The Cairns and Hinterland region encompasses coastal regions bordering the Coral Sea, from Cairns to Tully in the south and to Cow Bay in the north, and out west to Croydon.

Cairns is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Australia and the region is renowned for its two World Heritage natural environments – the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and the Wet Tropics ancient rainforests.

Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service is responsible for providing hospital services to the approximately 253,000 people across the region.

The region is also home to the James Cook University Cairns campus. Over 4,000 students study at JCU Cairns, including about 380 international students. The Cairns campus is also home to the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine’s Tropical Health Research and Training facility. The facility houses state-of-the-art laboratory and research facilities and focuses on bio-discovery and the therapeutic potential of tropical flora and fauna.

TAAHC Member the Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN) is also headquartered in Cairns. The NQPHN is a not-for-profit organization funded by the Australian Government to commission services to meet the health needs and priorities of the northern Queensland region from the Torres Strait to Mackay regions.