Whether you’re a recent arrival or a long-time local, being familiar with the Gladstone hospital is essential in the event of an emergency – so who’s who?
Until 2008, the Wide Bay-Burnett region contained twenty three local government authorities, covering 52,140 sq km and included the cities of Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Maryborough and Gympie. Noosa, once part of Wide Bay-Burnett, was changed by the state government to the Moreton and Brisbane region, but is still often included in figures and reporting for tourism data. Municipal amalgamations in 2008 reduced the number of councils to five, plus Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council and the southern part of Gladstone Regional Council.
As such, the area that Gladstone Regional Council covers is certainly vast. This part of Queensland had an estimated 63,000 residents as of 2018, spread across a massive 10,484 square kilometres. While the new region covers rural hubs such as Calliope and Miriam Vale, it’s the central town of Gladstone that most of us associate with this area.
While Gladstone is renowned for being an enormously important industrial centre and port on the Capricorn Coast, it’s surprisingly also home to laid back coastal villages, rural hinterland lifestyles and even the Great Barrier Reef, making it an attractive destination for holiday makers, as well as sea and tree changers. The region also stages over two hundred annual festivals and events, including the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race and harbour celebrations, Australia’s largest family friendly fishing tournament, the Boyne Tannum Hook-up, and destination events, such as the Agnes Blues and Roots Festival, Luminous, Captain Cook 1770 Festival and Under the Trees Festival.
With the median three bedroom house price in Gladstone sitting at just $252,500 – is it any wonder why people are flocking to this region in droves? While the Sunshine Coast has become out of reach for many, ‘seachangers’ now flock further north for the prices. The global pandemic has changed the way we work, live and play, and when compared to our southern neighbours, Queenslanders have had it relatively lax in terms of lockdowns and social distancing restrictions. Interestingly, the healthcare industry is Gladstone’s sixth largest employer. With over 8% of the region’s population working within this field, this may help to explain the world class quality care available and their related specialities.
An Introduction To The Gladstone Hospital
In the event that you or someone you love needs urgent medical attention in this part of Queensland, there’s a high chance that you will come across the Gladstone hospital that services this region. While there are a number of public and private healthcare providers that are present in the area, let’s explore the medical care that the main venue offers.
Gladstone Hospital – Proven to be Queensland’s second best top performing emergency ward in the state, Gladstone Hospital certainly pulls its weight when it comes to meeting the healthcare needs of the Greater Gladstone community. With a twenty four hour emergency department, obstetrics, gynaecology, coronary care, paediatrics, renal dialysis, chemotherapy and a wide range of general surgery provided, Gladstone Hospital has also been given a boost via a $42 million dollar upgrade from the Queensland Government, given to the emergency department. A new day surgery centre, supported by an expanded range of specialty outpatient services, will also provide access to low complexity surgery care for patients from the Gladstone and Banana regions.
In 2019, Mater Health closed the doors to Gladstone’s second hospital, Mater Private Gladstone Hospital. Mater Health indicated that a declining level of birth rates was a contributing factor behind closing the doors, and stated that keeping the hospital open was just not viable. However, Queensland Health went on to purchase the facility in 2020, with reports indicating that the venue will be rebranded and opened as Gladstone University Hospital and a medical teaching facility in the not so distant future.
Pursuing A Medical Career In Gladstone
If you’re on the hunt for GP or doctor roles in the Sunshine State, there’s a chance that you’ll either want to work a little, a lot – or somewhere in between. Gladstone based doctor jobs with House Call Doctor offer flexibility, with shifts that fit around your current workload, personal commitments, or even just lifestyle preferences.
Whether you’re looking to increase your earning potential, gain experience, or even just have a desire for greater job satisfaction, Gladstone based opportunities with House Call Doctor offers local medical practitioners a chance to explore what out of hours healthcare is like, while still retaining a sense of freedom and flexibility. If you’re looking for an opportunity to broaden your career horizons, are you –
- An Australian or Internationally Trained Medical Graduate
- Have full registration with the Medical Board of Australia
- Have two years post graduate experience, including experience in paediatrics, accident and emergency, general medicine and surgery
If you can answer yes to all of the above, then why not consider registering your interest for doctor jobs with House Call Doctor today, and be a part of the medical revolution.