• Allora Medical Centre

Allora is a small town of just under 900 residents that is on the route between Warwick and Toowoomba. It sits on the Dalrymple Creek and is part of the Goomburra pastoral run. The Dalrymple Creek became a regular stopping place in the early to mid 1800s, and thus the town grew out of a blacksmith shop that serviced the stop. The name for the town comes from an Aboriginal word meaning ‘swampy place’.

Allora has been described as having ‘one of the three best streetscapes in Australia’. The town itself is self-sufficient with three pubs, a local shopping centre, schools, a recreation reserve, a showground and a golf course. While the railway line closed in 1993 for passenger trains, a beautifully restored steam train runs regularly from Warwick to the surrounding regions and information regarding this attraction can be found on the Southern Downs Steam Railway website. A quirky bit of trivia is that Allora was the childhood home of author P. L. Travers, who wrote the Mary Poppins stories.

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.

Health services for this region are supplied by Warwick which is less than 30 minutes south. There is also a medical practice within the town.

Crisp’s Coaches is the primary mode of public transport in an out of Allora. There are between 1 to 3 services each day.

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