Planning your elective--the Torres Straits
Mark Wilson gives you some tips on organising an elective in the Torres Straits
This week's elective report gives a detailed description of life in the Torres Straits, a group of over 70 islands just north of Cape Horn, Queensland, Australia. It is not a common elective destination, principally because of difficulty in finding information and its remote location. This article aims to give some details of formal organisations on the islands.
Torres Straits has two hospitals and a number of primary healthcare facilities.
The Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Health Service District is run from Thursday Island Hospital, Douglas Street, PO Box 391, Thursday Island, Queensland 4875 (Tel: +61 7 4069 0200 (for the health service), +61 7 4069 1109 (for the hospital), Fax: +61 7 4069 1603). This is the main hospital for the region, and it has 36 beds (a 30 bed general ward which contains two high dependency and four paediatric beds). There is also an eight bed maternity unit