5th Australian Camp Hospital

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Administration building at Jungara
Name 5th Australian Camp Hospital
Where formed Ipswich, Queensland
Date formed February 1942
Capacity 210 beds
Locations Ipswich, Redbank, Rocky Creek, Jungera (Cairns), Port Moresby.

General Information

Originally known as the Ipswich Camp Hospital, it was moved to Redbank in Brisbane and then in October 1942 to Rocky Creek on the Atherton tablelands. There it replaced the 2/2nd General Hospital. In January 1943 it relocated to Jungara, near Cairns where it grew to 310 beds, including a women's wing, and a malarial research facility.

In May 1944 with fewer casualties arriving from New Guinea it relocated to Charters Towers, downsized to 90 beds. In March 1945 it had grown again to 210 beds before moving to Port Moresby in July 1945 where it spent the rest of the war.