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McKinlay Primary Health Clinic
McKinlay is a town in remote north-west Queensland, located on the Landsborough Highway. At the 2016 census, McKinlay and the surrounding pastoral area had a population of 178. In total, four per cent of the local population identify as Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
McKinlay is a cattle and sheep grazing area established in 1888 as a staging post for the Cobb and Co. coaches and a gathering point for the graziers from surrounding properties. Today, it is known for the Walkabout Creek Hotel, featured in the movie Crocodile Dundee. BHP Cannington Mine, Australia’s largest silver and lead mine is 85 km west of McKinlay.
Providing suitable nursing and health care in McKinlay dates back to 1924. From that time, residents have played a role in establishing and maintaining bush nursing centres and financially supporting their presence by donations and fundraising by way of dances, raffle tickets, markets and gymkhanas. The first Bush Nursing Association building in McKinlay opened in 1927.
McKinlay 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 provided by nursing and operational staff.
The McKinlay Primary Health Clinic provides a nurse-led 24-hour acute and emergency on-call service. The clinic focuses on chronic disease management, preventative health, health promotion and health education. The clinic also offers pharmacy services, immunisation, dressings, station and home visits, outreach to Kynuna and visiting North and West Remote Health allied health services. The Commonwealth Home Support Program is supported by the clinic.
Common episodes of care include aged care support, influenza, hypertension and trauma care.
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