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.

Region Serviced
Disability Accessible
Fees
Interpreter services available
Aboriginal Controlled Organisation
NDIS Registered
Eligibility criteria
Age
Disability
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Gender
Referrals

Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS)

General medical services are provided for Aboriginal families and singles.

Counselling

Emotional & social wellbeing counselling and support areoffered for those affected as a result of the stolen generations. General counselling is available for families and individuals and may deal with stress, trauma, anxiety, depression, postnatal depression, loss & grief, relationship difficulties, sexuality and domestic violence.Women’s groups are also available.

 

Infant & Child Health Screening

Screening and monitoring of health for infants and childrenunder five years old is provided as well as advice about health concerns for parents with children in this age group.The service particularly assists indigenous families.

 

Men’s Clinic

A men’s health clinic, with referrals as necessary.The Clinic focuses on the early detection and treatment ofchronic diseases. The service particularly assists indigenous males.

Mobile Clinic

A mobile clinic offers health services for the frail aged, the ill and those who have disabilities and are unable to attend the Health Service and for those who do not have transport. The service particularly assists indigenous people.

 

Sexual Health

A sexual health clinic for the indigenous community, includes testing, counselling and medical treatment for HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmissible infections.

Social & Emotional Well-Being

A social and emotional wellbeing worker is available to provide support for members of the indigenous community who have mental health problems or emotional difficulties.

 

Specialist Clinical Services

Specialist allied health & medical services include audiology, paediatrics, ear, nose and throat (ENT), treatment for diabetes and asthma, podiatry and colonoscopy. Specialist medical physicians are also available.

Well Women’s Clinic

A women’s health clinic, with referrals as necessary, offering family planning & fertility advice, pregnancy testing & advice, Pap smears, breast examination and rubella immunisation. The Clinic also focuses on the early detection and treatment of chronic diseases.

The service particularly assists indigenous females.

Youth Services

Youth services include activities, counselling and support for children and young people. Counselling may deal with stress, trauma, anxiety, depression, postnatal depression, loss & grief, relationship difficulties, sexuality and domestic violence.

Counselling

Individual and group counselling are available as part of a twelve week residential rehabilitation program for indigenous and nonindigenous people with alcohol problems.

 

Drug & Alcohol Education Awareness Program for Schools & Youth Groups

Provides education and awareness at schools for children and young people in Years 5 to 12 about alcohol or other drugs. Youth groups are also available across the Top End.

 

Education & General Information

Education and general information are provided for indigenous and non-indigenous people with alcohol problems.

 

Residential Rehabilitation Program

A twelve-week residential treatment program for indigenous and non-indigenous adults and young people over 18 years old. The program provides an opportunity to identify and address the main problems and concerns relating to their substance misuse.

Darwin Toy Library is a community based organisation located in the Darwin suburb of Marrara, Northern Territory. toy lending service in Marrara. The service offers information on parenting, toys and equipment for parents, carers and community members to promote the learning, development and wellbeing of children in Darwin.

 

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Calvary Community Care provides home care services to help you live an independent lifestyle in your own home.

Our services include shopping and cooking, transport and outings, respite care, hospital to home, credentialed and nursing services, home maintenance, personal care, 24 hour and overnight care, 24 hour personal alarms and domestic assistance. We also provide innovative services such as Pet assistance Welfare Services (PAWS), Flying Solo program and the Holiday Help program.

 

Calvary Community Care is a provider of:

  • Home Care Packages Levels 1-4
  • Community Home Support Programs
  • Veterans Home Care
  • Disability in Home Support, and
  • Individual Support Programs.

 

For more details on how Calvary Community Care can offer support call 1300 66 00 22, visithttps://www.calvarycommunitycare.org.au or email ccc@calvarycare.org.au

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Somerville Community Services is a non-government, not-for-profit youth, family and community welfare organisation. Somerville prioritises and advocates for access to resources that will help disadvantaged Territorians to improve their circumstances and provide essential services to the community.  Somerville manages a number of emergency relief programs to help people deal with their immediate crisis situation in a way that maintains the dignity of the individual and encourages self reliance.

Counselling, Support & Education

Provides counselling, support and resources for people who have experienced directly or indirectly the trauma of the sudden & unexpected death of a baby, child or young person from conception up to 18 years old, regardless of cause. The service also runs education programs about reducing the risk of SIDS and safe sleeping.

A twenty-four-hour support line is available.

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The Smith Family is a national, independent children’s charity helping disadvantaged Australians to get the most out of their education, so they can create better futures for themselves.

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Pandanus is a free and confidential service for young pregnant women and young parents wanting pre and post natal support and education. We aim to increase awareness of healthy relationships and enable young people to build support networks.

