About Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service (HHS)

The Torres and Cape HHS employs approximately 1,180 FTE staff and has an operating budget of $315 million for 2023-24.

The HHS is one of Australia’s largest providers of health services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples providing health care to a resident population of more than 27,000 people, of which 64% identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

The HHS covers an area of 129,770 square kilometres and is managed from hubs in Cairns, Weipa and Thursday Island and comprises of 31 primary health care centres, 2 hospitals (Thursday Island and Bamaga), a multi-purpose health service (Cooktown) and an integrated health service (Weipa).

The health services delivered to communities include emergency, primary health and acute care, medical imaging, oral health, maternity, aged care, allied health, palliative and respite services, and visiting specialist services. TCHHS provides a number of services through a mixed model of locally located services and visiting teams including mental health, oral health and BreastScreen. We support a wide range of healthcare providers including outreach teams and visiting specialist services from other health services and non-government providers.

Required skills, knowledge and experience

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

  • AICD
  • Chartered Accountant/CPA
  • Rural and Remote health

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 Resources management
  • Clinical expertise and Clinician
  • Legal expertise
  • Primary healthcare skills, knowledge and experience
  • Consumer and community health knowledge
  • Academia in HHS operations
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person/s and associated Community Health knowledge

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 Torres and Cape HHS is available at: www.health.qld.gov.au/torres-cape/

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

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TCHHS 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 or adjustments 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.