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Benefits of rural practice

Living and working in rural Queensland offers a number of both personal and professional benefits. Typically, rural and regional Queensland offers a relaxed lifestyle and the opportunity to live in a unique natural environment. You will experience a supportive local community and benefit from living close to work.

The professional benefits of working in a rural and remote area include:

  • greater autonomy and responsibility
  • the varierty of working in a multidisciplinary team
  • a diverse patient mix
  • access to professional development and support networks that will foster skills and develop leadership
  • a range of financial benefits such as rural and remote allowances.

Quality rural and remote healthcare services are delivered in the North West, Central West, South West, and the Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Services.

North West

The North West Hospital and Health Service is over 300,000 square kilometres and services the rural and remote communities within north western Queensland and the Gulf of Carpentaria.  Health professionals are in high demand and working in this area allows you see amazing areas such as Mt Isa, Camooweal, Cloncurry, Dajarra, Doomadgee, Julia Creek, Karumba, Normanton and Mornington Island.

Mount Isa is a unique and progressive city nestled among the splendour of the Selwyn Ranges in the heart of North West Queensland.  Once a raw frontier town built around the vast mineral resources, Mount Isa has grown into a thriving industrial and commercial centre renowned for its friendly and welcoming nature.  You’ll love the yearly carnival of festivities and celebrations- the Mount Isa Rodeo is the biggest rodeo in the southern hemisphere.

See regional profiles of the area’s cities and towns.

Read more about the North West Hospital and Health Service.

Central West

From Boulia in the far west, to Alpha on the east border, Central West Hospital and Health Service offers a myriad of career and lifestyle opportunities for health workers.  Probably the most well-known highlight is Longreach on Thomson River. Longreach is a thriving regional centre with the conveniences of a city and the charm and character of the outback.  Central West Queensland is the essence of the Outback and its people, woven into the rich tapestry that is ‘Matilda country’.

The birthplace of QANTAS and a major hub for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Longreach is also a big tourism spot.  Other towns such as Barcaldine and Winton offer friendly and relaxed communities, perfect for families.  Rich in history and diversity, Central West is the perfect region to explore, enjoy traditional bush tucker around a campfire and be entertained with yarns of the glory days.

See regional profiles of the area’s cities and towns.

Read more about the Central West Hospital and Health Service.

South West

The South West Hospital and Health Service is a remote region which covers 319,808 square kilometers.  The Service, also known as Channel Country, is a diverse area which offers a range of career and lifestyle opportunities for health workers, including midwives, nursing and allied health professionals. The main town of Roma is a 6 hour drive from Brisbane, but is still delightfully rural in character with all the conveniences of a city. Roma is also home to the oldest winery in Queensland, the historic Romavilla, and each Tuesday hosts the largest Cattle Sales in Australia.

Towns such as Cunnamulla and Charleville are also popular spots for tourism with their authentic country lifestyle with distinct old-world charm. With its picturesque and unspoiled wilderness, the South West is the epitome of the 'natural' Outback. There are many adventures on offer. Try your hand at fishing in the many billabongs, rivers and lakes. Take the plunge in the hot artesian springs for which the area is famous. Go camping and see stars which stretch forever, or take a four-wheel driving adventure over rugged plains.

See regional profiles of the area’s cities and towns.

Read more about the South West Hospital and Health Service.

Torres and Cape

Our hospital and health service covers an area of 158,000 square kilometres and has a population of more than 25,000 people of which 63.7% identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.  It is comprised of 31 primary health care centres, 2 hospitals (Thursday Island and Bamaga), a multi-purpose health service (Cooktown) and an integrated health service (Weipa).

The deep tropics of Cape York, the Northern Peninsula Area (NPA) and the Torres Strait Islands offer an unforgettable experience and great career opportunities for health professionals, especially nurses, community health workers and generalist doctors.

There are fantastic travels and adventures to be had across this diverse land and seascape, including fishing, diving, camping, four-wheel driving and sport hunting. Also this region is renowned for traditional dancing, arts, crafts and music festivals and sporting carnivals.

Working in this region is more than a job, it is a great opportunity to challenge yourself, become an integral member of the local community, develop collaborative relationships with other health professionals and be a part of making a difference to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes by providing comprehensive health services.

See regional profiles of the area’s cities and towns.

Read more about Torres and Cape York Hospital and Health Service.

Last updated: 16 January 2020