For many years, the NT Government and Aboriginal community controlled health services have provided complex care to a vast catchment area which includes numerous remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia.
The Central Australia region encompasses an area of 869,560 square kilometres, a size four times that of Victoria and slightly larger than New South Wales. It incorporates the Simpson and Tanami Deserts and Barkly Tablelands, with a resident population of 48,000, of which about 45% identify as Aboriginal.
A significant proportion of the Central Australia population, in particular Aboriginal community members, reside outside the main towns of Alice Springs and Tennant Creek across a number of remote communities and out stations.
The remote location and pronounced clinical need, which make Central Australia a challenging and relatively unique setting for health care delivery, has also been pivotal in driving local clinically-based healthcare solutions through research and education.