Health & Wellbeing
The Cairns area offers a wide range of healthcare services in accordance with its status as a regional capital and provides medical services to locals and visitors along with the residents of the nearby areas.
Cairns Base Hospital (CBH) which is currently undergoing a multi million dollar upgrade is the major acute health facility in the district . It plays a crucial role in providing a range of primary and acute care services across the continuum and acts as a hub for regional centres. CBH provides specialist services including cardiology, gastroenterology, obstetrics, gynaecology, orthopaedics, paedeatrics, psychiatry, renal medicine, vascular surgery and radiology.
There is one Private Hospital and two day surgery centres in the area.
The Far North Queensland Rural Division of General Practice provides support to the numerous general practitioners, specialists and allied health professionals who practice in private clinics across the region.
The Royal Flying Doctor Service with a base in Cairns city, cares for remote patients and emergencies across an area of some 600,000 square kilometres.
As a growing regional centre Cairns has recently seen the development of several retirement lifestyle villages and independent living unit complexes catering to the accomodation needs of the over 55s.
The region also has a selection of ancillary health care services including aged care centres, nursing homes and aged care support services.
Queensland Health's Q Finder is an online directory that can assist in the location of specific health and community services.