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One of Derby's spectacular sunsetsOne of Derby's spectacular sunsets

Derby Regional HospitalDerby Regional Hospital

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.

  1. Accommodation
  2. Health services


  • A four-bedroom, fully furnished house is available for students. It has a lovely wide verandah and open plan living. The house overlooks the marsh and you will enjoy beautiful sunsets.
  • The house has wireless internet access throughout and students may be provided with a laptop computer for use while they on placement.
  • A wide range of recreational activities are run by various organisations such as the Sportsmens Club, Derby Swimming Pool and Derby Shire. These include water polo, netball, golf, touch football, Australian Rules football, bowls, circuit classes, tennis, squash, cricket, volley ball, basketball and pool competitions. 
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Health services

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.

Visiting specialists

  • A full range of specialists visit regularly and then go on to visit other towns and communities within the Kimberley.
  • An ophthalmologist, ENT surgeon, dermatologist, renal physician, radiologist, rheumatologist and cardiologist all visit several times a year.

Community services

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:

  • ACAT
  • Aged care facilities, high and low care
  • Dental clinic
  • HAAC
  • Kimberley Mental Health and Drug Services
  • Local Library

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