Darwin Men’s Shed
Provides support, friendship and social opportunities for men of all ages. Men’s Shed provides tools and equipment that the men can use for small woodworking or other hobby activities and community projects.
Darwin Skills Development Scheme (DSDS)
Darwin Skills Development Scheme Inc is a community based not for profit organisation that is the Sponsor for Project Employment, the Indigenous Employment Program, and Emergency Relief funds.
We believe that everyone has the right to engage in meaningful work, to fulfil their potential as citizens and participate equitably in their community
Disability Employment Services
A specialised employment service providing placement, training and support in the open labour market for young people and adults with disabilities. Various free services individually tailored for job seekers, employees and employers are provided.
Emergency Relief Funds
The Emergency Relief Funds (ERF) program, funded by the Commonwealth Department of Social Services provides emergency assistance on a case by case basis for people in crisis situations. Assistance available includes food vouchers, payment contribution towards electricity, telephone accounts or other utilities account held by the account holder, emergency short term accommodation and other assistance as requested by individuals.
Darwin Toy Library
Darwin Toy Library is a community based organisation located in the Darwin suburb of Marrara, Northern Territory. toy lending service in Marrara. The service offers information on parenting, toys and equipment for parents, carers and community members to promote the learning, development and wellbeing of children in Darwin.
Dawn House Inc provides services to women and children escaping domestic and family violence.
Crisis accommodation is available for women with children experiencing or escaping domestic or family violence. Referral to specialist domestic violence counselling is offered. Twenty-four-hour telephone contact is available.
Domestic Violence Community Education Service
Provides training & resource support relating to domestic or family violence for government & non-government agencies. Dawn House participates in community development activities that work to reduce the incidence of domestic and family violence.
Domestic Violence Support
Provides outreach, assistance, information, advocacy, training, counselling, referral and support for women and children who have experienced or are experiencing domestic violence. A children’s support worker is available.
Twenty-four-hour telephone contact is available.
DeafNT provides advocacy, information and referral for hearing-impaired people and lobbies government on behalf of all hearing-impaired people.
Auslan classes may be provided for individuals, families or groups.
Dementia Australia NT
A peak body for people, of all ages, living with all forms of dementia, their families and carers.
Carer Education Program
Carer education is designed to support family carers in their caring role. By learning about dementia and its impacts on the person with dementia, participants will have a better understanding of the effects of the disease.
These presentations promote risk reduction and increase public awareness about memory loss with community education sessions delivered direct to various community groups. All groups are welcome and specific topics can be catered for.
Designed for Aged Care Workers employed in residential, community and flexible aged care services, the Dementia Care Essentials III and Dementia Care Essentials IV Advanced provides quality training in, and workforce assessment of Competency in CHCAC319A and CHCAC416A.
The major goal of the Service Access Liaison Officer (SALO) is to deliver dementia information and risk reduction strategies to people within rehabilitation or correctional facilities within the NT. The program incorporates the Your Brain Matters 5 simple steps to maximise your brain health https://www.yourbrainmatters.org.au
Stepping Out Program
These groups provide a weekly Day Respite Service to families of people with dementia. Group attendance encourages the maintenance of skills and abilities within a social context.
The social support program provides group-based and individualised practical help for people with memory problems who live alone, may not have family or social support locally and are not receiving community aged care packages.
Carer Support Groups
Designed to support carers, these groups offer opportunities to network with other carers, share experiences and develop new skills.
Living with Memory Loss
This comprehensive information and support program is for people who have recently been diagnosed with memory loss or dementia and their family member or friends.
Come along and join in, this group invites members of the general public to engage in a variety of stimulating mental exercises, puzzles and games designed to maintain and sharpen cognitive abilities and memory.
Safe Return Program
A unique program, it can give peace of mind if the person you care for tends to wander from home. This program is conducted in partnership with the NT Police.
YOUNGER ONSET DEMENTIA KEY WORKER PROGRAM
Dementia can occur at any age.The YODKW program provides individual support and services to improve the quality of life of those living with younger onset dementia, their families and carers. The program can assist a person to obtain a diagnosis, navigate and understand services, including the NDIS, and prepare organisations to meet the unique needs of this group.
Relate, Motivate, Rehabilitate
This service is a fee paying service whereby Dementia Australia NT can provide sessions of individual social support for people with dementia who are currently residing in hospital or a residential care facility.
Marie Gray Library, Darwin and Hazel Hawke Library, Alice Springs
Dementia Australia NT maintains two specialist libraries including books, research papers, journals, magazines and DVDs. Become a member of Dementia Australia to access library resources.
Advocacy and Your Rights
Be aware of your rights, be assured of our confidentiality and be supported at all times throughout your involvement with Dementia Australia NT.
