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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Premier officially opens Australia’s newest tertiary hospital

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Wednesday, April 19, 2017

    Premier officially opens Australia’s newest tertiary hospital

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Health and Ambulance Services Minister Cameron Dick officially opened the new, state-of-the-art $1.8 billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) today.

    The Premier said SCUH was the first new, not replacement, tertiary hospital to be built in Australia in 20 years.

    “This project was first announced by Labor and I am delighted to see it come to fruition under a Labor Government,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “The new facility is now the flagship hospital of the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service (SCHHS) and adds to the public health services already provided by SCHHS hospitals in Nambour, Gympie, Caloundra and Maleny.

    “SCUH is already making a difference to the lives of patients and their families.

    “Expanded services and a range of complex medical and surgical services that were not previously available locally in the public health sector are now available here, on the Sunshine Coast.

    “About 10,000 people each year who live on the Sunshine Coast who used to go to Brisbane for treatment will now be able to receive their treatment here with family and friends nearby.

    “Construction also meant about 8000 construction jobs and the community will also benefit from 443 extra nurses and 179 extra doctors since the election across the Coast.”

    The Health Minister said the successful commissioning of SCUH as a large-scale public hospital had set a new benchmark nationwide.

    “About 3500 staff have started work at SCUH, with that number to continue to expand as the facility grows to its built capacity,” Mr Dick said.

    “As a teaching hospital, SCUH has attracted and will continue to recruit leading clinicians who are dedicated to improving treatment options and practices for patients, and committed to teaching and training the health professionals of today and the future.

    “These medical and educational facilities will enable the region to cope with the major population growth we all know is coming.

    “The Sunshine Coast’s population of 360,000 is expected to increase to about 500,000 within ten years. The Coast’s demographics will change along with the population and while about 17 per cent of residents are over 65, by 2030 this is predicted to reach 23 per cent.

    “SCUH’s world-class, expanded facilities and potential to train doctors who can live and stay on the Coast will go above and beyond addressing a growing and changing population.”

    Media contacts:     

    Geoff Breusch (Premier’s office) 0417 272 875

    Michelle Wellington (Minister Dick’s office) 0437 323 834

    Fast facts:

    • SCUH opened with about 450 beds and will expand to its built capacity of 738 beds by 2021.
    • About 8000 construction workers were inducted over SCUH’s construction period and there were 1550 on site at its peak
    • The first outpatient appointment was on 21 March 2017.
    • The emergency department and inpatient care began 28 March.
    • The first baby was born at SCUH on 29 March 2017.
    • Elective surgery began at SCUH on 4 April 2017.
    • The services available to local patients will include:
      • emergency department
      • comprehensive cancer services, including on-site radiotherapy
      • specialised medical and surgical services, including a major trauma service and paediatrics
      • maternity service, including neonatal care for premature babies to a level not currently available in the region
      • acute rehabilitation service
      • mental health inpatient service, including the Coast’s first inpatient child and adolescent capacity
      • renal services (including kidney dialysis)
      • interventional and diagnostic clinical support services, including a PET scanner for diagnosing certain types of cancer and cardiac catheterisation laboratories
      • ambulatory care (outpatient) services
      • allied health services, such as physiotherapy and occupational therapy.
    • The Sunshine Coast Health Institute (SCHI) is the collocated skills, academic and research centre which was developed in partnership with the University of the Sunshine Coast, TAFE Queensland East Coast.
    • More than 1000 students are currently studying nursing and allied health professions at SCHI.