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Mer (Murray Island) Primary Health Care Centre Profile


Mer (Murray Island) is part of the Eastern Cluster of the Torres Strait Islands. Mer has a total population of approximately 365 people, with 93% of the population identifying as Torres Strait Islander. The other islands in the cluster are Erub (Darnley Island) and Ugar (Stephen Island).


Mer 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.


The health centre offers a limited a 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.

Mer Primary Health Care Centre supports the community through a visiting doctor service, nurses and Indigenous health workers. A nurse is on call 24 hours a day. Visiting staff often come from the nearby Erub (Darnley Island) health facility.

Services provided include primary health care, some specialist services, and some visiting allied health services such as oral health, occupational therapy and optometry. Infant health is monitored by a small maternal health care team located on the island and there is also a healthy lifestyles officer employed at the centre.


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: Murray Island QLD 4875

Postal Address: C/Post Office, Murray Island QLD 4875


+61 7 40 69 4089


+61 7 4069 4369


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 - 214 km (by sea)

Centre services

  • General Outpatients
  • 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
  • Outreach midwife
  • Hearing health
  • Ophthalmic clinic
  • Dental services
  • Renal specialist clinic
  • Mental Health services
  • Maternal and child health
  • Health promotion
  • Public health as required

Capital works or recent improvements

Tenders are expected to be called in September 2021 for the centre's $7 million redevelopment.  Visit Infrastructure projects web page for a list of projects completed or underway in our region to deliver better healthcare for you.

Last updated: 16 December 2021

Mer (Murray Island) PHCC

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