About This Project


The Thursday Island Community Wellness Centre adjoins the existing Thursday Island District Hospital and provides an integrated health facility which aims to address the epidemic growth of chronic diseases in the Torres Strait Islands.


The building was designed to be clearly identifiable and accessible to the community by embracing their lifestyle and cultural sensitivities. The architectural language incorporates simple domestic forms that create a more familiar and approachable facility for the users. Landscaping and covered outdoor areas have been designed to provide informal waiting spaces for different family groups. The colour palette reflects the turquoise waters and islands sands of the Torres Strait which are integral to the Indigenous way of life.


Artworks by two local Indigenous artists were commissioned to be incorporated into the internal waiting area and landscaping. Both artworks feature sea creatures that reflect the healing and traditional food sources of the Indigenous community and play an important role in traditional ceremonies.


The technical resolution of the building needed to ensure that the material selection and detailing was suitable for the remote location, marine environment, and labour availability.


Alanna Coburn completed the design, documentation and construction phase services for this project while working at dwp|suters.



project value


Queensland Health

Thursday Island, Qld.

approx $30 million


Community, Health