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Thursday Island Hospital Profile


Thursday Island is the administrative and commercial centre of the Torres Strait Island region. The island has an area of about 3.5km2. At the 2016 census, Thursday Island had a population of 2900.

Thursday Island Hospital is the referral hospital for seventeen Primary Health Care Centres in the Torres Strait Islands. These are grouped in island clusters as follows:

  • Top western cluster: Boigu Island, Dauan Island, Saibai Island
  • Near western cluster: Badu Island, Mabuiag Island, Kubin & St Pauls (Moa Island)
  • Eastern cluster: Erub (Darnley Island), Mer (Murray Island), Ugar (Stephen Island)
  • Central cluster: Iama (Yam Island), Masig (Yorke Island), Poruma (Coconut Island), Warraber (Sue Island)
  • Inner cluster: Hammond Island, Thursday Island, Ngurupai (Horn Island)
icon There are 26 general/medical beds and 6 maternity beds at Thursday Island Hospital.

Thursday Island Hospital provides the region with healthcare services, including general medicine, maternity, paediatrics, emergency, operating suite, pharmacy, radiology, social work, speech pathology and podiatry.

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


Street Address: 163 Douglas Street, THURSDAY ISLAND QLD 4875

Postal Address:  PO Box 391, THURSDAY ISLAND QLD 4875


+61 7 40690200


+61 7 40690665

Office Hours

0830 - 1700hrs

HHS website

Visit Torres and Cape HHS website

Distance to main referring hospital

Cairns Base Hospital - Flight 798kms

Hospital services

  • General Medicine
  • Maternity
  • High-dependency Unit
  • Paediatrics
  • Emergency Services
  • Operating Suite
  • Sterilisation Services

Allied Health services

  • Podiatry
  • Pharmacy
  • Radiography
  • Physiotherapy
  • Dietetics
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Social Worker
  • Speech Pathology
  • Social Work

Outreach services

  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Dietician
  • Podiatry
  • Radiography (Saibai)
  • Midwifery

Home and Community Care (HACC)

Thursday Island Primary Health Care Centre

Visiting Specialists

  • Chest (Respiratory for paediatrics at Primary Health Centre)
  • Dental - paediatrics primarily
  • Dermatology
  • Endocrinology
  • Endoscopic Services
  • Liver
  • Ear Nose & Throat
  • Deadly Ears
  • General Physician (includes adult & paediatric Cardiology)
  • General Surgery
  • FROGS - Gynacology / Obstetrics
  • Ophthalmology
  • Optometry
  • Orthopaedics
  • Paediatric Surgery
  • Paediatrician
  • Psychiatrist - Adult
  • Psychiatrist - Child & Youth
  • Renal

Community health

  • Immunisation Clinics
  • School Health
  • Child Health
  • Women's Health
  • Men's Health
  • Palliative Care
  • Aged Care Assessment
  • Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs (ATODS)
  • Indigenous Health
  • Health Promotion & Prevention
  • Specialist Mental Health Services

Capital Works or recent improvements

The Torres and Cape HHS worked in partnership with the Department of Housing and Public Works to construct 16 two-bedroom units and two three-bedroom houses which have all been leased for Queensland Health staff.

Last updated: 13 July 2020

Thursday Island Hospital

Thursday Island Hospital (aerial)

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