Jigalong Community

Jigalong is the clinical hub for Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service and has the largest number of clinical staff. A GP and 2 Remote Areas Nurses provide services in the community while a Nurse Practitioner is also based here. Our GP travels from Jigalong to Parnngurr, Punmu and Kunawarritji each fortnight to provide an outreach service to these more remote and less populated communities. Visiting services such as Ear Science Institute Australia, Hearing Australia, Lions Outback Vision, Obstetrics and allied health services provide outreach services to all four communities.

Jigalong is located approximately 165km east of Newman and is perched on the edge of the Little Sandy Desert. Roughly 450 people live in Jigalong and the community has a school that provides education from kindergarten to year 12, a shop and a swimming pool.

Jigalong was originally established in 1907 as a maintenance and rations store for workmen that were constructing the rabbit-proof fence. In the 30's it was also used as a camel breeding site but this was abandoned when the motor car was introduced as the main mode of transport. In 1947 the Apostolic Church was given the land, who used it as a Christian mission. These days some building still remain from this era but the current Jigalong community has been established a few kilometres away from where the old mission site used to be.

Contact details Jigalong clinic:

Phone08 9175 7027 Fax08 9175 7028
Email: jigalong.reception@puntukurnu.com