Have your say on local health services

Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service (CHHHS) is conducting a local area needs assessment (LANA) in partnership with the community, health professionals and service providers.

How to be involved

The Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service will present findings from the Local Area Needs Assessment Survey's and Consultation Sessions conducted in March/April 2022.  The following local feedback and consultation sessions will be provided.

Email chhhs_planning@health.qld.gov.au to RSVP.

Local feedback and consultation sessions

Email chhhs_planning@health.qld.gov.au to RSVP.

Innisfail to Tully


Innisfail Library

49 Rankin St, Innisfail

Monday 15 August 2022

4.30 pm – 5.30 pm:
Presentation of LANA Findings

5.30 pm – 6.00 pm:
Consultation & discussion

Mareeba and Atherton region


Mareeba Leagues Club

Corner Doyle and Riordan Streets, Mareeba

Friday 19 August 2022

12.30 pm – 1.30 pm:
Presentation of LANA Findings

1.30 pm – 2.00 pm:
Consultation & discussion

Tablelands Regional Council Coordination Centre

15 Vernon St, Atherton

Thursday 11 August 2022

4.30 pm – 5.30 pm:
Presentation of LANA Findings

5.30 pm – 6.00 pm:
Consultation & discussion



RSL Cairns Esplanade

(parking available at rear of RSL)

Wednesday 10 August 2022

4.30 pm – 5.30 pm:
Presentation of LANA Findings

5.30 pm – 6.00 pm:
Consultation & discussion

Mossman region


Mossman Memorial Bowls Club

6 - 8 Johnston Road, Mossman

Tuesday 16 August 2022

4.00 pm – 5.00 pm:
Presentation of LANA Findings

5.00 pm – 5.30 pm:
Consultation & discussion

Croydon region


Doris Casey Memorial Hall Croydon

Corner Brown & Williams Streets, Croydon

Thursday 8 September 2022

2.00 pm – 2.30 pm:
Presentation of LANA Findings

2.30 pm – 3.00 pm:
Consultation & discussion

Georgetown region


Georgetown Hall (Etheridge Shire Hall)

George Street, Georgetown

Friday 9 September 2022

9.30 am – 10.00 am:
Presentation of LANA Findings

10.00 am – 10.30 am:
Consultation & discussion

Virtual session

Email chhhs_planning@health.qld.gov.au to RSVP and you will be sent the link for the session below.

Monday 22 August 2022 4.00 pm – 5.30 pm: Presentation of LANA Findings, Consultation and discussion

Summary of feedback

Below is a summary of the feedback from the March/April 2022 consultation sessions for each area within our region.

These summaries are presented at each of the feedback and consultation sessions in August/September 2022.

What is a local area needs assessment?

A local area needs assessment (LANA) is a systematic method of identifying unmet health and healthcare needs of a population and determining if changes are required to meet those unmet needs. It helps to determine the community’s health priorities, how to better use resources, and plan programs or activities that support people's health needs.

Who can take part in the LANA?

We want to hear from community members, health professionals and service providers in our region.

As users of health care in our region, community members provide invaluable insight into what their needs are and what helps or prevents people from accessing health services.

The views of health professionals, service providers and other key stakeholders are also important. Their views provide insight into disease trends, emerging treatments, workforce needs, the effectiveness of current service delivery models as well as opportunities for improvement, coordination and linkages between services and barriers to access.

Information about the health data for your local area can be viewed in the links below:

Area Profile Areas included
Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service (PDF, 815.6KB) Far North, Tablelands (East) – Kuranda, Port Douglas – Daintree, Cairns – North, Cairns – South, Innisfail - Cassowary
Cairns South (PDF, 840.1KB) Bentley Park, Cairns City, Earlville – Bayview Heights, Edmonton, Gordonvale – Trinity, Kanimbla – Mooroobool, Lamb Range, Manoora, Manunda, Mount Sheridan, Westcourt – Bungalow, White Rock, Whitfield – Edge Hill, Woree
Tablelands (East) - Kuranda (PDF, 842.9KB) Atherton, Herberton, Kuranda, Malanda – Yungaburra, Mareeba
Cairns North (PDF, 890.7KB) Clifton Beach – Kewarra Beach, Freshwater – Stratford, Redlynch, Trinity Beach – Smithfield, Yorkeys Knob – Machans Beach
Innisfail - Cassowary (PDF, 1.0MB) Babinda, Innisfail, Johnstone, Tully (part in Cairns and Hinterland), Yarrabah
Port Douglas – Daintree (PDF, 830.4KB) Port Douglas, Daintree
Far North (PDF, 895.2KB) Cape York, Croydon – Etheridge, Tablelands

What happens with the information?

What you tell us will help us understand the region’s health service and community needs. The information will be compiled together with a systematic analysis of health data and used to develop the LANA. The outcomes of the LANA will help guide local decision making and form the basis of future CHHHS plans.

Our commitment to you

We will keep you informed about the progress of the Local Area Health Needs Assessment.  We will listen to your feedback and acknowledge concerns and aspirations for health services.  We will provide feedback on how public input influenced the final report.

Once finalised, the findings of the CHHHS Local Area Needs Assessment will be published on our website.

Thank you!

Your contributions are highly valued. For any inquiries, please contact chhhs_planning@health.qld.gov.au.

Last updated: August 2022