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

With an average of 300 days of sunshine per year, it’s no wonder that the Townsville lifestyle is all about the great outdoors. While being home to one of Australia’s key military bases and being a hub for FIFO mining workers, the population of the city is the perfect mix of young professionals, families and retirees chasing warmer weather. 


Situated almost directly in between the northern hubs of Mackay and Cairns, in recent years Townsville has truly begun to shake off the unfair ‘bogan’ stereotype. Popular attractions include the famously long stretch of beach known as ‘The Strand’, nearby Magnetic Island, the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium dubbed ‘Reef HQ’, and Castle Hill, which was originally known as Cootharinga and is now a popular place for hikes in the region. 

Let’s not forget about what is arguably the primary drawcard for many – the Great Barrier Reef. One of the best ways to see the Great Barrier Reef from Townsville is via snorkelling, so that you can make the most of its 3,000 individual reefs, and 900 continental islands and keys. For others, it’s investing in a boat to partake in one of the other common hobbies embraced in North Queensland – fishing. Of course, this can also take you inland too, to explore one of the many estuaries, creeks or rivers found in the surrounding national parks.

It’s no secret that Queensland is 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. Contrary to popular belief, it’s actually Townsville – and not Cairns – that is the largest city in North Queensland. In fact, it’s actually Queensland’s fourth largest metropolitan region behind Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast.

Interestingly, the healthcare industry is Townsville’s fourth largest employer. With over 9% of the region’s population working within this field, this may help to explain the world class quality care available and their related specialities. 

An Introduction To Townsville 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 Townsville hospitals that service this region. While there are a number of public and private hospitals that service the Greater Townsville area, let’s explore the medical care that they provide and specialise in.

Townsville University Hospital – As the only tertiary referral centre in North Queensland, TUH treats patients from as far north as Cape York Peninsula and the Torres Strait Islands, and west to Mount Isa and the Gulf of Carpentaria. It is also the major teaching hospital for James Cook University’s schools of medicine, nursing and allied health and TAFE North Queensland. TUH also operates many Health Campuses around Townsville in suburbs and locations including Kirwan, North Ward, Cambridge Street and Palmerston Street, with each venue providing a wide range of specialised community healthcare services. 

Mater Hospital Pimlico – The Mater Private Hospital, formerly known as the Mater Misericordiae Hospital – and more commonly known as ‘The Mater’ – is the largest private hospital in Townsville. In conjunction with the many other Mater hospitals operating in Queensland, this venue provides a wide range of emergency and surgical healthcare. At its day surgery outlet in nearby Hyde Park, the Mater Hospital also provides community members with separate access to maternity, women’s health and renal care, along with day surgery facilities as a means to ensure that both venues operate at their best. 

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

Pursuing A Medical Career In Townsville

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. Townsville 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 Townsville 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.