Sunshine Coast targets Sydney health industry – and announces first GP Super Clinic
  • Friday 26 October 2012

The Sunshine Coast’s Natural Advantage for Business goes interstate on Monday and Tuesday next week as Mayor Mark Jamieson leads a business mission to promote the investment opportunities in the region to Sydney’s health and medical services industry.

Accompanied by representatives of the Sunshine Coast Business Council, Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service, University of the Sunshine Coast, Kawana Chamber of Commerce, Stockland and Sunshine Coast Private Hospital, the Mayor will showcase the investment potential associated with the Sunshine Coast University Hospital to Australia’s largest city.

The $1.8 billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital will open in 2016, coupled with a new private hospital in a dedicated health and medical precinct being constructed from the ground up on a green-field site at Kawana, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

The hospital will initially house 450 beds and employ 3500 staff, expanding to 738 beds and 6000 staff by 2021.

"The Sunshine Coast, long-known as a major tourism destination, is on the cusp of an unprecedented era of investment in new public infrastructure from the new University Hospital, expansion of its airport and the development of a new commercial business district," Mayor Jamieson said.

"Over the next few years the Sunshine Coast - Australia’s ninth-largest city – will take its place as one of the nation’s leading economic powerhouses.

"The new University hospital will anchor one of the largest tertiary health and medical precincts in the country and we are in Sydney to highlight what it has to offer along with the natural advantages the Sunshine Coast delivers to investors in terms of lifestyle, access and the low cost to do business.

"We are talking to many medical and health service providers to ensure the precinct is populated by a wide range of leading-edge businesses in a twenty-first century technological environment."

The two-day visit will include a tour of Macquarie University Hospital.

Mayor Jamieson also announced today initial approval for the Coast’s first GP Super Clinic, to be located in the new Sippy Downs Town Centre.

"The GP Super Clinic program is a Commonwealth funded initiative providing for improved health care services throughout Australia," he said.

"The successful tenderer is Ochre Health, which has extensive experience in establishing and running successful GP Super Clinics.

"The Sunshine Coast GP Super Clinic will consist of 2900m2 of medical, specialist and allied health services generating up to 50 new jobs when it opens in early 2014."

"The facility will also have a close connection with the University and will provide for hands on medical training."

Andrew Stevens of KHA, project manager for the clinic on behalf of Ochre, said Sunshine Coast Council dealt with the application speedily and efficiently, making the process a lot easier.