Each year Central West Health delivers around

Episodes of patient care
Surgical procedures in Longreach
Newborns welcomed to the world
Dental treatments


Central West Hospital and Health Service (Central West Health) was established as an independent statutory body on 1 July 2012 under the provisions of the Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011 (the Act). As an independent statutory body, Central West Health is overseen by a local health board.

Central West Health is responsible for providing public hospital and health services. Hospital services include accident and emergency, inpatient care, general and elective surgery, medical imaging and maternity services. Other healthcare services include a range of community and primary healthcare services such as immunisation, child and maternal health, chronic disease, allied health and mental health services.

The Queensland central west covers some 396,650 square kilometres of the state and includes the communities of remote central western Queensland from Tambo, in the south-east, to Boulia in the northwest. Central West Health serves a population of approximately 10,500 persons and  a large number of visitors seeking an outback experience during the winter months. As at 2016, 7.3 per cent of the population identified as of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin.

The model of service delivery is based on five hospital hubs in Alpha, Barcaldine, Blackall, Longreach and Winton with satellite primary health clinics at Aramac, Bedourie, Birdsville, Boulia, Isisford, Jericho, Jundah, Muttaburra, Tambo and Windorah.

Region-wide services for child and maternal health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and chronic disease management, together with a range of allied health and community health services are based in Longreach and other service hubs.

Central West Health’s doctors also work in general practices across the region under contract arrangements to deliver an integrated approach to primary and acute healthcare.

Last Updated: Aug 21, 2019 @ 8:56 am