Information as at August 2014
Location of Super Clinic
3 Gurd Street, Farrar, Palmerston, Northern Territory
(08) 8919 8919
Palmerston GP Super Clinic website
Northern Territory Government, Department of Health.
Total Commonwealth funding
$10 million (GST exclusive).
Description of clinic
The Palmerston GP Super Clinic is a purpose built new facility, adjacent to an existing Community Health Centre, new Early Childhood Learning Centre and Farrar Medical Centre in the Palmerston Health Precinct.
A bus stop is located at the front entrance of the clinic.
The Palmerston GP Super Clinic commenced operations on 4 October 2010. Top of page
The Palmerston GP Super Clinic offers a wide range of multidisciplinary, integrated primary care services provided by GP’s, practice nurses and allied health professionals including:
- Women’s Health
- Exercise physiologist
- Respiratory physician
- Healthy kids and well woman's health checks
- Pathology collection Top of page
The Northern Territory Department of Health Mental Health Team is expected to provide regular assessment clinics as well as a perinatal assessment service to the Palmerston GP Super Clinic.
Female clients are now able to choose either a GP or a nurse for Well Women’s Checks and pap smears.
Nurse led immunisation and health check sessions are in place.
As part of every day management of clients, GP’s and Nurses provide preventative health information in both verbal and written form, (eg; foot care, weight management, diet etc).
The clinic offers family appointments, drop-in appointments and opportunities for longer consultations for people with complex and chronic conditions. Pathology collection is available onsite from 8am to 3pm Monday to Friday.
The clinic is located within easy walking distance of x-ray, dialysis, dental, community health and rehabilitation services.
The clinic also provides an 'as needed' GP visiting service to Kormilda College, a local Day and Boarding College of 1,000 students. Top of page
Health needs and priorities
Palmerston is located 21km south of Darwin and has a population of approximately 30,000. The location has attracted many young families and is the most densely populated region in the Northern Territory.
The Palmerston Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community population is approximately 12.8%.
An Aboriginal Health Worker is available to welcome clients in the traditional manner and to assist clients with completing their registration and other necessary paperwork.
The needs of the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community are being addressed with a weekly ‘Closing the Gap’ clinic coordinated between an Aboriginal Health Worker, practice nurse, allied health professionals and a GP.
All staff at the Palmerston GP Super Clinic undergo cross-cultural training. Other significant health needs in the region include mental health (anxiety and depression). The Clinic provides substantial services in this regard (see above).
The Palmerston GP Super Clinic is accredited. Top of page
24 hours, 7 days per week.
Bulk billing is available to all persons under 16 years of age, pension and concession card holders and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. All emergency services are bulk billed. Chronic Disease Management Plans are bulk-billed.
Home visits and visits to residential aged care facilities
Regular visits to the local residential aged care facility 'Terrace Gardens' are provided. Home visits may be offered by arrangement between GPs and patients.
Clinical training arrangements
A new initiative under development is the establishment of a medical student led clinic to be run in conjunction with the Flinders University NT Medical Program. This initiative will expand the clinic's capacity to involve medical students in the delivery of health care to the region.
Shared opportunities exist for continuing professional development with the provision of facilities to and access to academic staff with General Practice Network NT and NT General Practice Education.
FCD Health Ltd (FCD), a partnership of Charles Darwin and Flinders Universities, operates the clinic on behalf of the Northern Territory Department of Health. As partners in the Clinic, the Universities offer academic supervision for medical, physiotherapy, and dietetics students. Top of page
Students are involved in multidisciplinary case conferencing, formal and informal education sessions and observational review of clinical practice. The student model offers an opportunity for all staff to teach and to be recognised by Flinders and Charles Darwin Universities with academic status. FCD nurses have completed a preceptorship course allowing each nurse to act as a student nurse supervisor.
The Palmerston GP Super Clinic has an approved service delivery model where students from the two universities and other local training facilities,work alongside qualified GPs, provide the first point of contact for patients in their own room and are often the first contact for emergency presentations in combination with a nurse and a GP supervisor.
There are currently a number of student doctors undertaking part time training at the GP Super Clinic on a rotational basis.