What it's like to work with us

We offer an inclusive and supportive work environment, where we encourage values and behaviours that allow all staff to feel valued, included, and welcome.

Our culture

We're committed to improving the health and wellbeing of all people in Far North Queensland by providing safe, high quality healthcare.

Our staff are part of the communities we serve. We strongly believe that health outcomes are enhanced by involving our communities in the planning and evaluation of local health services.

Our values

Our staff apply our shared values to every aspect of their work. This helps ensure our workplaces are effective, inclusive environments, where our employees are empowered to reach our goals.

Read more about our vision, purpose and values.

Diversity and inclusion

Far North Queensland is one of Australia’s most culturally and socially diverse regions.

Our workplaces reflect that great diversity. We encourage participation of people from all backgrounds and cultures.

Our work environment is inclusive and supportive and we value our staff.

Cairns and Hinterland Health Service strives to be the employer of choice. We provide fair and equitable employment opportunities for people of all cultures, abilities and backgrounds.

What we’re doing

We're using the Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Strategy to encourage inclusive practices in recruitment and career, including:

  • diversity of candidates in recruitment pools
  • job design to support workforce flexibility, diversity and inclusion
  • promoting the benefits of diversity and inclusion to staff
  • resourcing leaders to achieve a more diverse and inclusive workplace
  • supporting employees so they can bring their whole self to work
  • supporting employees with appropriate training, development and career opportunities.

Tell us if you need support or access assistance for a job interview, or when you come to work with us.

Living in the Cairns and Hinterland region

Cairns is part of the wet tropics of Far North Queensland. It’s nestled between the Coral Sea and the Great Dividing Range, offering easy access to the Reef, the Daintree rainforest and the region’s many other attractions.


Cairns is a popular place to visit. It's also home to about 160,000 people who enjoy coastal living at its best. It has wonderful world heritage listed playgrounds close by, quiet streets, fantastic tropical weather, warm waters and a relaxed lifestyle.

It's easy to see why people come here on holidays and end up staying for life.

It’s a dynamic and culturally diverse community, with excellent entertainment, recreation, arts and sporting facilities.

There are daily flights to capital cities and other Queensland centres. Regular international flights connect Cairns to Japan, Singapore and Papua New Guinea. There’s regular train and bus services to Brisbane, and road connections to all parts of Queensland.

You can find practical advice about living in Cairns on the Cairns Regional Council website.

Far North Queensland

We have more than 30 facilities across 140,000 square kilometres of Far North Queensland, providing safe, high quality health care to about 250,000 people.

You could be working in the beautiful Port Douglas and Daintree region or in the lush green Cassowary Coast. You may be based on the rolling hills of the Atherton Tablelands, or in the tropical savannah on the way to the North Queensland outback.

They’re all great places to live and work. There are larger centres and many small towns where you’ll get to know everyone within a few days. They’re friendly, inclusive, diverse communities with good services and facilities and easy access to the region’s many attractions.

Our climate varies from the steamy coastal rainforests to the drier savannah country, to the crisp tablelands winters.

Local council websites are a good starting point for information and guides.

Last updated: November 2021