The Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service was one of 17 Hospital and Health Services established on 1 July 2012 under the Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011.
Under a Service Level Agreement with the Director-General of Queensland Health, the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service is responsible for the delivery of public health services through hospitals and other facilities in Cairns and its hinterland, an area of about 142,900 square kilometres stretching from Tully in the south to the Daintree in the north and west to Croydon.
Particular statutory functions include:
(a) to ensure the operations of the Service are carried out efficiently, effectively and economically;
(b) to enter into a service agreement with the chief executive;
(c) to comply with the health service directives that apply to the Service;
(d) to contribute to, and implement, Statewide service plans that apply to the Service and undertake further service planning that aligns with the Statewide plans;
(e) to monitor and improve the quality of health services delivered by the Service, including, for example, by implementing national clinical standards for the Service;
(f) to develop local clinical governance arrangements for the Service;
(g) to undertake minor capital works, and major capital works approved by the chief executive, in the health service area;
(h) to maintain land, buildings and other assets owned by the Service;
(ha) for a prescribed Service, to employ staff under this Act;
(i) to cooperate with other providers of health services, including other Services, the department and providers of primary healthcare, in planning for, and delivering, health services;
(j) to cooperate with local primary healthcare organisations;
(k) to arrange for the provision of health services to public patients in private health facilities;
(l) to manage the performance of the Service against the performance measures stated in the service agreement;
(m) to provide performance data and other data to the chief executive;
(n) to consult with health professionals working in the Service, health consumers and members of the community about the provision of health services;
(o) other functions approved by the Minister;
(p) other functions necessary or incidental to the above functions.
The Service is managed by a Hospital and Health Board appointed by the Governor in Council, by gazette notice, on the recommendation of the Minister.