• Blackbutt Medical Centre

blackbuttBlackbutt is a 1055 resident town situated in the Nanango Shire in Queensland’s South Burnett Region. It is approximately 140 km north-west of Brisbane and is one of two primary towns in the region, along with Nanango. The Scott family were the first Europeans to settle in Blackbutt in 1942 and the timber town was founded 45 years later. The region is known for its native eucalyptus trees and has since been mined for gold since the very late 1800s. Surrounding the town is a tall eucalypt forest and a hoop pine forest. Benarkin, a town of just 200 people, is situated just a few kilometres away. Other towns close by include Taromeo and Nukku.

The town is small but features convenience and food stores, a golf club, swimming pool, RSL and art gallery. The town itself is friendly with a cultural, social and sporting lifestyle. There are monthly art exhibitions, and regular country music socials, and the annual Blackbutt Christmas Carnival. The Blackbutt also has an indoor gym, football ground, tennis courts and children’s park. The town attracts tourists from all walks of life, but particularly those interested in the region’s bushwalking, camping and four wheel driving.

The South Burnett region has a higher proportion of older and Indigenous populations compared with the rest of Queensland. There is also evidence of socioeconomic disadvantage. The major causes of illness and death are coronary health disease, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), depression and lung cancer. The health determinants which drive these trends are harmful levels of alcohol consumption, smoking, obesity, poor nutrition, socioeconomic disadvantage, physical inactivity and mental health risk factors.

The closest hospital to Blackbutt is in Nanango and it has 6 acute beds with 4 beds in emergency. The Blackbutt Medical Centre has 3 to 4 full time GPs.

Public transport to Blackbutt is only by road. There are buses every day from three providers: Stonestreets, Purser’s Coaches and Greyhound Australia twice a day.

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