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Boigu Island Primary Health Care Centre Profile

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Boigu Island is the most northern point of Australia, located four kilometres south of Papua New Guinea. Boigu Island forms part of the Top Western Cluster of the Torres Strait Islands. Dauan and Saibai islands make up the remainder. The island is relatively small and low-lying, stretching for 18km with an approximate area of 90km2. The population of Boigu Island is approximately 270 people.

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Boigu Island Primary Health Care Centre is managed by a small primary health care team consisting of remote area nurses, Indigenous health workers and ancillary staff.

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This health centre provides primary health services to the people of Boigu Island. The centre is open daily, with a nurse available after hours for emergencies. Visiting services to the centre include medical services, optometry, midwifery, dietetics, chest clinic (thoracic) and sexual health clinic also visit the centre every month.

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Financial assistance is available through the Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme to eligible patients who need to travel to other hospitals for procedures and tests not available locally.

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Telehealth services are available for linking with other facilities via video-conference for patients.

Address

Street Address: Chambers Street, Boigu Island QLD 4875

Phone

+61 7 4069 4153

Fax

+61 7 4069 4367

Hours

8.30 am – 5pm Monday to Friday

HHS website

Visit Torres and Cape HHS website

Distance to main referring hospital(s)

Thursday Island Hospital - 145km (by air)

Centre services

  • General outpatients
  • Level 2 emergency care centre.
  • 24 hours access to registered nurse and triage presentations.
  • Home visits for the disabled and elderly

Clinics available

  • Visiting medical officer outreach visits, usually 3 weekly cycles
  • Diabetes services
  • Royal Flying Doctor Service women’s health
  • Sexual health team
  • Dental services
  • Outreach midwife
  • Yearly hearing health team
  • Ophthalmic clinic
  • Renal specialist clinic
  • Mental health services
  • Maternal and child health
  • Health promotion
  • Public health visits in response to communicable disease outbreaks
Last updated: 31 January 2018

Boigu Primary Health Care Centre