Whether you’re a recent arrival or a long-time local, being familiar with Cairns hospitals is essential in the event of an emergency – so who’s who?

Located almost 1,700km north of Brisbane, Cairns feels like a different planet when compared to it’s southern counterparts. If you can put up with the occasional cyclone, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that living in Cairns is certainly in hot demand. Upon arrival to Far North Queensland, it’s not unusual to mistake this tropical corner of Australia for something more or less like Jurassic Park. With expansive rainforests, mountains, creeks, beaches and of course the Great Barrier Reef right on your doorstep, living in Cairns is about far more than staying within the confines of the CBD.


In saying that, the inner hub certainly does still have that feeling of a big country town. Cairns is one of the biggest tourism ports in the nation, so it’s not uncommon to see families and backpackers both strolling the palm tree lined streets and of course cooling off at the famously safe choice for a swim, the Lagoon. 

While it’s the perfect destination if you’re a lover of the ocean or great outdoors, Cairns is rapidly developing into a cosmopolitan hub that embraces the local art, dining and nightlife scenes. Although the high rise apartment blocks dominate the skyline at sunset, there’s also plenty of suburbs that hold their own when it comes to showing off their distinct personalities. 

With coastal tourist towns like Palm Cove and Port Douglas considered to be ‘just up the road’, it’s somewhat astonishing that the median price for a two bedroom apartment is still sitting at just $215,000 in the Greater Cairns region. How long this lasts is anyone’s guess though, with the region sitting firmly in the top ten fastest growing towns in Queensland with an annual population growth of 3.2%. 

As such, it should come as no surprise that the whole of Queensland is currently experiencing an interstate migration boom. The global pandemic has changed the way we work, live and play, and when compared to our southern neighbours, Queenslanders have had it relatively lax in terms of lockdowns and social distancing restrictions. Interestingly, it’s the healthcare industry that is the biggest employer in Cairns. With just under 16% of the region’s population working within this field and an annual job growth sitting at a whopping 2000%, this may help to explain the world class quality care available and their related specialities. 

An Introduction To Cairns Hospitals 

In the event that you or someone you love needs urgent medical attention in this part of Queensland, there’s a high chance that you will come across one of the Cairns hospitals that service this region. While there are both public and private hospitals that are found in the area, let’s explore the medical care that they provide and specialise in. 

Cairns Hospital –  Otherwise formally referred to as Cairns Base Hospital from 1932 until 2013, Cairns Hospital is the largest major hospital in the entire region of Far North Queensland. To cater to the growing local population and services required, in 2015, a $454.6 million dollar redevelopment was rolled out for the hospital. The works included increasing the number of operating theatres in the hospital to 11, and  the introduction of an additional 168 beds, bringing the new total of beds up to 531. 

Cairns Private Hospital – Originally founded as the Cavalry Hospital in 1951, Cairns Private Hospital is now a modern, well-equipped facility which offers a comprehensive range of medical and allied services. Along with three other Ramsay Health Care Australia hospitals, Cairns Private Hospital was listed in the top 2,000 facilities across the globe and in the top 45 facilities in Australia. The hospital has a capacity of 150 beds, and is conveniently located close to the Esplanade near Cairns Hospital. 

The Cairns Clinic  – The Cairns Clinic is owned and operated by Ramsay Health Care, one of Australia’s largest and most reputable private hospital operators. The staff and management of The Cairns Clinic are proud of our commitment to quality care. This commitment has been recognised through our accreditation by the International Standards of Organisation (ISO) and by the Commonwealth Government’s National Mental Health Standards 2010. The Cairns Clinic is the first mental health facility in Australia to achieve this status.

Gordonvale Memorial Hospital – Located thirty minutes south of Cairns City, Gordonvale Memorial Hospital is a much smaller facility, with a primary focus on patient centred palliative care. Along with providing refers to Cairns Hospital when required, other services available for patients at Gordonvale include respite care, maternal and child health services, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, dietician services, the in house needle program, and treatment for a wide range of minor injuries, ailments and non life threatening conditions. 

Needless to say, if you find yourself in the event where you need access to state of the art healthcare in Cairns, you’re in good hands – but what if you want to be one of the ones administering that care?

Pursuing A Medical Career In Cairns

If you’re on the hunt for GP or doctor roles in the Sunshine State, there’s a chance that you’ll either want to work a little, a lot – or somewhere in between. Cairns  based doctor jobs with House Call Doctor offer flexibility, with shifts that fit around your current workload, personal commitments, or even just lifestyle preferences. 

Whether you’re looking to travel, increase your earning potential, gain experience, or even just have a desire for greater job satisfaction, moving to Cairns paired with a career with House Call Doctor could be the answer that you’ve been looking for. 

Are you – 

  • An Australian or Internationally Trained Medical Graduate 
  • Have full registration with the Medical Board of Australia
  • Have two years post graduate experience, including experience in paediatrics, accident and emergency, general medicine and surgery  

If you can answer yes to all of the above, then why not consider registering your interest for doctor jobs with House Call Doctor today, and be a part of the medical revolution.