Dunwich is located on the western coast of North Stradbroke Island. Stradbroke Island was one of the first points of European contact with Queensland and was visited by Matthew Flinders in 1803. At this stage, it was inhabited by the Noonucal and Gorenpul Aboriginal People. The area was more fully explored 20 years later when the Moreton Bay region was investigated as a potential site for convict settlement in 1823. Stradbroke Island was established as a convict settlement called Benevolent Asylum. Dunwich is the site where a stone causeway was built in for boats to transport people and cargo to the island. The township had schools and churches to meet the needs of the workers at the Asylum and their families. In the 1940s, the Asylum closed and many buildings were removed from the area. A revival of the town occurred in the 1950s with the establishment of sand mining companies. Stradbroke Island is a popular place for holiday-goers and day-trippers. It is perfect for surfing, swimming, diving, star gazing, whale watching, bush walking and any number of other outdoor activities. An important thing to do while on Stradbroke Island is to enjoy the history of the island by visiting the Historical Museum. Major shopping and entertainment options are available in Brisbane.

The Metro South Health District has a population that has a large proportion of people aged between 20 and 30 years. Two percent of the population identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander who have a 13 year difference in health-adjusted life expectancy. Nearly a quarter of the population of this region were born overseas with the dominant number coming from New Zealand and United Kingdom. The primary cause of death in this region is ischaemic heart disease, cerebrovascular disease and cancer, however, the major reason for presentation to hospital was for renal dialysis, chemotherapy, colonoscopy and mental health treatment. The island has limited medical services. Over the water is Redland Hospital which is a 148-bed facility which has cardiology, gynaecology, orthopaedic and paediatric services along with general surgery. Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Hospital and the Princess Alexandra Hospital are the closest major public hospitals. Both hospitals are large tertiary facilities which offer a full complement of surgical and medical specialist services.

Stradbroke Island is accessed via either a 20 minute passenger ferry or a 45 minute vehicle ferry ride that leaves hourly from Cleveland.  Public transport can be caught from Cleveland to access the rest of Brisbane.

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