Mission to give health a helping hand
  • Thursday 16 July 2015

More than 40 percent of Australia’s biomedical research comes out of Melbourne – making it a hive of activity for networking and investment relocation opportunities.

To help build relationships and attract future health sector investment to the Sunshine Coast, Mayor Mark Jamieson will lead a local delegation to Melbourne this week to meet with more than 50 health and wellbeing businesses and biomedical research institutions.

“The health sector is the largest employer on the Sunshine Coast. It ranks first among the seven high-value industries we’re working to develop in our region to diversify and safeguard our economy from future economic shock,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“The purpose of this week’s mission is to collaborate and learn from health organisations that have developed what the Sunshine Coast wishes to achieve.

“We will also be presenting investment and co-location opportunities that exist in our region to hopefully attract more of these leading health sector businesses and organisations our way, with the new $5billion health precinct in mind.”

“We’re hoping to build on the success of previous interstate health missions that led to private health insurance giant Westfund Health establishing its Queensland head office at Maroochydore last year, right on the doorstep of our proposed new city centre.”

The three-day health mission will include meetings and investment discussions with executives in Melbourne's major hospitals and medical precincts, as well as large health industry organisations.

The local delegation includes Mayor Mark Jamieson, Health and medical precinct and education Portfolio Councillor Peter Cox, the University of the Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service, Stockland and Savills.