Northern Territory Council of Social Service

Directory

A directory for the general public and workers to access up-to-date listing of community sector social services available in the Northern Territory.

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We work with each child in every family in a community to realise their aspirations for the cultural, social and economic wellbeing of the next generation. Education and opportunity are at the very heart of our approach, which involves working with Traditional Custodians and Elders as they lead the way in implementing the Children’s Ground Platform.

The Children’s Ground Integrated Learning and Wellbeing platform tackles the social, structural and economic determinants and inequities that currently underpin the devastating life experiences of children living in communities of extreme economic poverity. We respond to the multi-level influences on children’s development and life from pre-birth to 25 years.

The service system is designed to create a safe environment for children and families. This is achieved by priviledging  and respecting the First Language of the individual well as their culture and identity. The culture and identity of a child is fundamental to their learning and wellbeing.

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ABOUT BALUNU

The Balunu Foundation is a not for profit, charitable organisation focused on the healing of Indigenous youth and people and is based in Darwin, Northern Territory. In particular, Balunu seeks to instil a cultural identity among Indigenous youth at risk through a culturally

appropriate healing program which builds self belief and self esteem whilst assisting Indigenous youth to overcome the wide range of challenges they face as young Indigenous people in today’s society.

Balunu is focused on addressing the social challenges faced by Indigenous people and youth through a healing centred engagement approach. Although the program is Indigenous specific the program has achieved great success with non Indigenous youth who have attended the program.

Through a deliberate and purposeful program Balunu aims to provide hope for Indigenous youth and families by breaking the cycle of disadvantage through good health, education, life skills, opportunity, training, employment and most importantly healing. Identity plays the most crucial factor in strengthening the youth’s sense of self and the healing allows for the individuals to free their pain enough to take advantage of opportunity that exists to move forward in the new world, whilst maintaining a strong connection to culture and identity

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Chronic Disease Management

Dialysis treatment services on country in remote communities and via the Purple Truck. Alice Springs GP clinic for dialysis patients, primary health care and referral to allied health services.

Aged and Disability Care

Aged and disability services for dialysis patients in Alice Springs, and home care services for Mt Liebig community.

Wellbeing and Social Support

A coordinated range of support services for dialysis patients from remote communities who are required to relocate to regional centres for treatment, including assistance with transport, advocacy and social activities.

Bush Balm Social Enterprise

Bush Balms products are made from plants expertly collected on Aboriginal lands in Central Australia. Developed by and for the growing numbers of dialysis patients and their families, Bush Balms offer employment opportunities and reinvestment into expanding Purple House services.

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Relationships Australia NT can provide specialist counselling, records searching, family tracing, information and events to Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants.

Forgotten Australians refers to children who grew up in orphanages, foster care, children’s homes or other institutions in Australia from the 1920’s to the 1980’s. Former Child Migrants refers to children who were deported from the United Kingdom, often without their families’ knowledge or consent.

More information can be found at https://nt.relationships.org.au/help_with/find-and-connect-support-services/

It’s still business as usual for us, although we’ve closed our offices to limit the spread of COVID-19. Appointments will be available via phone and video only.

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Child Advocacy

An advocacy group for children up to 8 years old provides a voice for children on any issue relating to them.

 

Children’s Inclusion Support Services

Provides support, resources and training for child-care services to empower carers with confidence, skills and knowledge in successfully caring for children with special needs.

Children with additional needs may include those from culturally & linguistically diverse backgrounds, indigenous children, those with disabilities or developmental delay and refugees who have experienced torture or trauma during their refugee experiences.

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Legal Assistance

Provides legal assistance including advice and casework for indigenous women, children and young people affected by family or domestic violence.

 

North Australian Aboriginal Family Legal Service

Provides legal assistance, referral and support for indigenous men, women, children and young people affected by family or domestic violence and sexual assault. NAAFVLS also focuses on raising community awareness and implementing preventioninitiatives to address the problems of family violence.

