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
Cocos has a Health Service with a clinic on both Home and West Islands
Open hours are Monday to Friday, from 8.00am until 4.00pm.
There is a GP service at the clinics on Home island Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and on West island on a Wednesday only.
There are nurse led clinics on both islands (supported by liaison with local GP as needed).
* Appointments are required to see the GP or a Nurse
There is a nurse on call after hours on each island for emergencies contactable
by phone (0861025224 West Island and 0861028655 for Home island) or
radio channel 24 (radio attached to clinic for emergency use).
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.