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About our Department

Cairns Hospital is the major Surgery referral centre for Cairns and Far North Queensland.  Most General Surgical, Plastic Surgery, ENT, Ophthalmology and Maxillo-facial procedures can be performed here.  The hospital specialists also visit smaller regional and remote towns across the service to see outpatients and perform minor surgery e.g. Innisfail, Atherton and Mareeba. Inter service outreach to Weipa, Thursday Island and Cooktown are also performed regularly.

Fourth and fifth year medical students are trained at Cairns Hospital as part of the James Cook University medical training program.

Services we offer

  • General Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery
  • ENT
  • Ophthalmology
  • Maxillo-facial Surgery

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Registrars and Principle House Officers (PHO)

Cairns is a training hospital for Surgeons through the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Australia, with three accredited SET 2+ general surgery positions, and two accredited SET 1 general surgery positions. We also have 6 General Surgery PHO's, one Plastic Surgery PHO, one ENT PHO, and two Ophthalmology PHO's.

All the registrar and PHO positions are 12 month appointments.

Interns and Junior House Officers (JHO)

7 JHOs and interns rotate through the department for 10 week terms.

Staff Specialists, Senior Medical Officers and Visiting Medical Officers

These are highly sought after and rewarding positions that are advertised as they become available. If you are interested and there are no current vacancies then please contact the CHHHS Medical Workforce Service on +61 7 4226 7434 / 4226 6317 or submit an Expression of Interest.

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Contact us to find out more

Further information about training programs and the department:  +61 7 4226 6252
Resident Medical Officer (RMO) Campaign Enquires:  +61 7 4226 6252
Current vacancies visit Work For Us

Last updated: 1 August 2013


Cairns Hospital
Level 1, Block B
The Esplanade
CairnsQld 4870

Contact Details

The Division of Surgery
Cairns Hospital
PO Box 902
CairnsQld 4870

Further information about training programs and the department: +61 7 4226 6252

Current vacancies visit Work For Us


Royal Australasian College of Surgeons