The Big Rivers region extends from the Western Australia border to the Gulf of Carpentaria, and is home to the town of Katherine.
Mainly tropical like Darwin, the Katherine climate sees dry months from May to September and wet months from December to March. Temperatures range from 25-33°C in the wet season and 20-30°C in the dry season. The average rainfall is 321mm in the wet season and 2mm in the dry season.
This region has an estimated population of 20,869 people, approximately 8.5% of the total NT population.
The main township of Katherine is serviced by two private general practices and one Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service, Wurli-Wurlinjang Aboriginal Health Service. Sunrise Health Service and Katherine West Health Board service the remote regions of Roper Gulf and Victoria Daly.
Katherine Hospital has 60 beds and provides emergency services, surgical and medical care, paediatrics and obstetrics.