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Thursday Island

Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Hospital and Health Service
About Thursday Island

Thursday Island is a welcoming island community located off the northern coast of Cape York Peninsula. It is the main island in the Torres Strait region which includes over 20 islands and a population of over 25 000. Fishing, prawning, pearling and tourism are the life force of these islands. Known by locals as “T.I.”, this three square kilometre island offers an easy-going and relaxed lifestyle in an attractive tropical island environment.


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Working in Thursday Island

If you’re a Queensland Health employee living on Thursday Island, you will be providing health services from either the Thursday Island Hospital or the Thursday Island Primary Health Care Centre.

THURSDAY ISLAND HOSPITAL: The Thursday Island hospital is a 38 bed facility providing health services to the residents of Thursday Island as well as the outer islands of the Torres Strait.

Services provided by the hospital include, emergency, general medicine and maternity services.

Specialist services include diabetology, obstetrics, paediatric medicine, adult mental health and general surgery.

Visiting specialists providing clinics include a general physician, opthalmologist, chest physician, gynaecologist, general surgeon, vascular surgeon, psychiatrist
and a paediatrician.

Allied health services available include podiatry, pharmacy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and radiography.

A HACC program is also in place.

THURSDAY ISLAND PRIMARY HEALTH CARE CENTRE: Along with the hospital, the centre was opened in 1997 and delivers health services to the residents of Thursday Island and the fourteen outer islands of the Torres Strait.

The centre provides primary health services including general practice medicine, child health, oral health, adult mental health, drug and alcohol, men’s and women’s health, HIV/AIDS, palliative care, home care, rehabilitation, infectious diseases, diabetes and nutrition, environmental health, hearing health, health promotion
and healthy aging.

Clinics for child health, diabetes and hearing are also available.

Allied health services include podiatry, social work and oral health.

Outreach services of oral health, men’s and women’s health, infectious diseases and family support also exist.

Living in Thursday Island

Thursday Island is primarily an Indigenous population. A background in Indigenous health is highly recommended. The community is a cultural fusion of native Torres Strait Islanders and Papua New Guineans, only 3.73 kilometres north from Torres Strait’s northern most point, Saibai Island.

Torres Strait Islanders have a close connection with the land and the sea and are culturally proud. You’ll find many markers around town illustrating the rich history
of the Islanders, including those signifying the involvement of the islands in international events. For example, Thursday Island was important to Australia as a defence centre against a threatening invasion. Cannons and some fortifications on Battery Point still remain and there are a number of tours that can be taken to learn about this period.


Local must see!

Hire yourself a boat and see the best that Torres Strait has to offer. Fish, swim, canoe or pearl dive in the azure waters surrounding Thursday Island. Then head
to any one of the restaurants in the area for a deliciously fresh seafood lunch.


Customs House, Thursday Island Customs House, Thursday Island Services
  • 37 education facilities (spread over the Torres Strait region), including state and private schools (Preparatory Year followed by Year 1 to Year 12), special education, Tropical North Queensland Institute of TAFE, James Cook University and University of Queensland
  • IBIS supermarket
  • Chemist
  • Newsagency
  • EFTPOS facilities
  • National Australia Bank
  • Australia Post with Commonwealth Bank facilities
  • Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church
  • All Souls and St Bartholomew Anglican Church historic site
  • Police station
  • Torres Strait Council library
  • Direct retail shopping from Cairns using freight services for delivery
  • Several hotels and pubs
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  • Sporting clubs and facilities including tennis, pistol shooting, football, aerobics, basketball, netball, boating, fishing, hash house harriers, bowls, canoeing and swimming
  • Island tours and cruises
  • Torres Shire Council sporting complex
  • Maritime museum
  • Historic cemetery
  • Green Hill fort
  • Gab Titui cultural centre
  • Mabo Day – 3 June
  • Quetta Memorial Museum and Cathedral
  • Milman Hill
  • Coming of the Light festival in July
  • Camping
  • Fishing
Town, Thursday Island Town, Thursday Island Queensland Health facility address
Physical Address:
163 Douglas Street THURSDAY ISLAND QLD 4875
Postal Address:
PO Box 391 THURSDAY ISLAND QLD 4875
General Phone:
+61 7 4069 1109
General Fax:
+61 7 4069 1603
Office Hours:
0830 to 1700
real-life-stories
John Devine, Public Affairs Officer, Thursday Is
John Devine Public Affairs Officer, Thursday Is "Stunning scenery, endless beaches, spell binding cultures, different languages and a job that makes a difference".
Dr Greg Papworth, SMO and ADMS, Torres Strait
Dr Greg Papworth SMO and ADMS, Torres Strait "The medicine is challenging because it can be severe, complicated and exotic. But the team is always available and willing to assist".
James Candy, ACNC ED & OT, Torres Strait
James Candy ACNC ED & OT, Torres Strait "From working in the bush, I have a developing passion for contributing to better health outcomes".
Dr Oscar Whitehead, Doctor, Thursday Island
Dr Oscar Whitehead Doctor, Thursday Island "There’s a wide range of clinical presentations and available practice – you can almost be whatever you want to be with the right training".
Claire Boardman, District Infection Control Consultant, Thursday Is
Claire Boardman District Infection Control Consultant, Thursday Is "For us, we love the sea. We live on an island and the changing tides and sunsets are beautiful".
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  • 2,546 Population
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