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St Paul's Primary Health Care Centre (on Moa Island) Profile


St Paul's community is one of two communities on Moa (Banks Island). It is located on the northern end of the island, accessible by boat and helipad, and a 20 minute drive from the island’s airstrip.

The other community is Kubin, located 22 km away by sealed road.

Both communities have separate health care centres and operate independently of each other, but are able to support each other if required.

Moa Island is the second largest island in the Torres Strait and lies in the Near Western Cluster, about 40 km north of Thursday Island.

St Paul's has a population of approximately 258 people, with 92% of the population identifying as Indigenous.


St Paul's Primary Health Care Centre is managed by a small primary health care team consisting of a remote area nurse and two Indigenous health workers.


This 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.

Allied Health outreach teams (oral health, podiatry, dietician, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, diabetes educator, and optometrist) visit the island regularly and midwives also attended on an as-needed basis for antenatal checks.

Men's and women's 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 33 Main Street, St Paul's Village, Moa Island QLD 4875

Postal Address: C/- St Paul's Primary Health Care Centre, Moa Island QLD 4875


+61 7 4069 4348


+61 7 4069 4375


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 - 45.1 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
  • 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

St Pauls PHCC (on Moa Island)

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