About Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service (HHS)

The Cairns and Hinterland HHS’s vision is for excellence in health care, wellbeing, research and education in Far North Queensland.  Our purpose is to work together with our community, providing health care services to improve health and wellbeing in Far North Queensland.

The Cairns and Hinterland HHS employs approximately 5,914 full time equivalent (FTE) staff and has an operating budget of $1.2 billion for 2022-23, which is an increase from the published 2021-22 operating budget of $1.08 million.

The Cairns and Hinterland HHS is the primary provider of health services to residents of the Cairns, Tablelands and Cassowary Coast regions across a geographical area of 142,900 square kilometres and supports an estimated population of 261,500 people.

The Cairns and Hinterland HHS is responsible for providing public hospital and health services and operates various hospitals and multi-purpose health facilities within its geographical area. Cairns Hospital is the main referral hospital for Far North Queensland and delivers a broad range of secondary and tertiary health services.

The Cairns and Hinterland HHS includes major regional hospitals located at Atherton, Innisfail, and Mareeba; and regional community hospitals at Mossman, Babinda, Yarrabah, Gordonvale, Herberton and Tully, in addition to ten primary health care centres in local communities.

Required skills, knowledge and experience

The Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Board considers skills and expertise in the areas listed below as highly desirable for a member or Chair:

  • Clinical Safety and Quality

Other skills, knowledge or experience that may be required as set out in the legislation include (but are not limited to):

  • Expertise in Health Management
  • Expertise in Business management
  • Expertise in Financial management
  • Expertise in Industrial management
  • Expertise in Human Resource management
  • Clinical expertise and Clinician
  • Legal expertise
  • Primary healthcare skills, knowledge and experience
  • Academia in HHS operations
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander persons

We strongly encourage First Nations people, women, people with expertise in multiculturalism, young people and people with disabilities to apply.

Board Members are key leaders in their local communities. They fulfil important internal governance obligations in relation to the oversight of HHS operations and will often represent the HHS at meetings, events and community activities. These additional activities may occur outside standard business hours.

The geographical areas of Hospital and Health Services are large and additional time commitment may be required by Board Members to accommodate travel to local communities and facilities. This is particularly the case for HHSs located in regional areas.

The approximate time commitment for these positions is five days per fortnight for Chairs and three days per fortnight for Members.

Further information regarding Cairns and Hinterland HHS is available at: www.cairns-hinterland.health.qld.gov.au/

For more information on how to apply please download the Applicant Information Pack.

Return to Landing page

CHHHS acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land across Queensland, and pays respect to First Nations Elders past, present and future and actively encourages applications from First Nations peoples.

If you require any assistance to this application process to enable you to apply for the advertised role, please contact an Executive Quarter team member on 0497 499 749 or email [email protected] for a confidential discussion.