The Indian Ocean Territories Health Service (IOTHS) provides health services to the communities of Christmas and Coco’s (Keeling) Islands. The Commonwealth of Australia through the Christmas Island Administration, owns operates and funds the IOTHS. The IOTHS is a stand-alone health service with informal links to WA Health through a loose Service Delivery agreement, which is advisory in nature.
The IOTHS is responsible for the efficient and effective delivery of hospital, outpatient and community based health and dental services in the Indian Ocean Territories. The IOTHS is comprised of the Christmas Island Health Service, which includes the hospital, and the Coco’s (Keeling) Island Health Service, which is comprised of health centers on both West and Home Islands.
The Clinic on Home Island is situated on Jalan Masjid and the Clinic on West Island is on Sydney Highway, opposite the Bungalows.
Services available include General Practitioner, Community Nursing, Community Health Programs, Emergency Service, Pathology Service and visiting Specialists and Allied Health Practitioners; including
- Paediatrician & child health nurse
- Optometrist, ophthalmologist and optician
- Physio and occupational health
- Speech Pathologist
- Dentist & dental therapist
- Gynaecologist & Woman’s health
Hours of Operation
Clinics are both open from Monday to Friday. Home Island Clinic from 7.30am until 3.30pm, and West Island Clinic from 8.00am until 4.00pm.
There is a GP Service on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday on Home Island and on Wednesday on West Island. An appointment is required as the hours that the Doctor is available can vary depending on the needs of each Island.
There is a Community Nursing Service/Emergency Nursing Service available on West Island from Monday to Friday 8.00am until 4.00pm, and Home Island from 7.30am until 3.30pm. Nurses liaise with the GP as appropriate for advice regarding treatment.
There is a 24 hour Emergency Service available 7 days per week on both Islands.
To find out which nurse is on call please phone:
A recorded message will tell you which Nurse is on call and how to contact him/her by mobile phone or on their home phone number.
Alternatively, there is a notice on the front door of each clinic explaining how to contact the after hours nurse.
The Nurses carry a Marine Radio after Hours. If you are unable to contact the Nurse by Phone you may use any marine radio on Channel 24.
There is a radio available at the front entrance of each Health Centre and Instructions on how to use it are there.