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Tropical Public Health Services (Cairns)

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Tropical Public Health Services (Cairns) works collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders including the Communicable Diseases Branch in Brisbane; other health services including Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services; government departments; local governments; non-government agencies; research institutions and local communities.


Tropical Public Health Services (Cairns) is distinguished from other roles within the health system by its focus on the health and well-being of populations, rather than individuals. TPHS (Cairns) focuses on:

  • Protecting health
  • Preventing disease and illness.

Tropical Public Health Services (Cairns) provides public health services and support across Far North Queensland to the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service and the Torres Cape Hospital and Health Service.



Advice on immunisation to vaccine service providers and co-ordination of immunisation programs.

Environmental Health

Monitoring and enforcement of public health legislation and response to environmental health issues.

Medical Entomology

Mosquito control including response to outbreaks of mosquito-borne diseases.

Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) Program

State-wide program for the monitoring of, and education on, Acute Rheumatic Fever (ARF) and its associated RHD.

North Queensland Syphilis Surveillance Service

Support and advice for clinicians in diagnosis and management of syphilis cases.

Health Surveillance

Surveillance of communicable diseases and tracking of outbreaks as well as the provision of data and statistics on various aspects of public health.

Population Diversity Profiles

Population diversity profiles (PDF 1812 kB) are available for the Cairns and Hinterland HHS and for seven planning regions within the HHS.

The profiles include estimated resident populations, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations, socioeconomic status, country of birth, language spoken at home, proficiency in spoken English, ancestry and religious affiliation.

Tropical Public Health News

Issue 11 - September 2019 (PDF 2286 kB)

Issue 10 - February 2019 (PDF 1338 kB)

Issue 9 - July 2018 (PDF 708 kB)

Issue 8 - December 2017 (PDF, 572KB)

Issue 7 - June 2017 (PDF, 860KB)

Issue 6 - August 2016 (413KB)

Issue 5 - December 2015 (PDF, 569KB)

Issue 4 - June 2015 (PDF, 683KB)

Issue 3 - March 2015 (PDF, 308KB)

Issue 2 - December 2014 (PDF,880kB)

Issue 1 - August 2014 (PDF 727 kB)

Public Health Research Papers

A list has been compiled of all the research papers affiliated with staff who have worked at TPHS.

Take a look at our research papers page for more information.

Last updated: 23 February 2021

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Tropical Public Health Services (Cairns)
(07) 4226 5555

Tropical Public Health Services (Cairns)
PO Box 1103
Cairns Qld 4870

Level 7, William McCormack Place II
5b Sheridan Street, Cairns

Dengue Hotline 1800 DENGUE 1800 336 483

North Queensland Syphilis Surveillance Service
1800 032 238

Rheumatic Heart Disease
1300 135 854