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Torres Strait Primary Health Care Centres

Torres Strait Primary Health Care Centres

Project Data

LOCATION
Poruma (Coconut) Island, Masig (Yorke) Island, Dauan Island and Ugar (Stephens) Island, Torres Straits, QLD

PROJECT TYPE
Health, Remote

SCOPE OF WORKS
Demolition, Renovation, New Build

CONTRACT
Construct Only

Client
Queensland Health – TCHHS

VALUE
$14.8 Million

OVERVIEW

The Torres Strait Primary Health Care Facilities project encompassed the enhancement and establishment of crucial healthcare infrastructure across multiple islands in the Torres Straits.
Specifically, the project involved upgrades to existing facilities on Poruma (Coconut) Island, Masig (Yorke) Island, and Ugar (Stephens) Island through partial demolition, extensions, and renovations to modernize them.
Additionally, the project included the construction of a new 2-storey Primary Health Care Centre (PHCC) on Dauan Island, featuring a nurses’ residence above the medical facility.
All the facilities included new reception, consult rooms, data, electrical and mechanical services as well as new staff accommodation.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Difficulties: Similar to all jobs we have undertaken in the Torres Straits, the remote locations of the facilities posed logistical challenges in terms of transportation, accommodation, and community engagement. Coordinating the partial demolition and renovation works while ensuring minimal disruption to ongoing healthcare services required careful planning and providing temporary facilities for staff to operate from. Moreover, the construction of the new PHCC on Ugar Island presented unique challenges in terms of material planning, workforce management, and site logistics due to the barging service only operating monthly and the island only accessible by helicopter.
  • Outcomes: Despite the formidable challenges, the Torres Strait Primary Health Care Facilities project successfully delivered upgraded and new healthcare infrastructure to serve the diverse needs of the communities across the Torres Straits. The modernization efforts brought the existing facilities up to contemporary standards, enhancing accessibility and quality of care for residents. The completion of the new PHCC on Dauan Island provided a cutting-edge healthcare facility while also addressing accommodation needs for medical staff. Ultimately, the project achieved its objectives, leaving behind a legacy of improved healthcare services and strengthened community relationships.

Project Data

LOCATION
Poruma (Coconut) Island, Masig (Yorke) Island, Dauan Island and Ugar (Stephens) Island, Torres Straits, QLD

PROJECT TYPE
Health, Remote

SCOPE OF WORKS
Demolition, Renovation, New Build

CONTRACT
Construct Only

Client
Queensland Health – TCHHS

VALUE
$14.8 Million

OVERVIEW

The Torres Strait Primary Health Care Facilities project encompassed the enhancement and establishment of crucial healthcare infrastructure across multiple islands in the Torres Straits.
Specifically, the project involved upgrades to existing facilities on Poruma (Coconut) Island, Masig (Yorke) Island, and Ugar (Stephens) Island through partial demolition, extensions, and renovations to modernize them.
Additionally, the project included the construction of a new 2-storey Primary Health Care Centre (PHCC) on Dauan Island, featuring a nurses’ residence above the medical facility.
All the facilities included new reception, consult rooms, data, electrical and mechanical services as well as new staff accommodation.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Difficulties: Similar to all jobs we have undertaken in the Torres Straits, the remote locations of the facilities posed logistical challenges in terms of transportation, accommodation, and community engagement. Coordinating the partial demolition and renovation works while ensuring minimal disruption to ongoing healthcare services required careful planning and providing temporary facilities for staff to operate from. Moreover, the construction of the new PHCC on Ugar Island presented unique challenges in terms of material planning, workforce management, and site logistics due to the barging service only operating monthly and the island only accessible by helicopter.
  • Outcomes: Despite the formidable challenges, the Torres Strait Primary Health Care Facilities project successfully delivered upgraded and new healthcare infrastructure to serve the diverse needs of the communities across the Torres Straits. The modernization efforts brought the existing facilities up to contemporary standards, enhancing accessibility and quality of care for residents. The completion of the new PHCC on Dauan Island provided a cutting-edge healthcare facility while also addressing accommodation needs for medical staff. Ultimately, the project achieved its objectives, leaving behind a legacy of improved healthcare services and strengthened community relationships.
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