The old Castle Creek Theatre in the main street of Theodore.

About Our Town - Theodore

Theodore is a small rural community on the Dawson River in central Queensland. Theodore supports a diverse rural sector with its main industries being cattle, cotton, grain and timber. Almost 80 percent of the Shire’s cotton is grown in the Dawson Valley Area. Theodore’s Hardwood processing plant is one of the largest and safest mills in Queensland. Theodore has a population of 600 plus a district population of 1200 people. Closer settlement occurred with the establishment of the township of Theodore in 1922 as a demonstration area for the proposed Dawson Valley Irrigation Scheme.

In 2002 the town of Theodore was presented with the inaugural Healthy Town Award for its active participation in Rural Health Week 2002 and other health initiatives implemented in the district.

Town Facilities Include:

  • State PreSchool and Primary School
  • State High School to Year 10 (A bus is available to take students to Moura State High School)
  • Theodore State School Swimming Pool
  • Showgrounds including sports and recreation facilities
  • Community Gym
  • Play-Group
  • Theodore Early Childhood Centre
  • Golf, football, cricket, bowls and tennis clubs
  • Water skiing or wake boarding on the Dawson River
  • Rotary and Lions Clubs
  • Grocery shop, cafe, newsagency, general draper, Elders, home and garden centre and service stations
  • Hotel/Motel which is owned by the community
  • Churches in the township are Anglican, Lutheran and Catholic – supported by visiting clergy
  • The Post Office is an agency of the Commonwealth Bank (limited in its service) and other banks if you have a debit/credit card linked to your account.

History of Theodore Medical

Theodore Medical started in January 1981 when Anne and Bruce Chater took over the existing medical practice from Dr H Wilson.

After two years in the original rooms located in the Boulevard, Anne and Bruce built a practice in Hamilton Street Theodore. From 1985 to December 2010 this practice was extended twice before being destroyed in the 2010/2011 flood

After the flood, Theodore Medical relocated into four wards of Theodore Hospital until such times as a demountable loaned to Anne and Bruce by Anglo America was renovated so as to house the practice.

In September 2013 Theodore Medical moved into a new practice which was built on the hospital grounds linking the public hospital with the private practice.

About Theodore Medical Clinic

Theodore Medical provides a comprehensive rural general practice including surgery, anaesthetics and obstetrics. Also available on site is a wide range of diagnostic services including x-ray, ultrasound, hearing, heart and breathing tests. Other services include acupuncture, back manipulation and non-PBS dispensary.

This practice is the only private practice in Theodore and services the townships of Theodore, Cracow and surrounding areas. The practice is fully accredited through AGPAL and strives to uphold a high standard of service.

The Principal, Dr Bruce Chater, is a Medical Superintendent (of Theodore Hospital) with Right of Private Practice. The practice also employs an assistant doctor (part-time), Dr Adele Love and two registrars, who are both Medical Officers Right of Private Practice. The Practice also has interns who rotate out from Rockhampton Base Hospital.

As a training practice, Theodore Medical has two University of Queensland medical students attached to the practice each academic year. As well as these students, other medical students from other Australian and overseas universities enjoy time attached to this practice. Notices will advise you of a student’s presence and your permission for them to be a part of your consultation is requested. If this situation is unacceptable to you, please fell free to decline the offer of their presence.

Keeping abreast of technology, Theodore Medical is a fully computerised surgery using Medical Director as the clinical software and Pracsoft for administration. The practice has two servers managing patient records and follows strict protocols to ensure this information is secure.