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Karumba Primary Health Care Clinic
Karumba (outback by the sea) is a fishing village with a small but very cosmopolitan population of approximately 550 people. Each year 100,000 tourists and semi-permanent residents visit Karumba during the winter months from April until October.
During this time the population may be 2000 to 3000 people at any one time. Tourism is the focus of several businesses in Karumba including caravan parks, holiday units, fishing and aircraft charter. Karumba's main industry has been based on fishing and its associated support industries such as engineering, marine motors, refrigeration and cold storage.
A prawning fleet operates out of the port, barramundi fishing is a big industry and mud crabs are harvested as well.
Karumba is surrounded by cattle country and live cattle are exported from Karumba destined for international markets. In 1999, Century Zinc commenced operations in Karumba as a drying and export lead/zinc.
Karumba Health clinic provides a Primary Health Care Service. The Clinic is a level one nurse led facility, offering a range of primary health care, emergency stabilisation, pathology collection, with a Medical Officer performing a GP clinic 12 hours per week.
The clinic provides the coordination of other visiting specialist services and the centre is staffed by a Director of Nursing and a Registered Nurse.
The public have access to a full range of services including:
- Provide emergency stabilisation of patients prior to evacuation.
- Provide primary health care in accordance with the health protocols of the QH Primary Clinical Care Manual.
- Management of chronic disease including primary prevention, early detection, newly identified conditions and manage conditions as per QH Chronic Disease Guidelines.
Visiting services include:
- Mobile Women's Health Nurse;
- Chest Physician;
- Mental Health Services.
Carpentaria Shire Council
Welcome to Carpentaria Shire – where the Outback meets the Sea. Carpentaria Shire is located on the Savannah Way in North Western Queensland in the southeastern region of the Gulf of Carpentaria. The region is uniquely placed to offer residents and visitors opportunities and experiences in lifestyle, holidays, employment and investment opportunities. Carpentaria Shire has a friendly, laid-back lifestyle and is a place where children still ride their bikes down to the river to go fishing after school without parents having to worry as they would in the larger towns and cities.
Carpentaria Shire is the traditional country of the Gkuthaarn, Kukatj and Kurtijar people. The Shire covers an area of approximately 65,000 square kilometres and has a population of approximately 2,200 with the countryside ranging from vast inland plains to mangrove forests, deltas and saltpans along the coastal areas of the Gulf.
Carpentaria Shire has a diverse industry base with agriculture, fishing and tourism and government administration providing the majority of the Shire's income. Normanton is the region's government and administrative centre with much of the Shire's commercial activity coming through Karumba which has an active port based on the export of live cattle to Asia and a substantial fishing industry which targets prawns, barramundi, Spanish Mackerel, salmon and mud crabs. (Gulf Savannah Development) The region offers good infrastructure and facilities with sealed access roads, serviced airports, developed freight routes, primary and secondary schools, medical services, recreational and sporting facilities and the standard infrastructure to be expected in a modern community.
Carpentaria Shire Council's Vision is "Experience Carpentaria Shire - a great place to live, work, invest and relax". Whether you want to visit Carpentaria Shire, have a specific question about Council's services, or you are thinking about a permanent move we welcome your enquiry and look forward to being of service to you.
Carpentaria Shire Council Website: www.carpentaria.qld.gov.au