Department of Education
The Department of Education provides education to young Territorians from the early years to adulthood. It has a range of strategic policy, regulatory, delivery and support responsibilities including:
- ensuring quality early learning and development programs
- delivering high quality education services to maximise student learning
- providing pathways for school-aged students aligned with their further education, and work or career aspirations
- providing a regulatory function over the operation of early childhood services and non-government schools
- supporting Northern Territory (NT) institutions delivering tertiary education
- Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS)
Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security
The Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security (DEPWS) was established by the Northern Territory Government on 8 September 2020. This new department combined the functions of the previous Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Parks and Wildlife Commission from the former Department of Tourism, Sport and Culture (DTSC). The government established the department to combine many of the key functions that foster and protect the environment and natural resources in the Northern Territory (NT). This includes water, land resource management, environmental issues and the parks and wildlife functions.
DEPWS has the following divisions: Bushfires NT; Environment; Flora and Fauna; Parks and wildlife; Rangelands; Water data portal; Water Resources; Weed Management
Department of Health
The key focus of the Department of Health is to achieve the best health and wellbeing for all Territorians through the development, management and performance of the public health system. The Department of Health is responsible for strategic leadership and funding, system-wide policy development and planning, and system governance, performance and accountability.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Department is the accountable officer with Territory-wide responsibility.
Department of Territory Families, Housing and Communities
Territory Families, Housing and Communities is a multi-functional human services and community-focused agency that works to provide responsive, safe and quality services and programs that empower communities and improve social outcomes for Territorians.
– Child Protection
– Disability Services
– Domestic and Sexual Violence Reduction
– Family and Financial Support
– Family Support
– Gender Equity and Diversity
– Emergency Management
– Indigenous Essential Services
– Interpreting Services
– Libraries and Archives
– Multicultural Affairs
– Out of Home Care
– Seniors and Carers
– Sport and Active Recreation
– Urban Housing
– Remote Housing
– Youth Justice
– Youth Affairs
– Women’s Safe Houses
Disability Advocacy Service
Disability Advocacy Service Inc. (DAS) provides individual and systemic advocacy dependent on issue and magnitude. DAS offers a free and confidential service to persons and families with disability defending and protecting the rights of all. Persons are supported and empowered to exercise their own rights in accordance with the NT Disability Advocacy Standards inclusive of Disability Service Act and Standards.
Due to COVID-19 our office is by appointment only, to make an appointment, clients can call (08) 8953 1422 or the CEO on 0439458150 Janet Wright.
DAS can no longer transport clients. DAS can no longer have more than 2 people in a physical meeting.
The PEER Support Programs are suspended but may be made available On Line in the future.
The Royal Commission is suspended, but we can still assist via phone or by appointment.
NDIS assistance is still available on line or via the phone.
The Self-Advocacy Tool Box will be available on line.
Access to the 1-800 RESPECT Website can still be arranged.
If you have an urgent advocacy matter, please contact us at the above numbers.
Disabled Sports Association
Disability Sporting Activities
Provides opportunities in athletics, cycling, swimming, pistol shooting, archery and lawn bowls for people with disabilities. A local wheelchair basketball competition is also available.
Introducing Clients into Sport
The Association assists people with disabilities to participate in sport by networking with other sporting organisations. Members can be provided with opportunities to participate in the National Disabled Championships.
Domestic Violence Legal Service
Domestic Violence Legal Service is a free service for people experiencing or a risk of domestic and family violence in the Darwin and Greater Darwin Region.
Down Syndrome Association of the NT
Support and information is available for people with Down Syndrome, their families and carers. Community education workshops promote awareness, resources and skills development to students, families schools carers and health professionals in relation to the health and wellbeing of people who have Down Syndrome.
Drug & Alcohol Services Association (DASA)
Aranda House Therapeutic Community
Provides accommodation in a residential therapeutic community facility that provides a twelve-week program for people with alcohol problems and an eight-week program for people with volatile substance misuse.
After-care is also available.
Community education programs are available.
Provides counselling in the form of a personal lifestyle improvement program for people with drug or alcohol problems.
Drink-Driver Training Program
Drink-driver training courses are available for people who have been apprehended by the police and have lost their licence owing to drink-driving.
Allows clients to continue their recovery from alcohol or other drug use while living with their families in self-contained accommodation (apartments) for up to two years. Clients are supported by a caseworker.
Information & Referral
Information, intervention and referral are available for people with alcohol or other drug problems.
Interpreting staff from indigenous cultures are available.
A mobile team of four workers operate an outreach service for people who have alcohol or other drug problems and are in need.
Residential Detoxification Treatment
Short-term accommodation at Aranda House with non-medical detoxification treatment and counselling is available for people with alcohol or other drug problems. The initial detoxification and withdrawal service can be co-managed with another health service should a medical detoxification be necessary.
Interpreting staff from indigenous cultures are available.
Provides accommodation for people who need to sober up following drug or alcohol abuse and have come to the attention of the Police.
Transitional After Care
Accommodation is provided in a semi-independent-living program for up to 12 months for people with alcohol or other drug problems. The program is based on a therapeutic community model where clients are actively involved in their own personal recovery in a safe & caring setting.