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Wurli Clinical Services

Wurli provides a range of clinical services to Aboriginal people living in Katherine and 40 km radius. Clients can ‘walk in’ at any time during operating hours, but if clients prefer, the clinic also operates an appointment system for current clients.

Access to all clinical services is improved by our transport service, which can collect clients from anywhere within 40 kilometres of Katherine. Wurli will send out reminder letters and messages to you and family when due for an appointment or other type of follow up care.

Acute and General Care

The Main Clinic is located at 25 Third Street is staffed by male and female Registered Aboriginal Health Practitioners (RAHPs), Registered Nurse and General Practitioners.  A Senior RAHP oversees its operation in the position of the Clinic Coordinator.  The Main Clinic staff can make referrals to other Wurli services i.e. Wellbeing, AOD, SIF, Gudbinji, WWFPP and Strongbala Justice or to external organisations when required.

The Main Clinic is AGPAL accredited.

Triage

Main Clinic has a triage system in order to improve patient flow and to reduce the waiting time in which they will be allocated to a team within our triage system – Team 1, Team 2 or the Appointments Doctor – to help improve the flow in regards to their health care.

The Triage RAHP/RN provides first point of contact for all clients that present to the clinic – they take their basic observations check then they start the health journey into the main clinic for their health care. This system operates on a walk in basis.

What to see the acute and general care team for: 

The Main Clinic is the best place to come for any of the following (and more):

  • A well person’s check-up
  • Injury, wound or sore
  • Short term sickness and regular medication reviews when required
  • Screening and treating sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • Immunisations
  • General primary health care, including health education.

 

Women & Children’s Health Program

The Women’s & Children’s Team is located at 21 Third Street and has a focus on providing a healthy beginning to life.

Women’s Health

The Women’s program is the best place for women to come for any of the following (and more):

  • a well women’s check-up and PAP smears
  • advice on family planning and contraception
  • antenatal health care for pregnant women
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Privacy in screening and treating Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • any women’s health business

Child Health

The Child Health program is the best place for both men and women to bring children for any of the following (and more):

  • Developmental checks
  • Parental support
  • Early childhood nutrition
  • Babies and small children’s immunisations

Please note: sick children should go straight to Main Clinic. Men are very welcome to bring their children along to the Children’s Health program.

 

StrongBala Men’s Health

Strongbala Men’s Health  operates out of the Tom Cameron Wing at the main building, 25 Third Street. StrongBala Men’s Health deliver cultural appropriately services to our male clients. The team is staffed by male only RAHPs, Doctors and RNs.

What to see us for

The StrongBala Health Clinic is the best place for men to come if you have any of the following:

  • a well person’s check-up
  • Injury, wound or sore
  • Short term sickness such as flu
  • Immunisations
  • Privacy in screening and treating Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Advice on risks of tobacco, AOD use, lack of physical activity and nutrition.

 

Gudbinji Chronic Conditions Care

Wurli established this separate chronic disease clinic to provide a culturally appropriate and supportive service and education with an emphasis on self-management of chronic disease conditions. Coordination of the different services required by individual patients is a big feature of Gudbinji’s work and client care is not limited to clinical care or referral to allied health care. More time is used to provide client case management, education, support and advocacy to ensure a holistic approach to chronic disease management.

The Program is located at 6 Kintore Street and places very strong emphasis on developing preventative strategies revolving around healthy eating and exercise promotion and education.

What to see us for

The Gudbinji Chronic Disease Clinic will look after you if you are an adult who has been diagnosed with a chronic disease such as:

  • diabetes
  • diabetic education
  • eye health
  • heart disease
  • rheumatic heart disease
  • respiratory disease
  • renal disease
  • cancer

 

Family Partnership Program

This program delivers in-home outreach services that aims to improve pregnancy outcomes by helping women engage in good preventative health practices, support mothers to improve their child’s health and development and help mothers to develop a vision for their own future.

