26 Tarcoon Street,
Bourke NSW 2840
Visiting Hours: 8:30am – 4:45pm
(Monday to Friday, except Public Holidays)
Bourke Multipurpose Service (MPS) is a modern hospital with a wide range of services.
Bourke MPS has 35 inpatient beds, emergency department, ambulatory care, aged care residential ward, X-ray and pathology departments as well as extensive outpatient services including, dialysis unit, mental health and child and family services.
Bourke MPS is co-located with a Community Health Centre which delivers a number of services including Aboriginal Health, Primary Health Care services, Aged Care services, Diabetes Program and Community Midwifery Service.
There are a number of visiting services including a GP every fortnight, 24 hr VMO on call and VMO specialists visiting monthly ie: Ophthalmologist, Dermatologist, Psychiatrist.
Town name: Bourke
Population: 1909 (2016)
Bourke is a beautiful historic town set on the banks of the Darling River – one of Australia’s most important rivers. The Bourke Shire (local government area) has an area of 43,000 square KM and is home to 3000 people.
Bourke is considered to represent the western edge of the settled agricultural districts and the gateway to the Outback. This is reflected in a traditional east coast Australian expression “back o’ Bourke”, referring to the Outback. One of Australia’s most famous poets Henry Lawson wrote “if you know Bourke, you know Australia”
Historically, the town was a vital link for agriculture in the west and larger cities to the east. Traditionally a wool growing area, Bourke was once the biggest wool railhead in the world. The Shire’s main agricultural products now include cotton, cattle production, wild goat, wool and sheep meat. A thriving horticultural industry produces an abundance of grapes, citrus, plums, apricots and melon as well as a variety of vegetable crops. A new small livestock abattoir in the area is providing employment opportunities for the Bourke district.
Bourke Shire’s prosperity is built around the pastoral, irrigation, tourism and service industries which are strongly supported by a wide range of attractions and activities
Bourke while far away, has daily weekday flights to Sydney and in 1 hour 40mins you have arrived.
Bourke’s climate is hot semi-arid with mild amount of rainfall throughout the year. Summer top temperatures average at 34 degrees C and winter 20 degrees C.
The median age in Bourke is 35 years, slightly younger than the median age for New South Wales (38). Persons aged 0-4 years account for 9.3% of the population in Bourke, slightly higher than the rate for New South Wales (6.3%).
Bourke is a very family friendly town with a range of early childhood and education facilities. Bourke Child Care Centre, Bourke Preschool and the Bourke and District Children’s services provide care and education to pre school school children, while the range of private and government based education provides include St. Ignatius Parish Primary School, Koinonia Christian Academy, Bourke Public School (K-6) and Bourke High School (Years 7-12).
The community of Bourke is welcoming and warm, and our hospital staff are considered to be very special. Bourke locals spend their leisure time in sporting pursuits (soccer, rugby, netball, cricket, swimming and golf are available) camping in the remote bush, bushwalking, canoeing, birdwatching and fishing. There is always something to do and people to make new friends.
The Bourke shire is rich in Indigenous cultural history. Traditionally country of the Ngemba/ Ngempa people, Bourke is now home to around 24 different recognised Indigenous language groups. Many of Bourke’s Indigenous peoples are Wangkumara people from the Tibooburra region, but also include those from the Murawarri, Barkindji/ Gurnu and Yandruwandha Nations to name a few.
Bourke’s historic town centre has two supermarkets, along with a local banking facility, post office and delivery services. There is a thriving retail sector including white goods, hardware, gift shops and clothing outlets. There are also services supporting the construction industry including steel fabrication, steel yard, concreting, electricians, plumbers and builders. The tourism sector is well-supported with modern accommodation, caravan parks, cafes and restaurants including an RSL Club.
If you are considering moving to Cobar for a career with Western NSW Local Health District, please view the Candidate Information Kit.