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McKinlay Shire Multipurpose Health Service (MPHS)
McKinlay Shire, with a population of around 800 people, lies in the heart of North Outback Queensland on the land of the Wunumara Aboriginal people. Within the Shire, Julia Creek has a population of 511 with 4.8 per cent identifying as Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The town’s main industries are farming and mining, which is mainly centred on the BHP Billiton mine at nearby Cannington. A general hospital was established in 1972 and was transformed into the McKinlay Shire Multipurpose Health Service, also known as Julia Creek Hospital. A new hospital has just been built with work completed 30 June 2019.
Julia Creek MPHS is a six-bed, Level 1 facility under the Rural and Remote Clinical Services Capability Framework comprising four aged care beds and two acute beds. The facility provides low-risk ambulatory care clinical services predominantly delivered by registered nurses and health workers. Patients requiring a higher level of care can be managed for short periods before transfer to a higher level service.
The facility is a major employer in the area with 15 full-time positions. The McKinlay Shire Multipurpose Health Service and the McKinlay Shire Council jointly fund the position of a community nurse. The facility coordinates visiting specialist services including dental, mental health, optometry, allied health, women’s health and diabetes education.
Our goal is to spread the McKinlay Shire Multipurpose Health Service umbrella to assist with primary health initiatives including health promotion and monitoring of chronic disease. In partnership with McKinlay Shire we will continue to pursue opportunities to grow our aged care inpatient and outpatient services to further support ongoing community needs.
Our goal is to also attract permanent staff who can become a part of the Julia Creek community. We have made a commitment to make education a priority for our McKinlay Shire Multipurpose Health Service staff with local and sponsored training.
The McKinlay Shire Multipurpose Health Service is fortunate to have the support of a vibrant and energetic community involving community meetings such as the Community Advisory Network and Local Management Committee ensure that we remain responsive to community needs and to Queensland Health governance.
McKinlay Shire Council
McKinlay Shire is the gateway to the Gulf of Carpentaria. The shire spans some 41,000 square kilometres and embraces the townships of Julia Creek and Nelia on the Flinders Highway, and McKinlay and Kynuna on the Matilda Highway. Julia Creek is the main town, and is located approximately 650 kilometres west of Townsville and 225 kilometres east of Mount Isa.
A rural and regional shire, McKinlay is home to a productive and innovative pastoral industry, as well as the world’s richest single mine producer of silver, lead and zinc at Cannington, and a copper mine in Eloise. The world’s largest natural aquifer, the Great Artesian Basin, underpins and supports our community and the diversity of rich grazing lands and unique animal life the shire has to offer.
McKinlay Shire has a proud history and flourishing industries and is a close family community. Looking into the future, it is set to enter a steady growth phase as more people discover this little gem of the North West.
The Council exists to serve the interests of residents within the McKinlay Shire and is often the first point of call for those with a problem or query about local government services.
The website provides a wealth of community information as well as information about McKinlay and details of town council activities.
McKinlay Shire Council Website: www.mckinlay.qld.gov.au