Derby is a town of about 4,500 people, half of whom are Indigenous Australians representing three different language groups. Derby is located 2 354 km north of Perth and 236 km from Broome.
Derby Regional Hospital is a very well appointed and equipped regional hospital. It caters for medical, surgical, paediatric and maternity care and has a busy emergency service. It currently caters mainly for Derby and surrounding areas.
Derby Aboriginal Health Service (DAHS) runs preventative and public health programs, including maternal and child health, women's health, chronic disease and sexual health. A satellite dialysis unit is co-located at DAHS, which is able to dialyse up to 40 patients. Six doctors are currently employed, and the clinics are run by nurses and Aboriginal health workers. Derby Regional Hospital, DAHS and the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) run clinics in remote Aboriginal communities in the West Kimberley and beyond. Medical staff fly or drive to the communities for the day in order to run the clinics.
The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) flies to remote clinics in the area on a regular basis. Derby is the main base for the RFDS in the Kimberley. Other services include: