• Cecil Plains Bush Nursing

Cecil Plains is on the banks of the Condamine River and has been described as the “friendliest town on the (Darling) Downs”. It is 84 kilometres west of the major regional centre of Toowoomba and 222 kilometres from the capital city of Queensland, Brisbane. Cecil Plains had a population of 678 in the 2011 census.  The Aboriginal people inhabited this land thousands of years before European settlement. In 1859, Cecil Plains was developed into a sheep station. In 1916, most of the area was resumed for soldier settlement. Farming, grazing and mixed cropping became successful and Cecil Plains was proclaimed as a town in 1924. Cotton growing expanded particularly in the 1960’s and is still an important industry and employment source for the townspeople today. Timber is also a large industry and there are three sawmills in Cecil Plains.

The town has many sporting and community centres. These include a community hall, library, recreational grounds, swimming pool, tennis courts, nine hole golf course, well-kept parks and reserves. A reserve adjacent to the Condamine River Bridge has boat ramp facilities, barbeques and public amenities. It is a popular location for local and visiting anglers. Historical places to visit include the Cecil Plains Homestead, Victory Hotel and the Cotton Gin. The Homestead is the original property of the town when it was established as a sheep station and now functions as a bed and breakfast which is rich in history. There is a well-stocked Cecil Plains store which has fresh produce, a newsagency, take away food, fuel and more. There is also a post office and caravan park in Cecil Plains. In terms of education, there is a school which services from prep to year 10. Most students then travel to nearby Dalby for the remainder of their schooling.

The Southern Downs has a higher proportion of children, older people and males than the state average. There is also a high proportion of socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals (29%) a culturally diverse population with evidence of poor proficiency in English. 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. There is a nurse practitioner who looks after the primary care health needs of the Cecil Plains community. Nurse practitioners have a wide scope of practice including diagnosis, management including some pharmacotherapy, procedures such as phlebotomy and suturing. Millmerran Hospital is within thirty minutes drive of Cecil Plains and is the closest hospital. For more specialist services, residents can travel or be transferred to Toowoomba Hospital, which is a two hour drive away.

The Toowoomba Hospital is a large 324 bed Queensland Health public hospital. It has all the usual medical services plus more specialities including: intensive and coronary care, surgery, dialysis services, stroke and rehabilitation service, Ear, Nose and Throat surgery and a CT scanner. There are also two private hospitals in Toowoomba. There are three school bus routes that operate in Cecil Plains.  Cecil Plains is just over an hour drive to Toowoomba. From Toowoomba there are bus coach options to major centres such as Brisbane and Rockhampton. Greyhound Australia operates interstate coach services. See the Toowoomba Regional Council website for more transport information.

Flights currently operate to Brisbane and Sydney from Toowoomba airport and the main flight operator is Skytrans.

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