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Rural regions and locations

Working in rural and remote Queensland provides a unique lifestyle with diverse personal and professional opportunities.

We use the Modified Monash Model to define rural and remote locations, with those in categories 4-7 considered rural and remote. We’re proud to support the healthcare of rural and remote Queenslanders. We have more than 170 Queensland Health facilities situated across large rural towns, as well as the most remote of communities.

You can find our healthcare locations on the map of rural and remote health facilities.

Clinicians practicing in a rural or remote areas may also be eligible for additional incentives through the Australian Government.

The following 4 HHSs service only rural and remote communities.

Central West HHS

Central West HHS operates 15 facilities including:

  • 1 District Hospital in Longreach
  • 4 inpatient facilities in Alpha, Barcaldine, Blackall and Winton
  • 10 Primary Health Centres in Boulia, Bedourie, Birdsville, Windorah, Jundah, Isisford, Tambo, Aramac, Muttaburra and Jericho.

The HHS provides coordinated outreach allied health, oral health, mental health, pharmacy, maternal and child health and medical services. This makes sure residents of these communities receive safe, quality care as close to home as possible.

Find out more about Central West HHS.

North West HHS

North West HHS delivers health services to the communities of North West Queensland. It serves a population of around 32,000 people, across:

  • 1 regional hospital
  • 2 multipurpose health services
  • 3 remote hospitals
  • 4 primary health clinics
  • 5 community health centres.

Find out more about North West HHS.

South West HHS

South West HHS is a rural and remote public health service committed to providing quality, dependable, safe and sustainable healthcare. Their area covers more than 310,000 square kilometres, is bordered by 3 states and covers 21% of Queensland. They provide services to a population of 26,000 through 26 healthcare facilities.

Find out more about South West HHS.

Torres and Cape HHS

Torres and Cape HHS provides health care to a population of more than 27,000 people. It is one of Australia's largest providers of health services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The small but passionate service is made up of 1,000 employees working in:

  • 31 primary health care centres
  • 2 hospitals on Thursday Island and in Bamaga
  • a multi-purpose health service in Cooktown
  • an integrated health service in Weipa.

It covers 158,000 square kilometres across the northernmost tip of Queensland and across the Torres Strait up to Papua New Guinea. It supports a wide range of healthcare providers including outreach teams, visiting specialists, and non-government providers.

Find out about Torres and Cape HHS, living in the Torres Strait, Cooktown and Cape York and Outback Queensland.

Other HHSs

Our other HHSs have a mix of tertiary, regional, rural and remote facilities. These include:

Last updated: 27 April 2023