• Inglewood Medical Centre
  • Inglewood Hospital

Inglewood is approximately 150 kilometres southwest from Toowoomba and is located in the Darling Downs region. The population was close to 1070 residents in 2011. The region mostly consists of family-owned properties and some corporate holdings for livestock, mixed cropping and grapes, olives, fruit trees and lavender. The indigenous tribes of the Jagera, Giabal and Jarowair people inhabited the Darling Downs for at least 40,000 years before European settlement. European settlement had devastating effects on the Aboriginal people of this region due to the introduction of new diseases, mass social disruption, war and forced relocation. The centre for water activities is Lake Coolmunda situated 12 kilometres east of Inglewood. Activities include fishing, boating and picnicking. There is also the freshwater McIntyre Brook.

There are many farms to visit such as the award-winning lavender farm and olive groves. There are relaxing tourist drives in the region. A local history museum is situated in town. Community groups and sporting clubs and facilities include: a junior arts group, Lions, Queensland Country Women’s Association, 25 metre swimming pool, golf or tennis courts. There are two schools; a public school that services from prep to Year 12 and a private school that teaches up to Year 7. Warwick is a nearby larger regional centre with further facilities and services which can be reached by car in one hour from Inglewood. National parks are within close proximity of Inglewood and have tracks for outdoor walks and camping facilities. 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 an accredited General Practice which is open business hours, Saturday mornings and the doctors offer house calls at any time. They also have nursing and administration staff. Inglewood hospital provides some health services to the local community. These include: medical, emergency, outpatient, palliative care, antenatal and postnatal care and some radiography services. There are also aged cared services, health education programs and outreach clinics by allied health staff. 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. Queensland Rail has a train service to Inglewood. It is known as the South Western System and it travels between Warwick, Goondiwindi, Toowoomba, Thallon and smaller centres such as Inglewood.

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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