The Sunshine Coast Health Institute (SCHI) is a collaborative partnership between the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service, the University of the Sunshine Coast, TAFE Queensland and another university that will operate a medical school. Together, the SCHI partners provide a range of educational tools and training to develop and improve the skills of doctors, nurses, allied health workers, health professionals and vocational students.
Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service
Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service is one of 16 Hospital and Health Services in Queensland that operate as statutory bodies. Collectively the sixteen Hospital and Health Services, together with the Queensland Department of Health are referred to as Queensland Health. The Health Service delivers public healthcare throughout the Sunshine Coast and Gympie region at hospital facilities and health services including:
- Sunshine Coast University Hospital
- Nambour General Hospital
- Caloundra Health Service
- Gympie Hospital
- Maleny Soldiers Memorial Hospital
- A range of community health services from 24 sites including Nambour, Maroochydore, Gympie, Noosaville, Caloundra, Kawana, Tewantin, Cooroy, Mountain Creek, Buderim, Beerwah, Tin Can Bay and Mooloolaba.
- Services provided to public patients at the Noosa Hospital and Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital.
University of the Sunshine Coast
USC is one of Australia’s fastest growing universities, with more than 12,000 students and a growing footprint that stretches from Brisbane to the Fraser Coast.
USC offers more than 140 undergraduate and postgraduate programs in a wide range of disciplines, including popular degrees in nursing science, midwifery, paramedic science, health sciences and occupational therapy. Its flagship Sunshine Coast campus is less than 15 minutes’ drive from the Sunshine Coast Health Institute, with additional campuses in Brisbane’s South Bank precinct, Gympie and on the Fraser Coast, and study nodes in Caboolture, North Lakes and Noosa.
USC is the only public university in Queensland to earn five stars for teaching quality in the Good Universities Guide annually since 2007. It also boasts a growing reputation for research excellence, with 14 research fields now rated at world standard or above by Excellence in Research Australia. Leading research areas include nursing, biological sciences, clinical sciences, ecology, agricultural and veterinary sciences.
TAFE Queensland East Coast is the premier provider of vocational education and training and the largest in the Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay region with seven campuses and over 20,000 enrolments annually.
TAFE Queensland East Coast is the result of an amalgamation between Sunshine Coast TAFE and Wide Bay TAFE. By harnessing the strong reputation each of these Institutes had in their communities for providing exceptional training and education we are able to improve education and training to the region as a collaborative force.
As part of the TAFE Queensland network, we are able to draw upon the vast experience and resources of Queensland’s largest training organisation. Our programs have been designed in close consultation with business and industry and our modern facilities combined with highly qualified and experienced staff means you gain the skills and knowledge that will give you a competitive advantage when entering the workforce, moving onto further education or even training your staff.
Ranking in the top 3% of universities worldwide, Griffith University offers future-focused degrees that are developed in consultation with industry, based on cutting-edge research, and taught by Australia’s most awarded teachers. With seven campus’ ranging from the Sunshine Coast to the Gold Coast, our students are taught in state-of-the-art facilities by industry-leading professionals.
Griffith University’s School of Medicine opened in 2005 with our first students graduating 2008. Today, more than 1200 graduates are in independent practice or in specialty training. Griffith’s four year graduate-entry Doctor of Medicine will help you take your first step on the road to becoming a doctor. It’s accredited by the Australian Medical Council and incorporates a strong community focus. It also has a strong practical focus, with clinical placements being an integral part of each year of study. In your final two years you will be based primarily in off-campus health care services such as hospitals and general practices.