The Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service (CHHHS) is responsible for the delivery of Health Services in a geographical area of 141,000 square kilometres ranging from Cairns to Tully in the south, Cow Bay in the north and Croydon in the west. The HHS outer western region encompasses extremely remote communities.
The CHHHS supports a population of 283,197 which is forecast to grow by 9% by 2026, with the highest level of growth occurring within the in the 65 and over age group. Tourism is a key industry and contributes to a relatively high transient population. It is estimated that 9% of the population are Indigenous Australian, compared to 3.5% for Queensland as a whole.
The CHHHS delivers health services across the continuum of care and also provides services to the Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service. Some higher level acute services are provided outside the CHHHS area in Townsville or Brisbane.