Central and North West Queensland Medicare Local is a not-for-profit company working to improve health services across a vast stretch of Queensland, incorporating regional centres, mining communities, small towns, pastoral stations, and remote Indigenous communities. Vast distances are required to travel to provide services. Natural and environmental impacts such as floods and drought are common.
CNWQML has approximately 115 employees , with an estimated 96 employees who are providing front line, primary health care service delivery. These employees undertake high levels of travel either by car or small planes. The services delivered in the community are provided at various locations including medical practices, clinics, outdoor locations, hospitals and clients’ homes.
Central and North West Queensland Medicare Local operates under a constitution, and has the following objects to guide its operations:
The Company, being a not for profit organisation has the following objects:
a) The promotion of primary health care excellence in rural and remote communities;
b) To actively facilitate and further the education and training of employees, students, trainees and other health professionals to acquire the skills and experience necessary for providing rural health services;
c) To engage and work with communities in health care planning;
d) To engage and facilitate education programs with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to increase their capacity for self management of health care services and outcomes;
e) To collaborate with key stakeholders and educational organisations;
f) To develop the highest standards of health practices;
g) To establish service programmes designed to enhance and improve the retention and recruitment of rural and remote health professionals;
i) To commit to the values and outcomes adopted in non profit organisations within Australia.
The Company will seek to achieve its objects by:
Promoting, implementing and supporting activities for the direct relief of impoverishment in the provision of rural health services, sickness, destitution, suffering or misfortune in rural and remote communities.
Tendering for Australian Commonwealth and Australian State Government Grants to further the aims of the Company and to secure sufficient funds for the purposes of the Company.
Receiving any funds and to distribute these funds in a manner that best attains the objects of the Company.
Doing all such things as are incidental, convenient or conducive to the attainment of all or any of the objects of the Company.
Utilising the assets and income of the Company in the furtherance of its objects with no distributions directly or indirectly to the members of the Company, except as bona fide compensation for services rendered or expenses incurred as determined in clause 6 of this Constitution.
Central and North West Queensland Medicare Local exists to facilitate and connect rural and remote health services to meet local needs.
CNWQML has a place-based operational approach using a hub and spoke model with outreach services provided from each hub. The organisation’s hubs are located in Longreach (Central West hub), Mount Isa (North West hub), Normanton (Lower Gulf hub) and Townsville, with smaller and more remote sites are also located in Doomadgee, Mornington Island, Mckinlay, Bedourie and Birdsville.