The Queensland Department of Health has secured $5.5 million in funding for a communications infrastructure project linking about 17 islands around North Queensland and the Torres Strait.
The Island Watch project is designed to provide data, Internet, video-conferencing and telecommunications services to health-care providers and residents in the region.
Principle author of the project Brett Grosser, Queensland Health information services manager in Cairns, said a tender for the procurement of ITC (information technology and communications) equipment and associated services is expected to go out in mid-February.
Grosser said a lot of the service and support of the project will be handled in-house, in conjunction with another project Gulf Connect. This project, which is funded to the tune of $667,500, is designed to promote careers in IT&T among local residents through traineeships and other programs.
Funding for the two projects has been approved under the five-year $500 million Networking The Nation program announced in 1999.