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The Department of Health exists to provide services that work together for the health and well-being of our communities: maximising physical health but also the mental, social and environmental well-being of all Territorians.
Improving Aboriginal health as part of efforts to overcome Aboriginal disadvantage more generally, poses the greatest single challenge to the Northern Territory and its health care system.
This site assists in the ongoing management and prevention of Acute Rheumatic Fever (ARF) of patients in the Northern Territory who have previously had Acute Rheumatic Fever (ARF) or currently have Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD).
An Advance Personal Plan (APP) is a document that allows you to make decisions about your future health, financial and lifestyle preferences should you lose decision-making capacity whether as a result of age, illness, accident or otherwise.
The Aged and Disability Program works in partnership to enhance opportunities for people with disabilities, children with developmental concerns, people who are ageing and their families and carers, to contribute to and participate in the community.
The Department of Health is implementing alcohol mandatory treatment for people who are repeatedly taken into Police protective custody due to their alcohol abuse.
The Alcohol and Other Drugs Program aims to minimise harm associated with the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, through a range of prevention, education, treatment and community action initiatives.
The Department provides a range of allied health professional services for the community. Depending on the type and nature of the service required, it may be provided in settings such as hospitals, community health centres, in the home and community, schools, rehabilitation units and childcare centres.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer for Aboriginal women and the survival rate for remote women is much lower than for non-Indigneous women in urban centres. The BreastScreenNT Mobile 4WD service will assist in detecting cancer early and increase survival rates across the Territory.
Bushtel is a central point for information about the regions in the Northern Territory, its people and communities, its cultural and historical influences and the statistics and data that allow for informed decision-making.
Recieving a diagnosis of cancer is the beginning of one of life's most challenging journeys; not only for you the patient, but your families, carers and friends. The Cancer Services website aims to help you start that journey and provide information and links that will assist you in the many choices you need to make as a cancer survivor. Health Professionals and Researchers will also find a wealth of information and resources to enrich their specialised knowledge in this broad and challenging field.
The Centre of Disease Control has offices in the five major urban centres in the NT and provides clinical services, including screening and contact tracing, for sexual health, blood born viruses, tuberculosis, leprosy and other mycobacterial diseases. CDC's role includes policy and clinical guideline development for these diseases.
The Child and Youth Health Strategy Unit in the Department of Health (DoH), supports the attainment of the best possible health and development for current and future generations of children in the Northern Territory (NT). We recognise that pregnancy and the early years of life play key roles, in health and development, over the entire life span.
This page includes The Chronic Diseases Network (CDN), Chronic Conditions Prevention and Management Strategy 2010-2020, and the Chronic Conditions Strategy Unit.
Clinic 34 is a specialist sexual health service that provides testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C.
We are a dynamic community-based primary health care service network promoting wellness and addressing illness, injury and impairment through quality evidence-based community health care for the NT community.
The Community Visitor Program specialises in complaints resolution and advocacy for people receiving treatment from NT Mental Health Services. It is an independent service established to promote and protect the rights of Territorians affected by mental illness.
This section displays current health alerts and warnings.
This section is a collection of various Departmental publications in subject categories. The subjects encompass documents ranging from strategic direction to research guidelines and health standards.
This section contains information on licensing and tenders for small businesses, contractors and Non-Government Organisations. The information provided is to assist compliance with NT Government laws and policies.
Our name has changed and our website has moved. Formerly LifeNet NT, the Northern Territory organ donation team is now DonateLife NT and a proud member of the new national DonateLife network.
Generally an elective surgery procedure is one performed in an operating theatre facility under some form of anaesthesia by a surgeon. A surgeon is a doctor who undertakes the treatment of injuries or disorders by performing surgery. It is booked following a medical assessment by a doctor or health professional who believes the surgery to be clinically necessary but it can be delayed for at least 24 hours.
The Department of Health is responsible for three key functional groups in the Northern Territory's emergency management arrangements. A fourth functional group, on behalf of the Australian Government, has the responsibility to coordinate a National and International response for the recovery of patients, principally within the APEC region.
The Environmental Health Program has a Territory wide commitment to reducing the amount of disease in the community caused by physical, chemical, biological and radiological factors in the environment.
Expanding Health Service Delivery Initiative (EHSDI) is part of the joint initiative between the Australian Government and Northern Territory Government to progress both Governments' Closing the Gap policies and address Aboriginal disadvantage, with substantial funding allocated to improve access to health and education services. Primary Health service delivery in the Northern Territory is in the midst of significant reform in the following.
This section provides information for health and community services professionals. This information ranges from departmental publications and evidence-based information, through licensing and registration to scholarships.
Information regarding the availability of the H1N1 Human Swine Flu Vaccine.
Australia's Northern Territory has now entered its annual rainy season, more simply called 'the Wet', when the seasonal monsoon brings frequent storms and, most years, potentially damaging cyclones. The heavy rains give relief from the heat and humidity, and bring to vivid life the flora - and the tropical frogs - that have been biding their time throughout the 'build-up' that follows the dry season.
Epidemiology Branch's core business is to monitor the health status of the Northern Territory by collecting population level information. Generally Epidemiology investigates the spread of diseases based on the collection of population level statistics. Data analysed includes mortality, cancer and perinatal information. For information on communicable diseases please refer to the Centre for Disease Control.
The Northern Territory Top End cyclone season has commenced and will continue until end-April 2012. During this period, Northern Territory coastal areas, including Darwin and surrounds, are naturally prone to cyclonic events.
