- Maranoa Medical Centre
- Roma Hospital
- CWAATSICH – Roma
- Wallumbilla Hospital Clinic
Roma has a population of nearly 7 000 and situated 431 kilometres from Brisbane. It is located at the junction of the Warrego Highway and the Great Inland Way which makes it a primary service area for the region. Along with Injune, Mitchell, Surate, Yuleba and Wallumbilla, Roma is a part of the Maranoa Shire. The traditional owners of the land are the Mandandanji Aboriginal people but it was established as a township after it was discovered by Sir Thomas Mitchell in 1846. Agriculture and mining are the primary industries of the region with cattle and oil being the focus for each. Roma also has a flourishing timber industry.
The town itself is very historic, with many of its original buildings having been renovated and preserved. There is a movie theatre, a shopping centre, library, art gallery, olympic-sized swimming pool, gym, active sporting clubs, schools and the biggest cattle sale yards in the southern hemisphere. The Food and Fire Festival and the Big Rig’s spectacular night show are events hosted in the region and are not to be missed.
The Roma region has a higher proportion of children, males and Indigenous people compared to the state average. There is also a low density population in a large geographical area. Like much of Queensland, 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 are provided by the Roma Hospital, which is well-resourced for a small hospital. The following specialist services are provided: Flying Surgeon, Flying Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Physician, Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Psychiatry, Paediatrician, Oncologist, Neurologist, Dietician, and Cardiology. The major site for referral is the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. Roma has very active community based strategies in place, with Indigenous Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs, Child and Family Health, Child and Youth and Adult Mental Health, Child Safety, Early Intervention Specialist service for children, Community Health Nursing, Health Promotion, Mental Health Promotion, Women's Health, Community Nutrition, Palliative Care, Health Lifestyle Coordination, Continence Promotion, School-based Youth Health Service, and Sexual Assault Service.
Roma can be accessed by road, rail or air. Greyhound Coaches provides service from Brisbane, Charleville, Longreach, and Toowoomba. The Westlander Line has a train from Brisbane through Queensland Rail. Roma is just a short 1.5 hour flights from Brisbane with QantasLink.
- When in Roma - http://wheninroma.com.au/contact/
- Visit Maranoa - http://www.visitmaranoa.com.au/
- Queensland Rail - http://www.queenslandrail.com.au/
- Greyhound Australia - http://www.greyhound.com.au/
- QANTAS - http://www.qantas.com.au/
- Roma Demographics - http://localstats.qpzm.com.au/stats/qld/western/south-western/roma
- Health Determinants Queensland 2004 – Roma Health Service District - http://www.health.qld.gov.au/hdq/documents/22418_6_sz_roma.pdf