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Ugar (Stephen Island) Primary Health Care Centre Profile


Ugar (Stephen Island) is situated in the Eastern Cluster of the Torres Strait Islands. The other islands in the cluster are Erub and Mer. It is home to the region’s smallest community of about 50 people and 98% of the population identify as Indigenous. The island can only be accessed by helicopter or dinghy.


Stephen Island Primary Health Care Centre is managed by staff from nearby Mer (Murray Island) through a one day a week fly-in/fly-out clinic.


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.


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 10, Orankie Street, Ugar (Stephen Island) QLD 4875

Postal Address: C/Ugar (Stephen Island) Primary Health Care Centre, Ugar (Stephen Island) QLD 4875


+61 7 40 69 4086


+61 7 4069 4371


8am - 5pm Monday to Friday

Staff on-call hours - 24hr availability

HHS website

Visit Torres and Cape HHS website

Distance to main referring hospital(s)

Thursday Island Hospital - 170 km (by sea)

Centre services

  • Primary Health Care Centre
  • Weekly fly-in/fly-out nurse clinic from Mer or Erub
  • Home visits for disabled and elderly patients
  • Emergency Services referred to Erub

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
Last updated: 16 December 2021

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