Karita McCarthy

Ms Karita McCarthy is a descendent of the Waanyi people from Lawn Hill & Tagalaka Tribe from the Croydon region in North Queensland. Karita has been in the Northern Territory most of her life coming to Darwin in 1975 with her parents and three siblings. She has close ties to Larrakia peoples as she grew up on this country.

Karita is a registered Nurse with 20 year’s experience in health her first 6 months as a nurse was in TEMHS at the psychiatric facility inpatient unit in Darwin and she is currently building clinical skills with SDPU (Same day procedure unit) at RDH. 

RAN is where Karita’s passion is, but she brings great knowledge of mental health to that area of expertise. 

Her journey began in 1998 when she first became an Aboriginal Mental Health worker with her career spanning through the department of health in areas of AOD, child protection, numerous administration positions & liaison officer rolls. Karita has Diplomas in Mental Health, Business Administration, Degree in RN & will commence Grad cert in RAN in 2021.

Karita has a passion in all areas of Indigenous Health and is striving to make a difference in primary health care and close the gap for Indigenous Nurses to be able to work in Primary Health Care setting with the correct training support and mentoring.

Karita is on the Advisory Committee for the PHN in the NT and is an active member and advocate for CATSINaM and DFG Days for Girls Darwin. She also attends local Rotary meetings twice a year for support.

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