Chronic Disease Management and Palliative Study Tour in the Northern Territory

25 Aug - 1 Sep 2024
  • Medical & Professional Tours

About the tour

Explore the dramatically beautiful landscapes of the Northern Territory as you learn about the history and practice of chronic disease management and palliative care in the region. The itinerary looks at both traditional and contemporary approaches to palliative and end-of-life care in the company of Shyla Mills, CEO at Palliative Care South Australia.

There is a wide range of enlightening, high calibre professional visits throughout the tour, organised with local health care professionals. They provide both an overview and an in-depth look covering cultural issues and remote care. Through the meetings, talks and time spent with fellow professionals on the ground, gain real insight into chronic disease management and palliative care in the Northern Territory.


There is an optional extension to the Tiwi Islands after the tour - please contact us to request the extension flyer. The tour is open to all and partners are very welcome.

Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, Shyla Mills

Shyla Mills

Shyla Mills is former CEO at Palliative Care Queensland (PCQ) and is now CEO of Palliative Care South Australia. She is a member of the Flinders University research centre for Palliative Care, Death and Dying and holds a Master of Public Health and Palliative Care, with a special interest in palliative care strategy and policy, public health palliative care as well as death and compassion literacy. Shyla has worked in palliative care across different settings including paediatrics, community and aged care throughout Australia, as well as internationally in India, Nepal, Mongolia and the UK. Prior to moving to Queensland, Shyla was a National Program Manager at Palliative Care Australia. Shyla is board member for the international charity Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom for over 10 years and was the former vice president of Palliative Care Nurses Australia.

Inspired by international models of palliative care, Shyla has successfully led the introduction of several new community engagement programs at PCQ including Ambulance Wish Queensland (which when launched in 2019 reached over 155 million people online) and public education programs, Last Aid and PalliLearn. Shyla says her ambulance wish would be to watch one last sunset at the beach, with a glass of red wine surrounded by her two sons, husband, dog and friends.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • Day 1: Darwin (Sun, 25 Aug) Arrive in Darwin and check in to the hotel. Enjoy dinner and drinks in the Mindil Markets in a private area as you watch the sun go down.
  • Day 2: Darwin (Mon, 26 Aug) Explore Darwin on a bus tour and learn about the city’s history, from the World War II bombings and Cyclone Tracy to the current day. See many of the remaining buildings, such as the old Court House and Police Station and the Old Palmerston Town Hall ruins. See hidden treasures including public artwork, architecture, historic buildings and memorials. Continue to Parliament House, an elegant example of tropical architecture, and take part in a tour. Visit Royal Darwin Hospital to hear a background on 'Palliative Care in the Territory – an overview'. Hear how the team manages rural and remote palliative care and chronic disease management. Learn about pastoral care in the Territory and about the cultural perspective from an Indigenous viewpoint. Dinner at Hanuman restaurant with the team.
  • Day 3: Darwin / Katherine (Tues, 27 Aug) Visit Purple House and learn of their work providing renal support on country. Drive to Katherine, visiting Litchfield National Park en route. See the magnetic termite mounds and stop at beautiful Wangi Falls (a traditional site for women’s business). Visit Florence Falls, with the option to have a dip in the crystal-clear waters surrounded by lush vegetation. Dinner at the hotel.
  • Day 4: Katherine (Wed, 28 Aug) Drive to Nitmiluk Gorge. Explore the pristine wilderness from the water with a cruise along the dramatic Gorge. Learn about ancient Indigenous rock paintings and gain insight into the culture of the traditional owners of Nitmiluk, the Jawoyn people. Visit the Wurli Wurlinjang Aboriginal Health Service and learn of their health promotion and chronic disease management work. Option to visit beautiful Katherine Springs with the option of a dip in the clear thermal waters or explore the Katherine Art Trail with visits to galleries. Dinner with local health care workers.
  • Day 5: Katherine / Kakadu (Thurs, 29 Aug) Drive into Kakadu National Park to Jabiru and take a cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong. Visit Warradjan Cultural Centre. Arrive at Anbinik Lodge in the afternoon and visit the local small clinic. Dinner at Anbinik restaurant.
  • Day 6: Kakadu (Friday, 30 Aug) Cross Cahills Crossing and visit Gunbalanya, renowned for its Aboriginal art, in particular rock art and bark painting. It has a range of services, including a police station, school and a community arts centre, Injalak Arts. Return via the spectacular UNESCO Heritage listed Ubirr Rock Art site for sunset before returning to the hotel.
  • Day 7: Kakadu / Darwin (Sat,31 Aug ) Drive to Darwin via the atmospheric pub at Humpty Doo. Visit the Darwin Museum before checking in to your hotel. Farewell dinner on the waterfront.
  • Day 8: Darwin (Sun, 1 Sept) Depart the hotel after breakfast.

Tiwi Islands Extension

  • Day 8: Darwin (Sun, 1 Sept) Day at leisure.
  • Day 9: Darwin (Mon, 2 Sept) Full day trip to Bathurst Island with the option to visit a palliative care facility.
  • Day 10: Darwin (Tues, 3 Sept) Depart the hotel after breakfast.

Tour cost

The cost of the tour is AUD $3,480 pp sharing. The cost with a room to yourself is AUD $4,152.

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