Thursday Island Primary Health Care Centre

74 Douglas Street, THURSDAY ISLAND QLD 4875

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Medical Services - Thursday Island, QLD

Thursday Island Primary Health Care Centre located in Thursday Island specialises in primary clinical care, health education, health promotion, community development & disease screening & prevention.

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 2,600.

Thursday Island Primary Health Care Centre (Sibuwani Ngurpai Meta) 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:

♦ Primary clinical care

♦ Disease screening and prevention

♦ Health education

♦ Health promotion

♦ Community development.

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