There are four key Aboriginal groups of the Katherine area. These are the Dagoman, Jawoyn, Wardaman and Mialli Brumby people
These groups lived a semi-nomadic lifestyle and intermarried with other clans in line with cultural laws. Katherine was an important meeting place for all the Aboriginal people in the region for thousands of years and still today, evidence of this can be seen on all the traditional rock art at Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge).
Today, the Aboriginal people in the Katherine region live in communities located in and around the town of Katherine. The largest of these are Myalli Brumby (also known as Kalano), which is along the north side of the Katherine River, Rockhole, 15 kilometres from the town of Katherine and Binjari, located 18 kilometres to the south-west of Katherine.
The other living areas are Geyulkgan Ngurro (Walpiri), and Gorge Camp (Jodetluk). Many Aboriginal people also live in the township of Katherine.
We deliver health care services to over 4,500 Aboriginal residents of Katherine area communities. An additional 7,000 Aboriginal people who live in over 25 remote Katherine-region communities—representing more than 15 Indigenous language groups—are counted as occasional clients.
As per clause 3.1 of the Wurli-Wurlinjang Aboriginal Corporation Rule Book, the central objective of Wurli-Wurlinjang Aboriginal Corporation (Wurli) is to relieve poverty, sickness, destitution, distress, suffering, misfortune and helplessness of the Aboriginal people of the Katherine Region, particularly in Member Communities.
Therefore, in line with our central objectives, no new clients will be accepted at Wurli-Wurlinjang Health Service unless they fall into one of the following categories:
Wurli will continue to provide health care services to all existing clients, this notification applies as of 25th November 2015.