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Charleville is situated 743km west of Brisbane along the Warrego Highway. The region was first discovered in 1847 by the explorer Edmond Kennedy. The site was initially a popular stop over point of the Cobb and Co coaches but soon grew into a small township. It wasn’t until 1868 that Charleville was named by surveyor W A Tully after his home town in Ireland. It has a population of approximately 3500 and is part of the Murweh Shire Council which is situated on the Great Artesian Basin. Charleville can reach up to 37 degrees Celsius in Summer and as low as 3 degrees in winter. The primary industries of the region are tourism and cattle farming.

Charleville has two supermarkets, a few cafes, butchers, schools and churches. Charleville has an observatory which is accessible to the general public and includes the facility to view the stars and sun and to learn more about the solar system. Other attractions of the region include Graham Andrews Parklands, Bureau of Meterology, National Parks & Wildlife Centre and the Royal Flying Doctor Visitor Centre.

The Charleville region has a higher proportion of children, males and Indigenous people compared to the state average. There is also evidence of significant socioeconomic disadvantage, and a spread-out population. Like much of Queensland, 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 town has two private medical practices which provide medical care for the region. There is also a small hospital with two permanent doctors, an emergency department, outpatients department along with a large number of allied health workers. Despite its distance from larger centre, Charleville has a number of visiting specialist services such as Gynaecologist and Obstetrician, Sonographer, Podiatrist, Dietician, Paediatrician, Dermatologist, Optometrist, Ophthalmologist and Surgeon. The town also has a Royal Flying Doctor Service base. Critical patients are sent to the larger centres of the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

Charleville can be accessed via road of rail. There are four Queensland Rail trains that pass through the town per week. Greyhound buses run between Brisbane, Toowoomba, Charleville and Mount Isa twice a day.  

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