When the first stage of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital opens in 2017, it will bring with it thousands of new employment opportunities, not just in healthcare but also for administrative and support staff.
The hospital will be one of the largest employers on the Sunshine Coast and will require more than 3,500 staff when it opens, growing to around 6,000 when the facility is completed in 2021.
Students commencing bachelor degrees in 2013 will graduate in 2016, perfectly positioned to start their careers at the new hospital.
As a tertiary teaching hospital, the SCUH will boast highly trained specialised staff, equipment and services able to safely care for patients while also serving as a training facility for large numbers of staff and students and operating significant health and medical research programs.
The adjacent private hospital already will require more than 600 staff from disciplines including nursing, allied health, medicine, pharmacy, administration and other support services.
To keep a facility the size of the SCUH running smoothly requires more than just healthcare professionals. The hospital will employ administrative and support staff from a range of disciplines including business administration, financial services, information technology, human resources and communications.
Refer to the listing of USC’s health programs to explore possible pathways to healthcare careers at the SCUH, while the list below highlights possible pathways into administrative and support roles.
- Business administration
- Financial services
- Information technology
- Human resources
Sunshine Coast Health Institute (SCHI)
The hospital's Sunshine Coast Health Institute (SCHI) will be delivered as a partnership between Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service and leading providers of tertiary education, skills training and research, including USC, TAFE Queensland East Coast and a medical school.
The SCHI is an essential element for the achievement of the vision for SCUH and will drive the development of new knowledge, through research, to contribute to national and international improvements in patient care, while educating and training the next generations of staff.
The SCHI's research and learning spaces will provide opportunities for health professionals to participate in teaching, research and clinical practice.
The SCHI will feature space shared where USC and the Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE deliver:
- multiple training programs to up-skill existing health professionals across a wide range of disciplines
- hands-on clinical training for students studying to become health professionals, or health professionals undertaking post-graduate training
- clinical and innovative research.
Shared space includes:
- 10 multi-purpose teaching rooms
- 200m2 (150 seat) lecture theatre
- 500m2 (370 seat) auditorium plus support spaces
- 3 e-learning labs
- 600m2 simulation space plus support spaces that include
- Eight bed simulation suite
- Interventional suite
- Standard ICU bedroom
- Resuscitation room
- Birthing suite
USC plans to be operational within the SARC from early 2017. USC’s dedicated space includes one multi-purpose teaching room and 285m2 open plan office space.
Proposed teaching programs
- Nursing and midwifery
- Social work
- Nutrition and Dietetics
- Occupational therapy
Emerging research themes
- Nursing research
- Cardiovascular and biomedical research
- Cancer research
Image: The latest aerial photo supplied by Lendlease provides an update of the construction progress at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital site.