To achieve this, structured and sustained home visits to women pregnant with an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander child.

Their team is staffed by an RN Supervisor, 3 Family Home Visitors (RNs) and 2 Community Family Partnership Workers and operates from the Women and Children’s Centre at 21 Third Street.

What to see us for

Come see us or call us if you are an expectant mother and would like to know what support services this program can provide to you. This program is not compulsory. Don’t hesitate to contact the friendly staff who can provide you with more information.

 

Health Promotion

The Health Promotion program collaborates with all Wurli program areas to plan, implement and evaluate high quality and culturally relevant activities and campaigns in various settings including the clinics, schools, and the community to maximise positive health outcomes.

The following are priorities needing to be addressed by the Health Promotion program:

  • healthy lifestyle choices, benefits of eating good food and exercise
  • dangers of smoking and tobacco
  • pregnancy and smoking and the effects on the unborn baby
  • diabetes information

You can say “hi” to our health promotion team at:

  • National awareness campaign activities and events
  • Health promotion information and activities at public venues
  • Health promotion linkage with other Wurli programs, for example clinical programs
  • Partnerships with sporting codes and other community organisations
  • School visits and information sessions

We have many great, culturally appropriate resources to help support health promotion messages.

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Family Dispute Resolution (formerly known as Family Mediation) includes education, information, dispute resolution and group work to help couples who have separated or are in the process of separating, to resolve family, parenting or property issues. These disputes may include parenting arrangements, child support, financial arrangements and property settlement.
It’s still business as usual for us, although we’ve closed our offices to limit the spread of COVID-19. Appointments will be available via phone and video only.
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Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation (LNAC) is a large, progressive and professional Aboriginal organisation with a dual purpose: It is the representative organisation for the Larrakia people, the traditional owners of Darwin and is also a major service provider for Aboriginal people in the region.

LNAC is a dynamic, membership-based organisation, and a major Aboriginal service delivery and business development organisation in the areas of:

  • community services
  • homelessness support
  • land and sea monitoring
  • management and arts, culture and knowledge.
Aged & Disability Support Services

Larrakia Nation Aged Care Service is an approved provider of Aged Care Services for the Commonwealth Department of Health.  Our primary focus is to assist our clients in living stronger, living longer. We do this by focusing on working with individuals and their strengths, capacity and goals to enable them to remain living independently and safely in their home.

Tenancy Support

Provides life-skills training for tenants in areas such as budgeting, money & debt management, renters’ rights & responsibilities and household safety to enable them to retain tenancies and maintain healthy places to live.

Return to Country (RTC)

Provides information, referral, proof of identification documents, and return-to-country flights for indigenous people returning to their communities.

The office also finds short-term accommodation for indigenous people who are living in or visiting Darwin.

Health Engagement & Assistance in the Long Grass (HEAL) Program

Provides practical support for homeless and houseless indigenous people in order to improve their health and wellbeing. Programs include Grass Buddies and Arts in the Grass.

Larrakia Assist & Night Patrol

Our Night Patrol service runs three vehicles, seven nights a week, looking after Aboriginal people in Darwin and Palmerston. We provide early intervention to remove people from danger and keep them safe. We resolve disputes using culture and mediation.

Larrakia Outreach & Transport Service

An outreach intervention, prevention and transport service for indigenous people who are homeless, itinerant or living in the long grass. Transport is provided to enable people to attend medical appointments, Centrelink offices, other welfare services and the airstrip for return-to-country flights.

Youth Patrol

Our Youth Patrol is a new initiative funded in Night Patrol. Operating a bus with the same times and contact number as Night Patrol, we take young people home so they get to bed to be ready for school the next day. We work closely with local youth centres to deliver this service and we encourage any young people needing transport home at night to call us on 1800 101 645

Larrakia Rangers

Provide conservation and land management services including erosion control, feral animal & weed control, board walk construction, turtle rescue, fencing, marine surveys and water quality testing.

