- Last updated:
- 17 May 2017
The health and wellbeing industry is the Sunshine Coast’s largest employer. Around 1,700 healthcare businesses (ABS Business Counts, 2010-2014) currently employ approximately 21,000 people, providing an experienced workforce for this growing industry.
The health and wellbeing industry is also one of the largest generators of economic activity on the Sunshine Coast and is in a strong position for growth and investment. The industry is predicted to double its share of the employment market by 2033.
Underpinning the growth and future investment in the health and wellbeing industry is the development of the Sunshine Coast Health Precinct. At the heart of the new health precinct is the Sunshine Coast Health Campus incorporating the A$1.8 billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital and the Sunshine Coast Health Institute (a specialist skills, academic and research centre), as well as a co-located private hospital. The private hospital is already operational and the public hospital is expected to open in 2017. This is the first new tertiary hospital development in Australia in more than 25 years that is not replacing an existing facility.
The investment in the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, coupled with the development and investment in an extensive health and medical precinct adjacent to the university hospital site, will continue to provide a major stimulant for growth and development of the health and wellbeing industry on the Sunshine Coast over the course of the next 20 years.
Key health and wellbeing industry participants on the Sunshine Coast include:
Why establish a health-related business on the Sunshine Coast?
- The region is home to one of Australia's largest investments in new health care infrastructure, including the new A$1.8 billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital, the A$150 million Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital and a A$60.8 million Sunshine Coast Health Institute.
- High demand already exists for healthcare services on the Sunshine Coast with approximately 20% of the region’s population aged over 65 (Queensland Regional Profile, 2016). The average age of the regional population will grow to 43.1 years by 2031 (Projected Population by Age and Sex, QGSO, 2013 edition).
- The Oceanside Health Hub, adjacent to the Sunshine Coast Health Campus, provides multiple investment opportunities that are available now for specialist and ancillary health businesses.
The Sunshine Coast was a great destination for our multi-million dollar development. A motivated and quality workforce matched by a great place to live and work – it’s hard to beat.
Oliver Steele | CEO, Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital
We maintain confidence in the Sunshine Coast as our centre of operations, with our head office strategically located adjacent to the new Sunshine Coast Health Precinct. Supported by rapid population increase, business and workforce opportunities, and local partners, the Sunshine Coast remains pivotal to Suncare’s future growth, investment and service delivery.
Iain Green | Chairman, Suncare Community Services Ltd
There are so many benefits to running a business on the Sunshine Coast for an employer - lifestyle, lower wage costs, a strong and developing health precinct and a sense of positivity and business growth.
Debbie Neame | SEQ Regional Manager, Westfund Health