Traditional knowledge is respected at our Tjilpi Pampaku Ngura Flexible Care facility at Kaltukatjara (Docker River). One example is the making of bush medicine, using olive oil and beeswax and irmangka irmangka plants that have been collected locally. Our residents strip the plants of their leaves and brew them up according to a traditional recipe.

Another much-loved activity is helping visitors from the NPY Women’s Council to prepare ‘taters’ and kangaroo tail, wrapping them in foil for cooking in the firepit; or sometimes bush turkey, home-grown bush tomatoes and nutritious witchetty grubs. A few months after the grevilleas flower, some residents like to dig beneath their roots to pull out the honey ants and enjoy their intense sweetness.

The Community Art Gallery brings equipment into the front yard so residents can paint, and members of the community come in and paint alongside them, helping to keep strong the art traditions of the Anangu people of the region.

There are 19 beds, and some of the rooms are shared. All of them have access to verandas, where daybeds are available for resting and sleeping in the summer.

At ARRCS Tjilpi Pampaku Ngura Flexible Care, flexibility is the key word, so you can experience your care, your way.

‘Many of our residents grew up in the bush. If they want to sleep outside, we have floor beds to allow them to be as close to the ground as is possible’ – Centre manager, Doreen Coughran
Room features

Single and shared rooms, with access to the outside.

Things to do

Painting, making bush medicine, cooking and entertainment including music, films and TV.

Health care

There is a nearby clinic and a dialysis unit, and doctors fly in regularly. A podiatrist visits every six weeks and an occupational therapist, physiotherapist and dentist attend regularly.


The four-week rotational menu is reviewed every six months to include nutritious, tasty meals.

Dementia care

We provide services for people living with dementia.

Respite care

Respite care is available

Special care

Palliative care is available.


We welcome Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people accepted as members of the community.

Contact us today!

Resident admissions
1300 881 510
General enquiries
08 8956 7262


Kurparu Street,
Kaltukatjara (Docker River),
NT 0872 0872

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Why Australian Regional and Remote Community Services?


We take a holistic approach and a deep respect for all Elders and Aboriginal cultures is at the heart of our work.


Our staff and volunteers are compassionate and knowledgeable members of the local community.


We partner with communities, government, service providers, doctors and Aboriginal Medical Services to support your choices.


We understand support differs from person to person. Our goal is to enable you to live a fulfilling life, the way you choose to live it.

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