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Sunshine Coast University Hospital


The Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) received it first intake of patients on 21 March 2017 and was officially opened by the Queensland Premier and Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services on 19 April 2017.

The establishment of the SCUH brings 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 initially, growing to around 6,000 when the facility is completed in 2021.

As a tertiary teaching hospital, the SCUH boasts 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. Students who graduated in 2016, have been perfectly positioned to start their careers at the new hospital.

The adjacent private hospital will require more than 600 staff from disciplines including nursing, allied health, medicine, pharmacy, administration and other support services.

Career opportunities

To keep a facility the size of the SCUH running smoothly requires more than just healthcare professionals.

The hospital employs 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.

Sunshine Coast Health Institute (SCHI)

The hospital's Sunshine Coast Health Institute (SCHI) is 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 provide opportunities for health professionals to participate in teaching, research and clinical practice.

The SCHI features 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 became operational within the SARC from January 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
  • Psychology
  • Occupational therapy
Emerging research themes
  • Nursing research
  • Cardiovascular and biomedical research
  • Cancer research

Image: Aerial photo supplied by Lendlease showing construction progress at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital site in 2015.

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