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Erub (Darnley Island) Primary Health Care Centre Profile

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Erub (Darnley Island) is part of the Eastern Cluster of the Torres Strait Islands. The population is approximately 328 people, with 96% of the population being of Torres Strait Islander descent.

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

Darnley Island Primary Health Care Centre is also responsible for the provision of services on Ugar (Stephen Island) and Mer (Murray Island).

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This health centre is open daily with a nurse available after hours for emergencies.  It provides primary health services such as disease prevention and health promotion and a doctor visits the centre every three to four weeks for two days.

All allied health services except dentistry and podiatry visit the Darnley Island Primary Health Care Centre with most services visiting every two to three months. However, a midwife visits monthly and a renal team from Brisbane visits once a year.

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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 to give residents access to specialist services without having to leave their local community.

Address

Street Address: Lot 64 The Esplanade, Darnley Island QLD 4875

Postal Address: C/- Darnley Island Primary Health Care Centre, Darnley Island QLD 4875

Phone

+61 7 4090 1500

Fax

+61 7 4069 4370

Hours

8.00 am – 5pm Monday to Friday

Staff on-call for emergencies

HHS website

Visit Torres and Cape HHS website

Distance to main referring hospital(s)

Thursday Island Hospital - 202km

Centre services

  • General outpatients
  • Emergency 24 hr. a day on-call service
  • Home visits for the disabled and the 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
  • Hearing health team
  • Ophthalmic clinic
  • Renal specialist clinic
  • Mental health services
  • Maternal and child health
  • Health promotion
  • Public health in response to communicable disease outbreaks
Last updated: 5 December 2017

Erub (Darnley Island)