Our Tropical Public Health Services work with internal and external stakeholders including:
- the Communicable Diseases Branch in Brisbane
- other health services including Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services
- federal and local government departments
- non-government agencies
- research institutions and local communities.
We provide public health services and support across Far North Queensland to the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service and the Torres Cape Hospital and Health Service. This includes the following:
We respond to notifiable diseases and outbreaks.
We give advice on immunisation to vaccine service providers and manage immunisation programs.
Environmental health involves monitoring and enforcing public health legislation and responding to environmental health issues.
We respond to outbreaks of mosquito borne diseases in Far North Queensland. We also conduct surveillance and control of Aedes albopictus mosquitoes in the Torres Strait.
This is a statewide program for the monitoring and control of, and education on, acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD).
This service provides support and advice for clinicians for the diagnosis and management of syphilis cases.
Our action and response plans are to help prevent and control sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and blood borne viruses (BBVs).
Population diversity profiles
We have Population diversity profiles (PDF, 1.8MB) for Cairns and Hinterland, and for 7 planning regions within the hospital and health services.
Our diversity profiles include:
- estimated resident populations
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations
- socioeconomic status
- country of birth
- language spoken at home
- proficiency in spoken English
- ancestry and religious relationships.
Read about what is happening at TPHS in the current edition of Tropical Public Health News (PDF, 3MB).
Cairns Tropical Public Health Services can be contacted on:
Phone: 07 4226 5555
Fax: 07 4226 3095
Phone: 1800 DENGUE (1800 336 483)
North Queensland Syphilis Surveillance Service
Phone: 1800 032 238
Fax: 07 4226 3095
Rheumatic Heart Disease Hotline
Phone: 1300 135 854
Fax: 1300 429 536