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Camooweal Primary Health Clinic
Camooweal is a country town of approximately 200 people situated 13 kilometres from the Northern Territory border.
Established in 1884 as a service centre for surrounding cattle properties, Camooweal marks the furthest tip of the Mount Isa City Council catchment. The Indjalandji-Dhidhanu people are recognised as the Traditional Custodians of the area. In total, 42.5 per cent of the local population identify as Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Camooweal Primary Health Clinic is a level 1 facility under the Rural and Remote Clinical Services Capability Framework. The service provides low-risk ambulatory, acute and preventative care nursing, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers, administration and operational staff.
The Camooweal Primary Health Clinic is a nurse-led facility, providing 24-hour acute and emergency on-call service with a hospital-based ambulance. The clinic incorporates the advanced nurse model and nurse practitioner model of care and focuses on chronic disease management, preventative health, health promotion and health education. The clinic offers pharmacy services, child health, immunisation, school-based wellness health checks and community home visits.
Health and wellbeing services provided to Camooweal include:
- Royal Flying Doctors Service primary health care clinic on a weekly basis with Child Health Nurse visiting fortnightly
- Specialist clinics including Indigenous Cardiac Outreach Program endocrinology, acute mental health
- North West Hospital and Health Service Mobile Women’s Health nurse provides outreach on a six-weekly basis, with consults and follow-up via telehealth in between clinics.
- Dental services are delivered by both the North West Hospital and Health Service Mobile Dental Service and Royal Flying Doctors Service dental service
- North West Remote Health delivers allied health and community support via on-site community support worker to assist with Meals on Wheels and community support packages.
Situated 191km from Mount Isa, and within the Mount Isa City Council border is the small and extremely hospitable country town of Camooweal.
Known as the gateway to the Northern Territory and Queensland, the town is home to a rich history and rural lifestyle. The Barkly Highway which joins Mount Isa to Camooweal is considered the longest main street in the world, at 188km long.
The Camooweal district is honeycombed with rare sink holes and caves, dating back to the Cambrian Period, about 500 million years ago. Those visitors experienced in serious caving will discover a whole new world beneath the Camooweal region. While in Camooweal make sure you visit the Barkly Tableland Heritage Centre, Camooweal Caves National Park and the Drovers Camp Information Centre.
Mount Isa City Council Website: www.mountisa.qld.gov.au