The Townsville region covers an area from Cardwell in the north, Richmond in the west and Ayr and Home Hill in the south. Lying in the Burdekin Dry Tropics Region, Townsville is the largest urban centre outside of south-east Queensland and is a major centre for government, community organisations and businesses for the north Queensland region.

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Townsville is home to northern Queensland’s only tertiary hospital, the Townsville Hospital, operated by TAAHC Member the Townsville Hospital and Health Service.

Townsville is also home to the largest campus of James Cook University (JCU). Adjacent to the Townsville Hospital, around 11,500 students study at JCU Townsville, including over 1,500 international students.

The campus is also home to the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine. The AITHM Townsville infectious disease research facility incorporates PC2 and PC3 laboratories and the Translational Research Facility, which provides consulting space for patients participating in clinical research.

TAAHC Member the Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN) also maintains an office in Townsville. 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.