Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service (CQHHS) has 2589 FTE staff focused on patient safety and delivering public hospital and health services from Gladstone in the south, inland to the Southern and Central Highlands and north along the Capricorn Coast, serving a population of around 228,000 people.
In 2013-2014 the organisation treated more than 295,000 patients with services including medical, surgical, emergency, obstetrics, paediatrics, specialist outpatient clinics, mental health, critical care and clinical support.
The geographic footprint of the health service is diverse, ranging from regional cities to remote townships in the west and beach side communities along the coast. Details from the Queensland Government Statisticians Office as at 30 June 2013 revealed the population had grown 2.1% in the five years to 2013 compared with a State average of 2%. The fastest growing Local Government Area in Central Queensland was Gladstone at 2.9% with Banana the lowest at 0.4 %.
Central Queensland has a relatively young population with 21.8% aged 0-14 years compared with 19.9% across the state, and a median age of 35.3, compared with 36.6 in Queensland, as at 30 June 2012.
The Central Queensland population is predicted to grow at 2% per annum to 358,000 at 30 June 2036.
The 2011 census identified Central Queensland as having 5.5% of its population identifying as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander where the same figure for all of Australia is 2.5%. The census also revealed 5.1% of the Central Queensland population identify as unemployed, which is comparable to the national figure of 5.6%.
Central Queensland has experienced a slowing of economic development during 2013-2014 as a result of significant downturn in resource sector development in the region.
The health service is responsible for the direct management of facilities within its geographical boundaries including:
The health service also provides services from a number of Multi-Purpose Health Services (MPHS) and outpatient clinics. MPHS are located in:
Outpatient clinics are located at:
Distance is a challenge to service delivery for the health service. Our large geographic area means we often service rural or remote communities, where it is not possible to have immediate access to 24 hour clinical services. In 2012-2013 the health service introduced and embraced Telehealth, enabling real-time interaction between specialist clinicians and remote communities. Telehealth is used to provide services ranging from core clinical diagnostics to mental health care and antenatal care. Telehealth enables efficiencies in the delivery of quality health care services across the health service.