Dauan Island Primary Health Care Centre Profile
Dauan Island forms part of the Top Western Cluster of the Torres Strait Islands. Boigu Island and Saibai Island make up the remainder of the cluster.
The Top Western Cluster is located close to the Papua New Guinea border and forms the most northern point of Australia’s territory. Dauan Island has a population of approximately 191 people, all of whom identify as Indigenous. The health centre offers a limited range of non-admitted patient services including clinical care, chronic disease, maternal and child care, lifestyle and emotional well-being, environmental health and mental health.
Dauan Island Primary Health Care Centre is managed by a small primary health care team consisting of a remote area nurse, a weekly fly-in, fly-out clinic and one Indigenous health worker.
This health centre offers a limited a range of primary health and emergency care, including chronic disease, maternal and child care, lifestyle and emotional well-being, environmental health and mental health.
Allied Health outreach teams (podiatry, dietician, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, diabetes educator) visit the island irregularly and midwives also attended Dauan Island as required for antenatal checks.
Men’s and women’s clinics are provided through the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Queensland Health provides a number of fly-in, fly-out specialist services including an optometrist and dental services.
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.
Telehealth services are available for linking with other facilities via video-conference for patients.
Street Address: Lot 16 Dauan Island
Postal Address: C/- Dauan Island Health Centre, Dauan Island QLD 4875
+61 7 4069 4260
+61 7 4069 4368
8.30 am – 5pm Monday to Friday
Distance to main referring hospital(s)
Thursday Island Hospital - 133km (by sea)
- Primary health care
- Level 2 emergency care centre
- 24 hours access to health worker and triage presentations.
- Home visits for disabled and elderly patients
- VMO outreach visits, usually 3 weekly cycles
- Diabetes services
- RFDS Women’s Health services
- Sexual Health team twice a year
- Outreach midwife as required
- Yearly hearing health team
- 6 monthly Ophthalmic clinic
- Renal specialist clinic
- Mental health services
- Maternal and Child health
- Health promotion
- Public health as required