- Pittsworth Hospital Medical Centre
Pittsworth is a town that has maintains its country feel whilst still being home to modern facilities. It is located 40 kilometres south west of Toowoomba. It is in the Darling Downs region and the town is surrounded by rich farming land. The town is known for its flowering and tree-lined streets including Jacarandas and Silky Oaks. In 2011, the population of Pittsworth was recorded as just under 3000 residents. The indigenous tribes of the Jagera, Giabal and Jarowair people inhabited the Darling Downs for at least 40,000 years before European settlement. It is reported that Aboriginal people of this area used a hunting technique of burning grassland to attract animals to the new sprouts of green grass. 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. Pittsworth was settled by Europeans and the town, formerly known as Beauaraba, began with a solitary hotel.
In the 1880s farms were set up and a railway line from Toowoomba was opened in 1887. The name of the town was formally changed to Pittsworth in 1915. The Pittsworth Dairy Company was established in 1896 and was the largest cheese producer in Queensland until the mid-twentieth century. Pittsworth is well equipped with modern facilities and there are many community and sporting groups to get involved in. The town has a low crime rate. School facilities include a State Primary School, St Stephens Catholic School and the State High School. There is an extensive market once a month selling various fresh produce and many other items. Attractions of the town include an art gallery and extensive Pioneer Historical Village. Pittsworth is host to many popular events including Broxburn Bash (musical festival), Pittsworth Sprints (running time trials), Pittsworth Camel Races and the Craft and Fine Food Spectacular. 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 health services in Pittsworth are provided by Platinum Health Group, which is Toowoomba's largest general practitioner group of medical practices. They operate from Pittsworth Hospital Medical Centre and are open during business hours. The general practice can manage many areas of medicine including chronic disease management, acute care, travel medicine, women’s health skin cancer checks. 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. Pittsworth is approximately forty minutes’ drive to the major regional centre of Toowoomba. There are private coach companies who travel from Toowoomba to Pittsworth and return. From Toowoomba there are bus coach options to major centres such as Brisbane and Rockhampton. Greyhound Australia operates interstate coach services. There is a single track railway access to Pittsworth via the South Western System of Queensland Rail.The train travels south from Toowoomba or north from Warwick and passes through Pittsworth, Brookstead and terminates and returns from Millmerran Station. 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.
- Toowoomba Regional Council - http://www.toowoombarc.qld.gov.au/our-region/tourism/towns/5368-pittsworth?highlight=WyJwaXR0c3dvcnRoIl0=
- Queensland Rail - http://www.queenslandrail.com.au/
- Pittsworth Live - http://pittsworth.org.au/live/
- Platinum Health Group - http://platinumhg.com.au/
- Health Determinants Queensland 2004 – Southern Downs Health Service District - http://www.health.qld.gov.au/hdq/documents/22418_6_sz_sou.pdf
- Southern Queensland Country - http://www.southernqueenslandcountry.com.au/destinations/pittsworth/
- Queensland Places - http://www.queenslandplaces.com.au/pittsworth
- Toowoomba Regional Council - http://www.toowoombarc.qld.gov.au/facilities-and-recreation/libraries/local-history-library/7870-indigenous-history