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Warraber (Sue Island) Primary Health Care Centre Profile

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Warraber (Sue Island) is located in the Central Cluster of the Torres Strait Islands. Other islands in the cluster with health care facilities are Iama (Yam Island), Masig (Yorke Island) and Poruma (Coconut Island). Warraber has a population of approximately 250 people, with 87% of the population identifying as Indigenous.

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Warraber 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.

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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 attend on an as-need basis for antenatal checks.

Warraber is located about 100 km from the nearest main referral service, Thursday Island Hospital.

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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.

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Telehealth services are available for linking with other facilities via video-conference for patients.

Address

Street Address: Corner Esplanade and Aikuru Street, Warraber QLD 4875

Postal Address: c/- Warraber Primary Health Care Centre, Warraber QLD 4875

Phone

+61 7 4090 1400

Fax

+61 7 4090 1430

Hours

8.30 am – 5pm Monday to Friday

Staff On-Call Hours - 24 hrs availability

HHS website

Visit Torres and Cape HHS website

Distance to main referring hospital(s)

Thursday Island Hospital - 100 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: 31 January 2018

Warraber (Sue Island)