Benefits to the region
Sunshine Coast University Hospital is Australia's first major new, not replacement, hospital for more than 20 years.
The public hospital will offer a range of free health services to help meet the growing demand for healthcare on the Sunshine Coast. This will mean an estimated 10,000 patients each year will not have to travel to Brisbane for complex treatment.
The public hospital will be the centrepiece of the Sunshine Coast Health Campus and will be collocated with its Sunshine Coast Health Institute (SCHI), Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital and opportunities for health-related commercial developments. This campus model will provide patients with access to expert staff and facilities in one central location. It will also enable staff to work across the public and private hospitals, and access teaching and research opportunities all on the one site.
Environmentally sustainable hospital
The public hospital's design will reflect the natural environment of the Sunshine Coast and is targeting four-star Green Star 'Design' and 'As Built' ratings under the Green Building Council of Australia's sustainability rating system.
The Green Star rating system is a voluntary rating system for evaluating the environmental sustainability of the design and construction of buildings. More information on Green Star ratings can be found on the Green Building Council of Australia website.
Jobs on the coast
Sunshine Coast University Hospital will create thousands of jobs during construction and when each stage of the hospital opens in 2017, 2018 and 2021. The project will boost the local economy and be the catalyst for local commercial and residential development.
The collocation of the private hospital and the SCHI will help attract high quality doctors and clinical staff to the public hospital with the opportunity for them to engage in teaching and research projects in their place of work and access first-class facilities.
The SCHI's dedicated education and research facilities will help train the existing and future health workforce on the Sunshine Coast.