- Friday 06 May 2016
Health and Wellbeing is our region’s fastest growing industry, propelled by the development of the $5 billion Kawana Health Precinct, and today the industry’s career opportunities were showcased to our future jobseekers at the sixth annual Health Heroes Expo.
Division 3 Councillor Peter Cox said more than 400 students from schools across the Sunshine Coast attended the council-supported event at Kawana Waters State College to gain a greater understanding of employment opportunities that await.
“Health and Wellbeing is one of the seven high-value industries under the Regional Economic Development Strategy 2013-2033 (REDS) which are considered to hold the keys to future employment and economic strength on the Sunshine Coast,” Cr Cox said.
“We’ve got an incredible new Health Precinct surrounding the Sunshine Coast Health Campus which co-locates two tertiary hospitals and the Sunshine Coast Health Institute. The $1.8billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital due to open in April next year is estimated to offer around 6000 jobs by 2021..
“We want as many Sunshine Coasters as possible to fill those jobs so events like the annual Health Heroes Expo are crucial to providing our young people with a clear understanding of the career opportunities that will be available for them in the near future and the pathways needed to gain entry into the health industry.
“The career opportunities go beyond just doctors and nurses. There’s a huge array of jobs that will be there because a hospital needs support and administration staff, operational services just to name a few and so all of those jobs are there to be taken.”
Kawana Waters State College Year 12 student Stina Sullivan was excited to attend today’s event.
“I love living on the Sunshine Coast and I’m very much open to the possibility of a career in the health and wellbeing industry,” she he said.
Council was among a number of key exhibitors at the Heath Heroes Expo, alongside Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Services and the University of the Sunshine Coast.