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Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service

icon The Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service (HHS) is responsible for the health services of approximately 25,000 people widely spread across Cape York, the Northern Peninsula Area and the Torres Strait Islands. Sixty six per cent of the population in the Torres and Cape HHS identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
icon Telehealth services are available throughout the HHS. This service provides residents access to specialist services without having to leave their local community.
icon The Torres and Cape HHS also supports a wide range of healthcare providers including outreach teams and visiting specialist services from other Health Services (mainly Cairns) and non-government providers such as Apunipima Cape York Health Council and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
iconTorres and Cape HHS expanded existing oral health services in Thursday Island in 2015 to provide emergency and general courses of care to Torres Strait Island and Northern Peninsula Area communities. Visiting Dentist services were expanded and waitlists reduced. A 'Dental Blitz' commenced dedicated to treating patients from the outer islands.
icon In 2014 a birthing service commenced at Cooktown Multi-Purpose Health Service for women from the Cooktown region who are assessed as having a low-risk pregnancy. This is after an absence of birthing services for 11 years. The region’s midwifery group practice services were also expanded.
icon Nurse assisted ambulatory renal dialysis services commenced on Thursday Island in 2015 with three haemodialysis chairs. The service will gradually build up to its full capacity with staffing for six chairs.
icon New tele-chemotherapy programs commenced at Cooktown, Weipa and Thursday Island in 2014/15. Low risk cancer patients no longer need to travel to Cairns for chemotherapy.
iconTorres and Cape HHS is hosting a new Tuberculosis Clinical Coordinator as part of the Commonwealth-funded Project Agreement for the Management of Torres Strait / Papua New Guinea Cross Border Health Issues. 
Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service
Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service


Street address: Level 9, CITI Central Building, corner of Spence and Sheridan St, CAIRNS QLD 4870

Postal Address: PO Box 5607, CAIRNS QLD 4870


07 4226 5970


07 4226 5678

Office hours

8:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday

Website address


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Facilities within the Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service

Torres and Cape HHS delivers a range of acute, non-acute, primary health care and public health services through the operations of hospitals at Cooktown, Weipa, Thursday Island and Bamaga, and 31 primary health care centres (PHCC).

Cape York region

Northern Peninsula Area region

Torres Strait Islands region

Additionally, Torres and Cape HHS maintains a regional hub office in Cairns where business, finance, human resources, patient safety, quality, performance and planning services are based. Some Torres and Cape HHS-wide clinical outreach services are also based in the Cairns hub office.

Chief Executive Officer

Beverley Hamerton

HHS Board Chair

Ms Elthius (Ella) Kris

Capital works or recent improvements

Torres and Cape HHS are progressing with the $36.3 million Backlog Maintenance Remediation Program (BMRP). This four year, large-scale, multidisciplinary rectification and renewal project will inject $36.295 million into improving Queensland Health infrastructure across Torres Strait and Cape York. The BMRP is the single largest infrastructure project ever undertaken by the Torres and Cape HHS and will include up-skilling of HHS infrastructure staff.

Last updated: 12 September 2016

Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service