Welcome to Wollongong's Child and Adolescent Wellness Centre of Excellence

About us

Djanaba Next Practice is a collaboration between Ngaoara, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to child & adolescent wellbeing, and Next Practice, a growing national network of innovative, patient centred medical centres.

The initiative was founded and is led by Professor Ngiare Brown, a proud Yuin nation woman from the South Coast of NSW. She is a senior Aboriginal medical practitioner with qualifications in medicine, public health and primary care, and has studied bioethics, medical law and human rights. She was the first identified Aboriginal medical graduate from NSW and was one of the first Aboriginal doctors in Australia.

A New Kind of reimagined space and experience

Imagine walking into a welcoming, modern Living Room instead of a waiting room where you feel like a number. Imagine being greeted by a Patient Advocate instead of a receptionist. Imagine short wait times, zen-like designs, relaxing music, refreshments, iPad check-ins and more. Imagine A New Kind of healthcare.

We believe in wellbeing and prevention, not just helping you when you get sick. Keeping you well also means:

  • Flexible consultation options, such as Telehealth or videolink
  • Making it easy to book over the phone with our friendly Patient Advocates
  • Children, parents and carers are welcome to access the facilities even if they do not have an appointment – many of our clients consider us a safe space, and come to play with the rabbits, meet with friends, read a book or study

Causes we support

Djanaba staff also support volunteer, sporting, and mental health initiatives such as Surf Life Saving Illawarra and South Coast Branches, Northern Districts AFL Football Club, Gotcha4Life and Mullets for Mental Health! (Black Dog Institute).