The TAAHC Members provide health services and tertiary education for the approximately 700,000 people of northern Queensland, from Mackay to the Torres Strait Islands, with the northern most island within sight of the mainland Papua New Guinea. The total area is over 950,000 km2 – slightly less than the combined area of Victoria and New South Wales. The Tropic of Capricorn intersects its southern boundary, so the region lies almost entirely within the tropics.
The region’s people represent 50% of Queensland’s outer regional, remote and very remote populations. They include about 40% of the state’s 180,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The closest major metropolitan centre is Brisbane, which is 1,700 km south of Cairns, 1,300 km from Townsville and 954 km from Mackay.
The demographics, dispersed population, lack of major metropolitan centres and tropical location of TAAHC drive a distinctive regional orientation in health service delivery, research focus, research training and health professional education.
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TAAHC Service Regions
TAAHC partners provide health services and tertiary education for over 700,000 people in northern Queensland, from Mackay to the Torres Strait Islands.