Poruma (Coconut Island) Primary Health Care Centre Profile
Poruma (Coconut Island) is situated in the Central Island Cluster of the Torres Strait Islands. It is a narrow coral island approximately 1.4 kilometres long and 400 metres wide, bounded by shallow, fringing coral reefs. The population of Coconut Island is 167 people, with 95% of the population being of Indigenous descent.
Poruma Primary Health Care Centre is managed by a small team consisting of remote area nurses, Indigenous health workers and ancillary staff.
This health centre falls under the responsibilities of the Thursday Island Primary Health Care Centre and provides a limited range of health services to the community in the areas of clinical care, quality lifestyle, chronic disease, maternal and child health, environmental, mental and sexual health, general practitioner services, acute clinical services and disaster management response.
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: William Street, Poruma, QLD 4875
Postal Address: C/- Poruma (Coconut Island) Primary Health Care Centre, Poruma QLD 4875
+61 7 4069 4288
+61 7 4069 4367
8.30am – 5pm Monday to Friday
Distance to main referring hospital(s)
Thursday Island Hospital - 110km (by air)
- General outpatients
- Level 2 emergency care centre
- 24 hours access to registered nurse and triage presentations.
- Home visits for the disabled and elderly
- Visiting Medical officer outreach visits, usually three weekly cycles
- Diabetes services
- Royal Flying Doctor Service women’s health
- Sexual Health team
- Dental services
- Outreach midwife
- Yearly hearing health team
- Ophthalmic clinic
- Dental services
- Renal specialist clinic
- Mental health services
- Maternal and Child health
- Health promotion
- Public health in response to communicable disease outbreaks
Capital works or recent improvements
As part of the outer islands primary health care centres $17.4 million redevelopment project, Poruma's PHCC is complete. Visit Infrastructure projects web page for a list of projects completed or underway in our region to deliver better healthcare for you.