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Great nursing in the Townsville HHS

Nursing in Townsville

We know you have thought about it, NOW is the time to make the move!

Our community is growing and our hospital is expanding to meet these needs.  Nursing and Midwifery at the Townsville Hospital and Health Service (HHS) is very rewarding and filled with exciting opportunities for professional development, skill enhancement and succession planning.

Nursing and Midwifery opportunities

Townsville HHS is the largest tertiary health service in Northern Australia.  Our Emergency Department is one of the busiest in Queensland, accepting care for critically ill patients from all over North Queensland.  The Townsville Hospital provides, complex, high level services across a wide range of specialties including:

  • Adult and paediatric ICU
  • Cardiothoracic and cardiology including cardiac catheter lab
  • General surgery - colorectal, upper GI, urology and vascular surgery
  • Gerontology and Dementia care
  • Haematology, radiation and medical oncology
  • Hyperbaric Medicine
  • Medical Imaging – CT, MRI, DSA, nurse led PICC line insertions
  • Medicine – gastroenterology, rheumatology, respiratory, endocrine, stroke
  • Mental Health – Secure, Acute, Community and Rehabilitation
  • Midwifery - midwifery group practice, birth centre
  • Neonatal, paediatric and adult ICU
  • Neurosurgery and Neurology
  • Obstetrics, including high risk
  • Orthopaedics
  • Paediatrics and Paediatric Oncology
  • Perioperative
  • Rehabilitation and Sub Acute
  • Renal Services – inpatient and satellite clinics

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The Townsville Hospital (TTH) is the only tertiary facility in Northern Queensland and offers all of these services within the one hospital.  In addition to TTH, clinical care is delivered in eight other geographical locations.  Our services include rural hospitals, health centres, multi-purpose health services, mental health rehabilitation, clinics and aged care, supported by our Tele Health Services. Townsville is the Northern Operational centre for Queensland Emergency Medical System Coordination Centres (QCC), co-ordinating a retrieval service via helicopter and fixed-wing aircrafts, including neonatal retrievals for North Queensland.

There are many specialist and specialty nursing and midwifery positions within the THHS, some of these include advanced scope roles such as Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Endoscopists.

Professional development

Professional development of nurses and midwives is a priority of the THHS.  We provide an array of opportunities to work to the full scope of your practice, including undertaking of advanced procedures and utilisation of state of the art systems and equipment.

Nursing and midwifery staff are able to access three days Professional Development Leave (pro rata for part time) to assist in meeting Continuing Professional Development requirements.  In addition, financial assistance is provided biannually directly to the employee.

Within our organisation there is a supportive culture for succession management for career progression.  The Study and Research Assistance Scheme (SARAS) is available for employees who wish to undertake study or research activities to enhance their knowledge, skills and abilities. The scheme assists with financial and leave assistance to support nurses with their study requirements.


The Nursing and Midwifery Research Unit encourages staff within our organisation to undertake nursing research.  THHS aims to contribute to innovation and excellence in care by actively encouraging nursing research.  Experienced researchers are able to guide you through the developing your ideas into action.   Our nurses and midwives are consistently successful in journal publication.  Recent areas of research conducted in our organisation have included Neonatology and Radiation Oncology.

THHS work in partnership with James Cook University and value and support the contribution of research in all its facets.  The Professor of Nursing and Midwifery role is a jointly appointed position which makes critical contributions to outcomes for the Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Research (CNMR).

The Centre’s projects are authentic and sustainable, based on mutual respect between researchers and the people with whom the research is being conducted.

The CNMR focuses on health in Indigenous, regional, rural, remote and tropical contexts to consolidate and strengthen nursing and midwifery research within the following broad programs:

  • Indigenous futures
  • Workforce and practice development
  • Health professional education
  • Clinical practice

Digital Healthcare

THHS implemented integrated electronic Medical Record (ieMR) in March 2015, and is steadily expanding.  Digital healthcare is supporting nursing and midwifery to improve the speed in which patient information can be obtained independently, including to our community and rural facilities. This is an exciting progression into a fully digital hospital!


THHS offers a culturally diverse working environment with opportunities for professional and personal growth as well as diverse career options.  THHS prides itself on being dedicated to teaching, learning and research that is of high quality, while delivering person centred care to members of the extended community. Our employees enjoy the benefits of:

  • generous superannuation scheme with a combined 17% contribution
  • five or six weeks annual recreation leave
  • flexible working arrangements
  • attractive options for salary packaging
  • relocation assistance
  • shift and locality allowance
  • Professional Development Leave
  • Professional Development Assistance
  • corporate discounts for local businesses
  • corporate health and fitness program

These benefits are enhanced by Townsville’s affordable housing, great outdoor lifestyle and hassle-free traffic!   

With 320 days of sunshine a year Townsville has perfect weather year around, offering a relaxed tropical lifestyle. It is the gateway to the world famous Great Barrier Reef, stunning beaches, rainforests and the outback. City living in a perfect location with idyllic weather all year round.

What have you got to lose?

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Last updated: 4 October 2018