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About us


We are passionate North Queenslanders who’ve been working to ensure better health in our region since 1989.

For more than three decades our community has helped us fund $1.2million towards the Children’s Ward redevelopment in 2018, and over $200,000 for the children’s playground in 2019, a new surgical laser to treat burns, and an immersive birthing experience and so much more.

Examples of this support also include refurbishing facilities, purchasing equipment, and supply clothing and shoes to patients who have nothing. Because of our community, we have also been able to provide those little extras that make a big difference to our patients and visitors.

Like you, we’re immensely proud of our community. With Townsville at our heart, we’re a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, the wet tropics and the Queensland outback.

We wouldn’t live anywhere else. So guaranteeing access to world-class public health care for all those who call NQ home, whenever they need it, is something we’re staunchly committed to.

As locals, we understand better than most the unique needs and health challenges faced by North Queenslanders, and those working to bring the highest quality of care and wellbeing to our region – from Halifax to Home Hill, Magnetic Island to Maxwelton.

We know that everyone looks forward to a healthy, happy life. And we also know that sometimes illness and injury get in the way of that. When that happens we’re here, and we’re here because you’re with us. By supporting the Townsville Hospital and Health Service, together we are supporting access to high-quality public health in our communities.

From humble beginnings to indispensable community resource.

Brighter Lives is North Queensland’s best-loved charity, a dedicated team working tirelessly to ensure better healthcare to all who call this remarkable region home.

In 1989 an intrepid team set up the Townsville Hospital Foundation to provide support to the Townsville Hospital and Health Services, and its patients, staff, and visitors.

Fast forward 35 years and we are the official partner charity of the Townsville Hospital and Health Service. In 2020 we re-branded to Brighter Lives to better represent the area we look after. Not only do we support the Townsville University Hospital but also the 18 public hospitals in our region, and two residential aged care facilities. 

Everyone looks forward to a healthy and happy life. Unfortunately many will experience injury, trauma, and illness, some of which may be life-threatening, and some may require a long extended stay or visit to The Townsville University Hospital. Brighter Lives, Townsville Hospital Foundation, helps and supports patients and their families during these times.

The Foundation also provides an army of 120 selfless volunteers in yellow who so generously donate their time across all areas of the hospital.

The Queensland Government funding to our hospital in Queensland is generated towards infrastructure and capital works, core equipment, and health services to provide the highest possible health care facilities. How do we make a difference? By stepping into the gap to provide additional patient and visitor care facilities.

Brighter Lives also makes contributions towards additional training, education, and innovative research projects, to ensure the Townsville University Hospital remains at the forefront of patient care and at the leading edge of new technology and treatment methods.

We rely heavily on the support of the community. It is through the generosity of many individuals, businesses and community groups that we can assist the hospital in its patient care and lifesaving work. Brighter Lives, Townsville Hospital Foundation, is fully committed to improving the lives of Townsville and the surrounding areas with 100% of all funds raised, donated or provided through sponsorship arrangements held locally for the benefit of our community. 

Brighter Lives.

Here for you. Here for NQ.


We support world class health and well-being for brighter lives in North Queensland. 

Guiding values

Inspiring impact

We celebrate the positive impact our donors and volunteers have on the lives of locals every day.

Essential support

We’re committed to improving the health and wellbeing for people and communities right across our region.

In it together

We’re passionate North Queenslanders helping locals gain access to better local health services.