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Gove District Hospital

The East Arnhem region is serviced by the Gove District Hospital (GDH), which is located in the town of Nhulunbuy on the Gove Peninsula. The hospital is a 32-bed acute care facility providing medical, surgical, paediatric, respite and maternity services. There are 15 remote community clinics that refer patients to hospital for inpatient, outpatient and specialist care. The hospital also provides a district medical officer service to the region. This role encompasses medical advice, conduction of community clinic visits, orders to admit patients to the hospital, evacuation of patients via Air Medical Services (AMS) to Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH). 


The East Arnhem Region is located in the far north of the Northern Territory, bounded by the Arafura Sea to the north and the Gulf of Carpentaria to the east. The region covers the Arnhem Land Aboriginal Trust (excluding Bulman), an area of approximately 41,000 sq km. It encompasses the towns of Nhulunbuy (also the regional service centre of East Arnhem Land) on the Gove Peninsular, Alyangula on Groote Eylandt, the islands of Galiwin'ku and Milingimbi and the major Aboriginal communities on the main land.

Mainly mining employees of Rio Tinto Alcan and their families populate the town of Nhulunbuy; there are a number of public servants and a lesser number of private providers of infrastructure services.

The East Arnhem Region is unique among the regions in the Northern Territory in that all land is held in trust by the Aboriginal Land Trust, which is enacted under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act.

The East Arnhem Region is one of the most isolated areas in the Northern Territory with few roads and limited road transport facilities during the dry season. With all roads becoming impassable during the wet season. Most population movement throughout the region is by aircraft.


Gove District Hospital is accredited with the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) a private non-profit independent organisation dedicated to improving the quality of health care in Australia through continual review of performance, assessment and accreditation.

Accreditation Performance Statement (Adobe PDF document - 27KB)

Cultural Links and Security

The Gove District Hospital has a close link to the local Yolngu people including annual participation in the Yothu Yindu Foundation's Garma Festival. A successful cultural safety committee supports this annual event amongst various other culturally enhancing projects. The cultural safety committee has representation from all departments with the hospital campus and welcomes guest speakers.


Gove District Hospital has successful links with Charles Darwin University, Menzies School of Health Research, Flinders Rural Clinical School and the Northern Territory General Practitioner Education