Northern Australia health service delivery situational analysis

Strategic policy development
Reference number
CRCNA funding
Total project value
Project length
8 months
Finish date
Project Manager
Sally Leigo


  • James Cook University,
  • Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service, on behalf of the Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre
  • Northern Territory of Australia – Top End Health Service
  • The Rural Clinical School of Western Australia, University of Western Australia


This project will identify key challenges and opportunities facing the northern Australian health service delivery sector and explore potential developmental scenarios and/or identify the most strategic research projects and development priorities for further investment.

This will include but not be limited to infrastructure, clinical issues, policy, new models of care, investment, knowledge, training and human capital gaps and the research or alternative solutions to address them.

A consortium of health service delivery providers across northern Australia will bring substantial applied research experience in northern Australia including in health services, indigenous health and tropical health. Their membership in the consortium will strengthen the quality and relevance of the synthesis and analysis, ensuring ownership of the analysis outputs by the health sector and providing a strong foundation for the growth and development of the northern Australia health service delivery sector.

Call for comment on emerging findings

A draft report of interim findings can be viewed here.

Stakeholder consultations - for more information please contact the project team via email

Date  Location  Time 
Fri 25 Oct Mount Isa - NWHHS 10.30 am - 12.30pm
Mon 28 Oct  Mount Isa - CRRH  10.00am - 12.00pm
Thur 31 Oct Townsville Hospital 12.00pm - 2.00pm
Wed 6 Nov Mackay Hospital 10.00am - 12.00pm 
Fri 8 Nov Weipa Hospital TBC
Mon 11 Nov Nhulunbuy  TBC
Tues 12 Nov  Alice Springs TBC
Wed 13 Nov Thursday Island TBC
Wed 13 Nov Darwin  TBC
Thur 14 Nov Katherine  TBC
Fri 15 Nov Tennant Creek 10.30am -12.30pm
Tues 19 Nov Cairns  10.00am - 12.00pm
Mon 25 Nov Kununurra TBC
Tues 26 Nov Broome TBC
Wed 27 Nov  Port Hedland TBC
Thur 28 Nov Karratha TBC
Tues 3 Dec Longreach TBC


Expected outcomes

  • A comprehensive report which will guide a systematic and collaborative approach to prioritising, delivering, monitoring and evaluating research conducted by the CRCNA and other key parties with an interest in the future of the northern Australian health service delivery sector.