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 12,400 persons and also services a large number of visitors seeking an outback experience during the winter months. At June 2011, 8.3 per cent of the service’s population identified as of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin, 5.8 per cent of the total population were born overseas and 19.5 per cent of those born overseas speak a language other than English at home.2

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.

Central West Health’s strategic plan was developed following consultation with local communities, councils and healthcare partners, aiming to sustain quality health services in remote Queensland and to improve access to specialist care for our residents. The plan aligned with the former government’s Blueprint for better health and the government’s objectives for the community to revitalise frontline services, invest in effective planning and infrastructure, realise value for money and increase transparency for performance.

The Central West Hospital and Health Service Strategic Plan 2015–2019 was developed in early 2015 to reflect the incoming government’s objectives for the community of delivering quality frontline services and building safe, caring and connected communities.

In 2014–15, Central West Health employed more than 370 clinical, administrative and operational staff (full-time, part-time and casual) and spent $63 million on healthcare services.

2 Queensland Regional Profiles, Central West Regional Planning Area, Queensland Government’s Statistician’s Office, Queensland Treasury and Trade, 2014

Last Updated: Feb 29, 2016 @ 4:15 pm