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Tropical Public Health Services (Cairns)

Tropical Public Health Services (Cairns) works collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders including the Communicable Diseases Unit in Brisbane; other 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.


  • Communicable Disease Control – Response to notifiable diseases and outbreaks
  • Immunisation – 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 in response to outbreaks of mosquito-borne diseases
  • Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) Program – Statewide co-ordination of the RHD register and RHD program
  • Syphilis register – Follow up of syphilis cases in northern Queensland
  • 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.

Tropical Public Health News

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, 754kB)

Last updated: 4 March 2015

Public Health Alerts


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)

Syphilis Surveillance Centre 1800 032 238

Rheumatic Heart Disease 1300 135 854

Tropical Public Health Services Staff

Dr Richard Gair

Business Manager
Aileen Corrie

Communicable Disease Control
Juliet Esmonde

Gerhard Ehlers

Environmental Health
Bradley Milligan

Sally Rubenach

Rominy Balodis

Rheumatic Heart Disease

Mellise Anderson

Sexual Health
Dr Annie Preston Thomas