- Monday 16 July 2012
Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson said health and its allied industries will play a key role in developing a sustainable economic base for the Coast.
The Mayor today opened the Health Heroes Expo at Maroochydore State High School.
Health Heroes is an interactive information session for students in Year 10 designed to introduce them to the vast and varied career opportunities that exist in the health sector.
The mayor told students the health industry would become a major provider of careers on the Coast in years to come.
"As part of our economic development strategy, we are seeking to develop the health industry to provide a strong base of employment for our kids’ future," he said.
"This endeavour starts with the building of the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital precinct, on which work will start soon.
"The Queensland Government is investing $2.03 billion to deliver this new tertiary hospital on the Sunshine Coast to meet growing demand.
"The health industry is the fastest-growing in the region and today’s expo is showcasing the wide variety of careers available.
"Opportunities don’t just exist in the critical hospital areas such as doctors and nurses; they also exist in preventative health areas, rehabilitation, the ambulance services and many more.
"Not only is it my vision to see the Coast provide employment opportunities in this sector so our kids don’t have to leave the region to work; it is also my vision to see our educational institutions providing the relevant courses to ensure our kids don’t have to leave home to study either.
"Today is a wonderful opportunity for students to explore the world of health by speaking to industry professionals about employment pathways, and I thank Queensland Youth Industry Links for bringing this wonderful event together."
By the end of the expo, more than 1000 Sunshine Coast high school students will have had the opportunity to meet health professionals.