Food for Life Foodbank

Foodbank Australia is a not-for-profit, non-denominationalorganisation which collects surplus, salvaged and donated food and grocery products from food manufacturers, distributors & retailers and distributes it via charitable welfare organisations to people in need of emergency relief.

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CatholicCare NT is a not-for-profit organisation, providing counselling services and programs to individuals, couples, families, children groups, schools and agencies across the Northern Territory.

The organisation provides counselling and other support services in Darwin, Palmerston, Katherine, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs, Tiwi, Wadeye, Nauiyu, Jabiru, Maningrida, Nhulunbuy, Yirrkala, Ltyentye Apurte, Finke, Titjikala, Indulkana and Ali Curung.

This program aims to provide a range of counselling interventions to people who are experiencing problems with alcohol and other drugs problems.

Our professional counsellors aim to work with individual and family members who are affected by alcohol and other drug misuse to identify issues and explore better options.

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The Sunrise Centre Homeless Program

The workers at Sunrise help people re-connect with their community through introducing them to friendship and activity groups. They help them find long term accommodation, identify participant finanace concerns, organise government income entitlements and identify a local medical practice they can rely on, among many other things, such as advocacy and referrals.

All of this is vital to a person’s rehabilitation and re-introduction to their community. Being on the street or ‘couch surfing’ for an extended period of time makes people feel very isolated, so it’s important that they have all the knowledge and tools they need to stand on their own, when they are ready to leave the centre.

The Sunrise Homeless Program accommodates 30 single homeless people year round. Each person gets their own room with a bed, wardrobe, chair and desk, and adjoining bathroom. The typical length of stay is three months during which each person receives intensive assistance from a professional case worker.

The goal of each case worker is to fully understand the reasons for each person’s homelessness and develop a strategy for future accomodation and support options.

Services Available

  • Accommodation for singles 18 years or over
  • Referrals can be made by self or any agency
  • A caseworker is available for support and practical assistance.
  • The case worker can help with referrals and contact with other organisations
  • As we are a  temporary accommodation provider, the maximum stay is for 3 months
  • We can make referrals to assist you in finding more permanent accommodation

We Provide:

  • 30 short term accommodation beds
  • Residents have their own bedroom and a bathroom.
  • Case Worker Assistance
  • Advocacy, Practical & Emotional Support

 

Veterans’ Welfare

Provides welfare services and advice about pensions andconcessions incapacitated veterans of all ages and assistswith applications and claims to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

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Save the Children is one of Australia’s largest aid and development agencies dedicated to helping children. The organisation works to protect children from harm and assist them to access qaultiy education and health services.

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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.

Anyinginyi is a multi-disciplinary organisation which provides primary health care services to the people of Tennant Creek and the surrounding Barkly region.

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CatholicCare NT is a not-for-profit organisation, providing counselling services and programs to individuals, couples, families, children groups, schools and agencies across the Northern Territory.

The organisation provides counselling and other support services in Darwin, Palmerston, Katherine, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs, Tiwi, Wadeye, Nauiyu, Jabiru, Maningrida, Nhulunbuy, Yirrkala, Ltyentye Apurte, Finke, Titjikala, Indulkana and Ali Curung.

PHAMS provide increased opportunities for recovery by helping to overcome social isolation and increasing connections to the community with the support of personal helpers and mentors.

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OutCARE supports people leaving prison to rebuild their lives, reconnect with family and work towards a positive future. This includes helping with immediate practical needs on release, linking with employment, training and community supports and exploring longer term goals.

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Tangentyere Council is the major service delivery agency for the 18 Housing Associations known as ‘town camps’ in Alice Springs.

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BushMob runs a residential program in Alice Springs for young people aged 12 to 25 years of age, wanting to get their lives back on track without alcohol, drugs or sniffing. The program allows each participant the option of a support person who can stay with them for a few days when they begin the program. The program requires the participants to undertake alcohol and other drug assessments, receive medical checkups and receive counselling. The BushMob residential program is a very unique program, tailored to meet the needs of young people living in Central Australia.

Outreach Bush Adventure Therapy Program

An early intervention program providing weekly, overnight & two-week adventure bush trips & camps for groups of 8 to 30 young people 12 to 25 years old. The programs focus on preventing youth homelessness; drug, alcohol & sniffing misuse; and disconnection of young people from their schools, families & communities. Program areas include skills development, self-discovery, counselling, team work, bush walking, swimming, rock climbing, caving, camel or horse treks, four-wheel driving, cooking & mechanics.

Outreach Intensive Support Programs for Young People

Support programs are provided for disadvantaged youngpeople 12 to 25 years old who are at risk of engaging in the misuse of alcohol, drugs or sniffing substances.Support available includes 24-hour care in residentialaccommodation, case management, counselling, briefintervention, life-skills development and education & training programs.

After-hours telephone contact is available.

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