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About Danila Dilba

Danila Dilba Health Service is an Aboriginal community-controlled organisation providing culturally-appropriate, comprehensive primary health care and community services to Biluru (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) people in the Yilli Rreung (greater Darwin) region of the Northern Territory.

Our Vision

A society in which the health, well-being and quality of life of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is equal to that of non-Indigenous Australians.

Our Mission

To improve the physical, mental, spiritual, cultural and social well-being of the Biluru community of the Yilli Rreung Region through innovative comprehensive primary health care programs, community services and advocacy that are based on the principles of equity, access, empowerment, community self-determination and collaboration.

Our Core Values

The core values of Danila Dilba Health Service underpin our activities:

  • provision of and advocacy for services that are equitable, accessible, professional, high quality and responsive to local needs.
  • working with our community to ensure a culturally-appropriate environment that promotes safety, trust and respect
  • supporting a workplace culture based on honesty, integrity, fairness, transparency and accountability.

Our Name and Logo

The name Danila Dilba Biluru Butji Binnilutlum was given by the Larrakia people, who are the traditional owners of Darwin and Palmerston. In the Larrakia language Danila Dilba means dilly bag used to collect bush medicines and Biluru Butji Binnilutlum means blackfella (Aboriginal people) getting better from sickness.Biluru is a Larrakia word that collectively describes Aboriginal people who are living in or visiting the Yilli Rreung Region.

Danila Dilba Today

DDHS is Darwin’s only Aboriginal community-controlled health service, with seven clinics in the region catering to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population. Health  care  services  provided  by DDHS  are focused  on  acute  care, immunisation, chronic disease management, women’s health, men’s health, child and maternal health, sexual health and social emotional wellbeing  DDHS  also provides  a range of community  programs  in  areas including  health promotion,  mental  health/social and  emotional wellbeing,  and  alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. A recent independent  study by Deloitte looking at three focus areas showed that each dollar invested in DDHS  provides $4.18 of benefits  to  society, and thus, each  additional  dollar  invested into  primary health  care  services provided by  DDHS provides a strong  return  Currently, DDHS  is able to deliver these  improved health  outcomes  to almost  80%  of the  Greater Darwin Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population