A beautiful city in the New England high country, Armidale is a cosmopolitan university city with an active arts and cultural community.
Armidale is located 475 km (5 hr 45 min drive) north of Sydney, and almost the same distance south of Brisbane. It is approximately a 3 hr drive to Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie.
Surrounded by natural beauty including World Heritage listed national parks, Armidale is well known for its built heritage that includes impressive cathedrals, as well as being a centre for fine food and wine.
Armidale Airport is serviced by three airlines, Regional Express (REX) and Qantas, who provide regular flights to Sydney and Fly Corporate provides regular flights to Brisbane.
NSW TrainLink provides a daily return service to Sydney.
The population of Armidale is more than 23,000 people, their median age is 34 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 7% of the population.
Armidale is located within the Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network, this fact sheet provides an overview of community health for the region.
Armidale Hospital is a rural referral hospital which has recently undergone a $60 million dollar redevelopment. Services provided include anaesthetics, psychiatry, general medicine, surgery, day surgery, elective surgery, obstetrics, gynaecology, renal dialysis, oncology, chemotherapy, paediatrics and rehabilitation, intensive care and emergency. The hospital includes an 11-bed maternity unit, with two labour wards and two special care nursery beds. A community health service is also located on site.
The Armidale Hospital Redevelopment included a new four-story building and refurbishment of the existing hospital. The new building includes an upgraded emergency department (13 treatment spaces including two paediatric treatment areas, and a safe assessment room), medical inpatient ward (32 beds including two palliative care beds), intensive care unit (five beds) and surgical department (three operating theatres, one procedures room and 10 recovery bays) and a central sterilising department. The existing hospital houses a new day surgery unit (12 recovery bays and patient reception) and a new mortuary.
Armidale Private Hospital is a 30-bed facility that offers medical and surgical services, radiology, pathology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, social worker, aged care assessment, pharmacy and dietetics.
There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station in Armidale.
West Armidale Medical Centre has a two bedroom fully furnished unit that may be available for rent, please contact the GP Synergy Rural Support Officer for details.