Warning of healthcare crisis in mining town

Doctors in the fast-growing Queensland mining town of Moranbah are warning the region’s healthcare services are a “time bomb” as explosive property prices combine with a crippling patient load and an ageing workforce.

Rental prices in the central Queensland town are over $3000 a week, driven by a thriving mining industry built on fly-in fly-out workers. The most basic houses sell for over $600,000 — far more than in Mackay or Brisbane.

Dr Reyno Nieuwoudt, practice principal of Moranbah Medical, said the practice had this year subsidised doctors

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