Skip links and keyboard navigation

Iama (Yam Island) Primary Health Care Centre Profile


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.


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


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.


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 13 Garth Lane, Iama Island QLD 4875

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


+61 7 4090 1000


+61 7 4090 1015


8am-5pm Monday to Friday

Staff on-call hours - 24hrs availability

HHS website

Visit Torres and Cape HHS website

Distance to main referring hospital

Thursday Island Hospital - 100 km (by sea)

Centre services

  • Primary health care centre
  • Level 2 emergency care centre
  • 24 hours access to registered nurse and triage presentations.
  • 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: 16 December 2021

Iama (Yam Island) PHCC

Iama (Yam Island)

Coronavirus COVID-19 health alert