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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 27,000 people widely spread across Cape York, the Northern Peninsula Area and the Torres Strait Islands. Sixty-four percent of the population in the 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 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.
icon In December 2018, the self-care renal haemodialysis unit opened on Thursday Island Hospital, allowing patients to dialyse themselves at times that better suit them.
icon Tele-chemotherapy programs are available at Cooktown, Weipa and Thursday Island. Low risk cancer patients don't need to travel to Cairns for chemotherapy.
icon The median wait time in the HHS emergency departments for 2018-19 was five minutes.


Street address: Level 6, William McCormack Building, 5b Sheridan St, CAIRNS QLD 4870

Postal Address: PO Box 5607, CAIRNS QLD 4870


07 4226 5970

Patient travel enquiries can be made directly to the local health care facility the patient resides near or the Travel Hub on (07) 4226 5999.


07 4226 5678

Office hours

8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday

Website address


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Facilities within the service

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

Chief Executive Officer

Beverley Hamerton

HHS Board Chair

Ms Elthies (Ella) Kris

Capital works or recent improvements

The HHS completed a range of capital works throughout the region as part of our $85.85 million infrastructure plan.  Visit Infrastructure projects to view a list of projects that are completed or underway in our region.

This includes the redevelopment of the Aurukun Primary Health Care Centre, including the construction of eight self-contained accommodation units for staff, while five of the existing accommodation spaces were refurbished.

Planning and design is also underway for the $46 million redevelopment of Thursday Island Hospital and Primary Health Centre, along with the refurbishments of PHCCs on Poruma, Dauan, Ugar, Masig, Moa and Mer Islands.

Last updated: 14 February 2022