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CAAFLU provides culturally appropriate legal and support services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have experienced or are experiencing domestic and family violence or sexual assault.

  • legal advice and representation
  • advocacy
  • information
  • referrals
  • support

CAAFLU’s Legal Services

Family violence and Sexual Assault

  • Advice and court representation with domestic violence order (DVO) applications including variations and extensions
  • Assist victims in talking with police and understanding the court process
  • Assist victims in monitoring offender’s criminal proceedings and DVO breaches
  • Victims register applications

Victims of Crime Compensation

  • Applications including increase and review applications for compensation

Child Protection

  • Advice and legal representation to parents and/or extended family about their rights in relation to children
  • Care plan meetings
  • Negotiate with Territory Families in relation to contact
  • Family placement, kinship carers and reunification

Family law/Parenting Matters (only where family violence exists)

  • Representation and advice on parents and family rights in relation to children
  • Court representation
  • Representation at mediation and referrals

CAAFLU’s Support Services

General Client Support

  • Client referrals to and support in accessing other services including medical, counselling, accommodation, financial and other relevant services
  • Crisis intervention including liaison with police, medical, accommodation and financial services
  • Safety planning
  • Arrange and prioritize the use of interpreters
  • Cultural advising/brokering
  • Housing support though assisting with priority housing applications, support letters and gathering supporting documentation
  • Providing information to other local services about legal issues related to family violence and sexual assault

Community Legal Education

CAAFLU develops and delivers community legal education to government agencies, non-government organisations, schools and other community stakeholders.

Policy and Law Reform

CAAFLU contributes to relevant policy and law reform initiatives on both a state and federal level.

Organising and Engaging in Events both locally and nationally to raise awareness about family violence and to promote change in our community

 

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GIVIT Listed Ltd connects those who have with those who need, in a safe and private way. Through the GIVIT website, trusted Australian organisations are able to request exactly what is needed by their clients. These requests are listed here, where everyday Australians can donate in response. Alternatively, donors can pledge items for donation into our online warehouse which is a private online portal where registered organisations can see and reserve what’s available.

When a need is matched to a donation, the GIVIT portal sends an email to exchange contact details between the donor and the organisation where they can both liaise to arrange a delivery option. Once the charity receives the item, it is privately passed onto the recipient. The donor and recipient never meet as, above all, GIVIT aims to preserve the dignity and privacy of people accessing support.

 

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NTAHC delivers a range of programs aimed at preventing the transmission of blood-borne viruses (BBVs) and provides support for people living with a blood-borne virus. Programs are delivered in urban and remote communities via health promotion and one-on-one care and support.

Care and Support Service

Support for people living with HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C. This includes budgeting assistance, counselling, a drop-in centre, emergency-relief funds, hospital visits, provision of vitamin and mineral supplements and referral to medical services and other agencies.

Needle & Syringe Program

A community needle and syringe program providing collection boxes, replacement needles & syringes, referrals, education on harm reduction, education for service providers and education about reducing the spread of HIV and other blood-borne viruses.

Sex Worker Outreach Program (SWOPNT)

Provides counselling and support for sex workers and escort agencies and referrals to other health care agencies and education on safe-sex practices and reducing the spread of HIV and other blood-borne viruses is provided.

Safer sex products are available for purchase through the SWOPNT SWOP Shop.

Health Promotion

NTAHC develops a range of health promotion campaigns and resources throughout the year, as well as holding events to acknowledge health awareness days of significance.

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Housing Management

Housing-management services are provided for the Berrimah Estate and indigenous communities in Darwin and Palmerston areas.

Emergency Relief

Emergency relief in the form of financial assistance with bond, rent and power & water expenses for indigenous and non-indigenous singles and families in financial distress.

Municipal & Infrastructure Services

Assists with the provision of housing maintenance services for indigenous communities in the Greater Darwin region that have signed a service-level agreement with the Corporation.

