A new tertiary hospital co-located with Griffith University is currently being constructed on the Gold Coast. Known as the Gold Coast University Hospital, it is envisaged that the co-location will create an environment where medical research and the teaching of doctors, nurses and allied health professionals become an integral part of hospital life.
Such a facility can be expected to attract the best people from Australia and the world, who in turn will train the health professionals of the future. Although it takes time for such an institution to develop and mature, the opportunity exists now to plant the seed for the future.
Considerations for future planning will see medical research and education take place in a hospital setting. This will include:
Doctors are unable to work or get paid until registered and in possession of an appropriate work visa (overseas trained). Eighty per cent of doctors who apply for registration do not provide the medical board with necessary documents initially. This omission delays the process enormously. We can help to ensure that all necessary documents are provided. If you are considering working at the Gold Coast Hospital contact us.
To be eligible for employment as a nurse you must first obtain registration with the Queensland Nursing Council (QNC). For information on the registration requirements, policy and process please see the QNC Website. The QNC website also has specific information for overseas nurses wishing to register in Queensland. The Gold Coast Hospital will sponsor eligible overseas nurses for temporary work visas in areas of need via the Australian Department of Immigration, Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs. The Australian Department of Immigration, Multicultural & Indigenous Affairs can provide information. If you are considering working at the Gold Coast Hospital contact us.
Requirements for practice and employment vary between disciplines. Requirements for overseas applicants also varies between disciplines. For more information please contact us.
Queensland doctors are provided with specific funding to put toward professional development such as conferences. There are two medical schools on the Gold Coast based at Bond and Griffith Universities.
There are increasing opportunities for joint appointments with one of these institutions. Research opportunities are also available to senior staff. There are regular clinical meetings in specialties throughout the hospital. There is a "Grand Rounds" held weekly which all clinicians are encouraged to attend.
Professional development opportunities for nurses at all levels are offered both internally and externally. A team of nurse educators work to develop, promote and maintain excellence in all areas of nursing and midwifery practice.
Professional development funding is allocated annually to assist nurses to attend conferences or targeted training. Nursing achievements are recognised at the annual Staff Excellence awards. Graduate Nurse Transition Support processes foster the development of the graduate's confidence and competence in their professional role.
The Study and Research Scheme (SARAS) - comprises financial support and/or leave assistance for part-time and full-time study or research. The scheme aims to promote organisational and personal development and to assist and encourage officers to undertake work related courses and research.
The Allied Health Professional Enhancement Program - provides rural and remote allied health professionals with an opportunity to gain knowledge of, and experience in clinical areas relevant to their workplace, opportunities for sharing clinical knowledge, and developing networks beyond geographical boundaries and enhanced service coordination and continuity of care.
Professional development activities include:
The Gold Coast Hospital Foundation offers annual scholarships to all staff. The Foundation is the main fundraising body for the hospital. It includes professional development opportunities for staff in its key objectives. For more information on the opportunities available to staff and to obtain an application form contact the Hospital Foundation.