• goondiwindiGoondiwindi Health Service
  • Goondiwindi Medical Centre
  • Boggabilla Community Health Service
  • Toomelah Clinic

The name Goondiwindi originates from the Aboriginal word ‘Goonawinna’ which means the resting place of the birds’. The term describes the hundreds of wild birds which find solace in the water ways of the region. The town lies 4 hours drive south west of Brisbane right near the border of NSW. It has a population of 6398, is a hub for agriculture and produces cotton, grain, wool, poultry, beef, lamb and pork for both the domestic and international markets.

The town itself is very friendly with public parks, beautiful gardens and tree-lined streets. There is a Foodworks, Bi-Lo, Target Country, a cinema and numerous specialty shops. There is a local theatre which will be upgraded to a 200 seat facility in the next 2 years. The closest larger town is Toowoomba which takes about 2.5 hours by car. The area is popular for bird watching and wildflowers, but other activities include bush walking, camping, fishing, horse riding and hunting. There are a number of attractions that are worth investigating including Border Bridge and the Pioneer Cemetery.

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.

The hospital is a small service which is staffed by medical officers from the medical centre.  The hospital has reasonable links with the community through Child Health, Mental Health, School Health, Women's Health and Indigenous Health services; Health Promotion; and an Ethnic Health Liaison Officer. The specialist services include a General Surgeon, Physician Obstetrician/Gynaecologist and ENT Tele Health. The hospital is used extensively for teaching with medical, nursing and physiotherapy students attending throughout the year.

Goondiwindi can be accessed by car, bus or air. Greyhound Australia and Crisps Coaches operate daily bus services to the town. QANTAS flies into Moree which is just over an hour away by car.

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