuy offers education for children at Nhulunbuy Pre-schoolNhulunbuy Primary School, Nhulunbuy High School and Nhulunbuy Christian College.  There are also two childcare centres and a Community After School Care.

The Gove Peninsula also operates as a base for homelands schooling. A large and well-stocked community library is located on the secondary school grounds.

The Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (BIITE) has an annex in Nhulunbuy and focuses on indigenous training.

A state of the art medical training centre initiated by Flinders University  opened in March 2014, next to the Gove District Hospital.

Charles Darwin University (CDU) provides access to vocational education and training courses to Certificate IV level and some distant education delivery in the Higher Education sector. Subject areas include business and office administration, information technology, children’s services, engineering, conservation and land management, maritime studies and numeracy and literacy. Local CDU staff are available to discuss business training needs and the opportunities to service these.

The Adult Migrant English Program offers Certificates in Spoken and Written English. The Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme is also offered through the campus by Charles Darwin University’s Indigenous Academic Support Unit. Classes are delivered from the Nhulunbuy Training Centre. The training centre has computer laboratories, a conference room, a workshop equipped for metal fabrication and automotive studies, a student lounge and an open learning centre.

The Nhulunbuy Regional Training Centre can be hired out for meetings or training.

Municipal and essential services  

The Nhulunbuy Corporation provides the following town services:

  • road construction and maintenance including footpaths, walkway lighting, traffic control and parking
  • water reticulation
  • sewerage treatment and reticulation
  • waste management, garbage collection, garden waste collection and street cleaning
  • stormwater drainage
  • town planning and land development
  • parks and gardens
  • sporting and recreational facilities
  • television and radio facilities
  • vector and weed control
  • regulatory services including animal control
  • promotion and coordination of community and recreational events

Beyond Nhulunbuy, East Arnhem Regional Council operates waste management, road infrastructure maintenance, animal welfare and rates collection in the region’s major remote communities.