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Iama (Yam Island) Primary Health Care Centre Profile

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Iama (Yam Island) is situated in the Central Cluster of the Torres Strait Islands, approximately 100 km north-west of Thursday Island.

Iama has a population of approximately 315 people, with 94% of the population identifying as Indigenous. The community is located in one area at the front of the island.

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

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This health centre offers a limited range of primary health and emergency care services, including chronic disease, maternal and child care, lifestyle and emotional well-being, environmental health and mental health.

Allied Health outreach teams (oral health, podiatry, dietician, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, diabetes educator) visit the island regularly and midwives also attend on an as-needed basis for antenatal checks. The nearest referral service to Iama is Thursday Island Hospital.

Men's and women's health clinics are also available on a regular basis through the Royal Flying Doctor Service, and Queensland Health provides a number of fly-in, fly-out specialist services including an optometrist.

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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: Lot 13 Garth Lane, Yam Island QLD 4875

Postal Address: c/- Iama (Yam Island) Primary Health Care Centre, Iama (Yam Island) QLD 4875

Phone

+61 7 4090 1000

Fax

+61 7 4090 1015

Hours

8am - 5pm Monday to Friday

Staff On-Call Hours - 24hrs availability

HHS website

Visit Torres and Cape HHS website

Distance to main referring hospital(s)

Thursday Island Hospital - 100 km (by sea)

Centre services

  • Primary Health Care Centre
  • Emergency 24 hr on-call service
  • Home visits for disabled and elderly patients

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

Iama (Yam Island) PHCC

Iama (Yam Island)