Staff at the new Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital will be able to take courses in everything from word processing and bookkeeping, through to, literally, brain surgery – without leaving work.
The new training model will see 150 teaching and administrative staff from the University of the Sunshine Coast, the Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE and a third yet-to-be-named training provider, take up residence in the hospital’s Skills, Academic and Research Centre.
According to TAFE Queensland East Coast general manager Paul Wilson, the centre is the first training facility of its kind in Australia. “This new model is unique to Queensland,” he told a local newspaper.
SARC programs will cover a wide range of disciplines and target three main groups: existing health workers wanting to keep their skills up to date; future health workers undertaking hands-on clinical training or post-graduate training; and researchers hoping to make the next medical breakthrough.
As well the public hospital due to open late next year, the centre will train staff at a private hospital that has been operating on the Kawana site since 2013.
As a public tertiary teaching hospital, Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital will be one of several hospitals around the country that educate as well as employ health professionals, often in partnership with an education provider. The new hospital will set it itself apart from existing teaching hospitals by the range of its programs and the fact they extend beyond clinical training to administrative and management qualifications.
The public hospital will open with about 450 beds in 2016, with the potential to grow to over 738 beds.