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The Central West Hospital and Health Service was established as a statutory body on 1 July 2012 under the Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011 (Qld).
Central West Health is a resourceful and dedicated leader in quality, far-reaching healthcare. Our high standard of accessible healthcare spans a vast 396,650 km2 region, 23 per cent of Queensland. Reaching from Tambo in the south-east to Boulia in the north-west, our healthcare hubs based in Longreach, Barcaldine, Blackall, and Winton serve communities as widespread as they are diverse.
Central West Health operates 15 facilities across the geographical area consisting of one District Hospital in Longreach, four inpatient facilities in Alpha, Barcaldine, Blackall and Winton and 10 Primary Health Centres (PHCs). The PHCs are located in the communities of Boulia, Bedourie, Birdsville, Windorah, Jundah, Isisford, Tambo, Aramac, Muttaburra and Jericho. Coordinated outreach allied health, oral health, mental health, pharmacy, maternal and child health and medical services are provided to ensure residents of our communities receive safe, quality care as close to home as possible.
Outback Medical Services are contracted by Central West Health to deliver general practice access to the people of Longreach and Barcaldine with outreach to the communities of Alpha, Aramac and Muttaburra. All general practice clinics are serviced by Central West Health medical officers providing an opportunity for greater continuity of care as these same officers also providing care in the acute facilities. General practices located in Winton and Blackall are owned and operated by Central West Health and, in the case of Blackall, also provide outreach services to Tambo. Medical and oral health care and support in the west of our health service area is provided by the Royal Flying Doctor Service and allied health services are provided by North and West Remote Health.
The primary corporate home of Central West Health is located in Longreach which includes the Executive Leadership, Building, Engineering and Maintenance Services, Clinical Governance, Finance teams, Board Operations and project teams.
Other corporate functions are also hosted at other sites across the health service including:
- Patient and staff travel – Blackall Hospital
- Human resource management – Barcaldine MPHS
- Vehicle fleet management – Winton MPHS
Central West Health partner organisation, Royal Flying Doctor Service, provides medical services to our more remote Central West communities with the use of the National My Health Record online record system facilitating the sharing of medical records across providers to best enable continuity of care.