• Crows Nest Medical Centre

Crows Nest is a town 44 kilometres north of Toowoomba on the New England Highway. It is hilly country as it is located in the Great Dividing Range and is in close proximity to the three lakes of the Darling Downs region. The population was recorded as just over 2000 residents in the 2011 Census by Australian Bureau of Statistics. The origin of the name of the town is debated. The major industries of the Crows Nest district are beef, dairy, pork and various stone fruit farming. It is a quiet town with no traffic lights however there are still many facilities and services available in close proximity. There is a police and ambulance station in the town and a State Emergency Service and Rural Fire Brigade. There are many community groups and sporting facilities and clubs. Examples include: indoor sports centre, golf course, swimming pool and bowls club. There is an annual town show. There are many churches in Crows Nest, a popular regional art gallery and shops including an IGA supermarket, bakery, cafés, independent takeaway food stores and the Grand Old Crow Hotel.  There are also markets twice a month in the town.

The Crows Nest National Park has creek scenery, granite outcrops, a waterfall, lookout, swimming hole and vast eucalypt forest. There are walking tracks and camping facilities available. The Toowoomba region's three dams are located nearby and offer a vast range of outdoor activities. These lakes are called Perseverance, Cressbrook, and Cooby Lake. 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. Crows Nest Medical Centre is a busy and friendly regional practice with four general practitioners and two nurses. The Medical Centre welcomes registrars and medical students. The doctors also provide medical care through the Crows Nest Care Services to the local nursing home.   At the same facility, there are allied health services such as pathology, optical, physiotherapy, podiatry and psychology.

The Crows Nest emergency helipad is a helicopter landing area for rescue helicopters and medical evacuations. For more specialist services, residents can travel or be transferred to Toowoomba Hospital. 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. Crow’s Nest is less than an hour’s drive from the major regional centre of Toowoomba. There are private coach companies who travel from Toowoomba to Crow’s Nest and return.  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 aerodrome and the main flight operator is Skytrans.

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