- Thursday 31 August 2017
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson has welcomed the Federal Government announcement that the Sunshine Coast University Hospital will become a tertiary teaching hospital, as planned, thanks to the allocation of an additional 15 medical school places.
In January of this year, council launched #OperationMedSchool, urging the Federal Government to allocate the required 15 additional student places at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital as the issue had remained unresolved for more than three years.
Mayor Jamieson said the council had called on the community to support the campaign, and support it, they did.
“Our community leaders and residents supported #OperationMedSchool and wrote to the Prime Minister and Federal Ministers urging them to allocate the additional 15 medical student places needed ” Mayor Jamieson said.
“Our region was promised a tertiary teaching hospital. Between council and the community, we ensured the Federal Government was made aware we deserved nothing less and would accept nothing less.
“I thank our community for showing its support for these endeavours, demonstrating to the Federal Government the importance our region places on achieving a fully functional tertiary teaching hospital.
“I’m sure the community will join me in thanking the Commonwealth for fulfilling its role so Griffith University can attend to the necessary accreditations.”
Mayor Jamieson said health was at the heart of strong communities.
“And here on our Sunshine Coast, the opening of the State Government’s $1.87 billion hospital at Kawana in April has made an immense difference to health care on the Sunshine Coast and surrounding regional areas,” he said.
“Each year, around 10,000 Sunshine Coast residents have to travel away from the region to receive care in Brisbane hospitals.
“They will be able to receive this care locally when Sunshine Coast University Hospital is fully commissioned.
“And with the allocation of the additional 15 medical school placements – taking the total to 50 – we will have a world class medical school on the Sunshine Coast.”
Mayor Jamieson said this critical component would enhance the hospital’s reputation and, therefore, its ability to recruit the highest calibre staff to deliver its vital services.
“I am aware that our region’s two Federal representatives, Ted O’Brien and Andrew Wallace, raised this matter with the relevant Federal Ministers’ attention and sought to have it resolved so I thank them for their contribution.
“I’m looking forward to having a world class medical school on the Sunshine Coast and it is imperative that the medical school is operational in 2019.”
Mayor Jamieson said this major development would deliver more than a critical health care service.
“Such a large and ongoing operation will also provide economic benefits,” he said.
“And it doesn’t stop there. Our secondary school students will also have the opportunity to complete an undergraduate degree at the University of the Sunshine Coast before gaining entry to the medical degree delivered through the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.
“Our children can live and study for their medical degree here on the Sunshine Coast and enjoy the benefits that come with that.”