Transitional Housing

Corporation rental stock is leased to indigenous and nonindigenous people who are waiting for priority public housing and are in need of short-term emergency accommodation.

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NTAHC delivers a range of programs aimed at preventing the transmission of blood-borne viruses (BBVs) and provides support for people living with a blood-borne virus. Programs are delivered in urban and remote communities via health promotion and one-on-one care and support.

Care and Support Service

Support for people living with HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C. This includes budgeting assistance, counselling, a drop-in centre, emergency-relief funds, hospital visits, provision of vitamin and mineral supplements and referral to medical services and other agencies.

Needle & Syringe Program

A community needle and syringe program providing collection boxes, replacement needles & syringes, referrals, education on harm reduction, education for service providers and education about reducing the spread of HIV and other blood-borne viruses.

Sex Worker Outreach Program (SWOPNT)

Provides counselling and support for sex workers and escort agencies and referrals to other health care agencies and education on safe-sex practices and reducing the spread of HIV and other blood-borne viruses is provided.

Safer sex products are available for purchase through the SWOPNT SWOP Shop.

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Working with People and Companion Animals in Remote Indigenous Communities.

AMRRIC is a national not for profit organisation that uses a One Health approach to bring about integrated animal health, education and community development programs in Indigenous communities.

 

Our One Health approach recognises the inextricable links between human, animal and environmental health and wellbeing. By working with remote Indigenous communities to improve the health of their companion animals we are helping to create healthier, safer and happier communities.

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Aboriginal Peak Organisations Alliance

An alliance comprising the Central Land Council (CLC), Northern Land Council (NLC), and the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance of the Northern Territory (AMSANT).

The alliance works towards providing an effective response to key issues affecting Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory;

  • advocates practical policy solutions to government;
  • increases Aboriginal involvement in policy development & implementation;
  • expands opportunities for community control; and
  • strengthens networks between Aboriginal organisations in the Northern Territory.
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Youth  Substance Assessment and Treatment Services.

Therapeutic programs are delivered within two modalities and include an individual Intensive Assessment Program (IAP) that includes comprehensive psychological assessment, case planning, education and recreation programs for  young people aged between 12 and 25 years, who are supported with 24 hour care throughout their short stay. Length of stay is detemined by the needs of each participant. Some young people may progrss on to the Substance Treatment Program (STP) for a longer period in a residential setting that is also tailored to the individual needs of each young person and delivered through qualified clinical staff,  key workers, program facilitator and an educator delivering literacy and numeracy programs. CAAPS offers , health screening, counselling, vocational support, and life skills development such as caring for self. There is an option for young people to enter either program with a family member or support person. Self referrals are welcome.

Healthy Families Residential Rehabilitation Program

A twelve-week residential treatment program providing services to primarily Aboriginal people and their families who are suffering the impact of alcohol or other drug use. Supported accommodation is provided in Dolly Garinyi Hostel for clients undertaking the treatment program. Families and individuals are offered counselling, initial health screening, life skills development such as caring for self, cooking and nutrition, budgeting and tenancy support. The Children’s program supports parenting skills development and school readiness for youngsters up to pre-school age. School age children attend local schools during their stay. The program helps children and young people deal with their feelings about having family members who misuse substances and learn skills to assist in keeping themselves safe. Self referrals are welcome.

‘Strong Steps’ – Coolalinga (drop-in AOD counselling service)

A fee free service based in Darwin’s rural area offering counselling and information  to individuals and families experiencing issues with  alcohol and other drugs. Culturally diverse and experienced staff are able to provide information to anyone affected by methamphetamine. You can drop in or make an appointment to see us  in a child friendly, comfortable and confidential environment at shop 3/465 Stuart Highway Coolalinga, NT.  We also offer phone counselling on 08 89 833 413. Email strongsteps@caaps.org.au

 

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