The Health Professions Licensing Authority (HPLA) is a branch of the Department of Health. The branch is established to provide the administrative and operational support necessary to facilitate the various Health Professional Boards to perform their functions.
The Health Promotion Strategy Unit is part of the Health Development Branch in the NT Department of Health. The Health Promotion Strategy Unit has a range of roles and functions.
The future for health services in the Northern Territory is bright, but we have come to a place where change must occur. Population projections clearly show that if we continue to operate the health system the way we are now, it will eventually fail under the pressure of increased demand.
The Health and Community Services Complaints Commission is an independent Statutory Body that conciliates, investigates and resolved complaints against providers of health and community services in the Northern Territory.
Five public hospitals, located in Darwin, Alice Springs, Nhulunbuy (Gove), Katherine and Tennant Creek form a network throughout the Territory.
This is a list of Health hotlines and helplines
We deliver social and health-related payments and services
In the Northern Territory we often get a surge in flu cases in March or April before the annual flu season in southern states. Therefore it is important to be vaccinated against influenza as early in the year as possible.
The Northern Territory Health Libraries network supports the research and information needs of all Departmental staff and affiliated health professionals throughout the Northern Territory. The network is made up of five branch libraries located in Darwin, Alice Springs, Nhulunbuy, Katherine and Tennant Creek. Our purpose is to support patient and public health care, through the delivery of evidence-based information and knowledge resources and services, specifically for clinical decision-support, public health programs, education and training, health technology assessment, research, policy, management and administration.
Medical Entomology is a unit of the Centre for Disease Control within the Health Protection Division of the Department of Health. Medical Entomology provides advice and carries out surveillance, monitoring, and control of insects and related animals that affect human health. It primarily performs a public health function with the aim of reducing the impact of insects of medical importance on the health and well being of the people of the Northern Territory. Mosquitoes and biting midges are the primary focus.
This site provides information about available medical officer positions around the Territory Hospitals.
Whether you are male or female (gender) is a major factor in how long you live and the types of diseases that may affect you. It is important to recognise that our health system needs to be responsive to the diversity which exists in Australian society - a one size fits all approach will not meet the needs of all people and that is why services need to consider approaches which take into consideration the specific needs of men and women.
The Mental Health Program's Policy and Program Management team is a small team based in Darwin that works to the Director of the Program and across a range of local and national priority areas. The team works in partnership with health services, clinicians, consumers and their carers to develop mental health services that can provide the best outcomes for Territorians and also has a primary responsibility for implementing, monitoring and reporting progress on all National Mental Health Strategy initiatives in addition to substantial local responsibilities.
All organisations funded by the Department of Health are invited to comment on documents relating to the new Funding Agreement package.
This site is for Northern Territory families who are bringing up kids. You can read tips about parenting and living in families and link to other useful websites.
Information regarding these Boards is maintained on this website; Aboriginal Health Workers Board, Occupational Therapists Board, Radiographers Board.
Access Nursing information relating to Territory Nurses: current jobs, working conditions, studies grants and the Annual Nursing and Midwifery Awards.
The Nutrition And Physical Activity Program's vision is 'improved nutritional status and health of Territorians' and its work is guided by the Nutrition and Physical Activity Program Action Plan 2007-2012.
Palliative care is active care that aims to promote comfort when cure is no longer possible. It offers a positive approach to caring and encourages people to live as full a life as they can when faced with a life limiting illness.
The PBS was developed by the Australian Government to ensure that all Australian residents and eligible visitors have access to necessary and life-saving medicines at an affordable price.
The Remote Health Atlas website enables Remote Health Workers across the Northern Territory and visitors to the site to access comprehensive health resources online. It is hoped that the availablity of this information is helpful to all users and visitors.
The Remote Health Branch provides primary health services to remote communities throughout the NT. We supply health and support services in culturally and geographically diverse places - from the desert areas in Central Australia to island communities in the Top End.
Our mission is to improve renal heath in the Northern Territory.
The website has been developed as part of the Northern Territory Safe Sex No Regrets Campaign that is running from August 2008 for twelve months. The campaign is aimed at people aged 15-29 years old
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At SARC we provide a range of services including counselling to both adults and children who may have experienced (recently or many years ago) any form of sexual assault. Sexual assault can range from verbal harassment; unwanted touching or exhibitionism, to a violent attack.
For many years medical specialists in the Northern Territory have provided services to rural and remote areas. Often these services are based on the goodwill and philanthropic nature of the Doctors and over time some funding has been dedicated to expand and improve Territorians access to specialist services.
Avoid getting stung. Do not enter the sea and most importantly do not let children enter the sea during stinger season. Beware of shallow water in creeks and near boat ramps, and wear protective clothing when fishing or boating. Even in surf conditions Box Jellyfish may be present.
The five Territory hospitals provide general services ranging from primary screening and prevention to acute and chronic care. But with issues such as remoteness, a scattered population and the absence of alternative health care providers, hospitals in the Northern Territory also provide a series of non-acute services to their communities.
VRE stands for Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus. The Enterococcus is a bacterium (germ) that everyone has in their bowel. Vancomycin is one of the antibiotics used to treat infections caused by the Enterococcus germ. Sometimes this germ develops resistance to Vancomycin. When this occurs, the infection can no longer be treated by Vancomycin.
eHealthNT is focused on advancing health care delivery through a range of systems to assist health care providers with securely storing, sharing and transmitting important patient care information.

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