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Renaming Cairns Base Hospital to Cairns Hospital


The Cairns and Hinterland Hosptial and Health Service asked people to vote ‘YES’ or ‘NO’ to the question: Should Cairns Base Hospital be renamed Cairns Hospital?

The information gathered from this survey in conjunction with staff survey results was utilised by the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service to rename the hospital ‘Cairns Hospital’.


From 1906 to the early 1930s Cairns Hospital (as known during the period) applied to the Government of the time to be recognized as a Base Hospital so as to qualify for an £800 annual grant in addition to ordinary funding. The purpose of the grant was to recompense Cairns Hospital for the provision of healthcare to patients outside the Cairns area. From 1932 Cairns Hospital was known as the Cairns Base Hospital.  More information is available in the Application for Recognition as a Base Hospital

Why rename the Hospital?

  • Over the past few decades the Hospital has not received the annual grant of £800 recompense from the Government for the provision of healthcare to patients outside the Cairns area
  • The name of the Hospital hampers the Hospital’s ability to attract medical staff and specialists who assume that their skills will not be fully utilised yet the Hospital provides healthcare services similar to other comparable Hospitals without “Base” in their name
  • The Hospital is currently undergoing an extensive $454.6 million redevelopment due to be completed in 2015. The redevelopment of the Hospital incorporates significant new signage. This provides an opportunity to rename the Hospital without incurring significant costs

Last updated: 1 August 2013