About Townsville Hospital and Health Service (HHS)

The Townsville HHS employs approximately 5,583 FTE staff and has an operating budget of $1.3 billion for 2023-2024, which is an increase from the published 2022-2023 operating budget of $1.2 billion.

The Townsville HHS services a population of approximately 240,000 people within a catchment area of about 148,000 square kilometres. The HHS comprises 19 hospitals and community health campuses and two residential aged care facilities. The HHS area extends from Townsville, north to Cardwell and Ingham, west to Charters Towers, Hughenden and Richmond, south to Ayr and Home Hill and east to Magnetic Island and Palm Island.

The Townsville Hospital is the main referral hospital in northern Australia providing tertiary services to a population of approximately 695,000 people ranging from Mackay to the Torres
Strait Islands, and west to the Northern Territory boarder.

Required skills, knowledge and experience

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

  • Front line Clinician
  • Local to Townsville HHS region and/or local expertise in consumer and community health knowledge
  • Chartered Accountant/CPA
  • Media relations and Marketing
  • Strategic ICT

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
  • Consumer and community health knowledge
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander persons and associated Community Health issues


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 Townsville HHS is available: www.health.qld.gov.au/townsville/default.asp

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

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THHS 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.