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Sibuwani Ngurpai Meta / Thursday Island Primary Health Care Centre profile


Thursday Island is located 35km north-west of Cape York and 800km north of Cairns and is the major administrative centre for the Torres Strait region and Northern Peninsula Area of Queensland.  Thursday Island has a population of approximately 2,900.

Sibuwani Ngurpai Meta / Thursday Island Primary Health Care Centre was opened in 1997.  The staff from Sibuwani Ngurpai Meta provide services for the region including the Inner Islands, Outer Islands and the Northern Peninsula Area which has a total population of about 12,000. The population is comprised mostly of Torres Strait Island and Aboriginal people.


The service operates under the Torres Strait and NPA Model of Care that includes an organisational structure that supports Indigenous management. This unique management structure provides culturally appropriate health services. This is a key factor in the effort to closing the gap in the district. The Torres Strait Model for Primary Health Care encompasses five primary health care services of:

  1. Primary clinical care
  2. Disease screening and prevention
  3. Health education
  4. Health promotion
  5. Community development.

The Primary Health Care Centre has program areas that include Primary Clinical Care, Post-Acute, Rehabilitation and Aged Care (PARAC), Family Support-Social and Emotional Wellbeing Service , Maternal and Child Health, Respiratory Health, Hearing Health, Home and Community Care (HACC), Men’s and Women’s Health and Oral Health. The Health Centre also contains a dental clinic.

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Street address: 74 Douglas Street, THURSDAY ISLAND QLD 4875

Postal address: PO Box 624, THURSDAY ISLAND QLD 4875


+61 7 4069 0400


+61 7 4069 2045

Office Hours

8:30am to 5pm Monday to Friday

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GP Practice

Last updated: 15 June 2022

Thursday Island Primary Health Care Centre

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