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Ngurapai (Horn Island) Primary Health Care Centre Profile


Ngurapai (Horn Island) is located in the Inner Cluster of the Torres Strait Islands. It lies approximately 2 km south east of Thursday Island, 900 km north of Cairns and 40 km northwest of the tip of Cape York. Horn Island is often referred to as the ‘gateway’ to other islands in the region as it has the only airport in the Torres Strait with a domestic terminal.

The population of Horn Island is approximately 531 people, with 72% of the population identifying as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.


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


The centre has state-of-the-art facilities. Health services are provided by the nurses on duty five days a week, and a nurse is available 24 hours a day in an emergency. Outreach services to Horn Island Primary Health Care Centre include a midwife, psychiatrist, dietician, diabetes educator, men’s and women’s health and family support services. A doctor visits the clinic one day per week from Thursday Island, with the Thursday Island Hospital accessible by ferry or helicopter.

icon Emergency dental services can be obtained from nearby Thursday Island.

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: 29 Nawie Street, Horn Island QLD 4875

Postal Address: PO Box 64, Horn Island QLD 4875


+61 7 4030 6200


+61 7 4069 1436


8am – 5pm Monday to Friday

HHS website

Visit Torres and Cape HHS website

Distance to main referring hospital(s)

Thursday Island Hospital - 2 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
  • Diabetes services
  • Royal Flying Doctor Service women's health
  • Sexual Health
  • Outreach Midwife
  • Annual hearing health clinic
  • Ophthalmic clinic
  • Renal specialist clinic
  • Mental health services
  • Maternal and child health
  • Health promotion
  • Public health support as required
Last updated: 16 December 2021

Ngurapai (Horn Island) PHCC

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