Whether you’re a recent arrival or a long-time local, being familiar with Bundaberg hospitals is essential in the event of an emergency – so who’s who?

Despite popular stereotypes, there’s much more to know about living in Bundaberg than ‘Bundy Rum’. In fact, the region covers more than 6,000 square kilometres, and boasts a wide array of diverse natural resources and man made facilities.


While it’s also easy to discount Bundaberg as a sleepy Queensland country town, the reality couldn’t be further from the truth. Tourism is big business in Queensland, and Bundaberg is known as the ‘Southern Gateway To The Great Barrier Reef’. 

In less than a century, the Bundaberg region has grown from what was once a small sugar cane hub, into Queensland’s ninth largest city. Despite being an increasingly popular tourist hotspot that attracts over one million visitors per annum, it’s also a region that many are looking to call home for the long term. So much so, that the ten year annual average population growth rate sits at 1.47%, which is almost bang on the national average of 1.5% – not bad for what’s been long regarded as a regional country town, right?

It’s also no secret that Queensland is experiencing an interstate migration boom. 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 Bundaberg’s fourth largest employer. With over 6% of the region’s population working within this field and an annual job growth of a whopping 26%, this may help to explain the world class quality care available and their related specialities. 

An Introduction To Bundaberg Hospitals 

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 one of the Bundaberg hospitals that service this region. While there are a number of public and private hospitals that operate in this postcode, let’s explore the medical care that they provide and specialise in.

Bundaberg Hospital – Initially constructed in 1911, Bundaberg Hospital was opened by the Governor of Queensland in 1914. As a base hospital that takes referrals from outlying hospitals and concentrates specialised skills, it is one of the primary medical hubs that services the growing Wide Bay Burnett region. As a 249 bed facility, the hospital offers specialist services including gastroenterology, radiology and oncology, and local access to radiation oncology, ophthalmology, cardiology and paediatric ear, nose and throat services.

Mater Private Hospital Bundaberg – As a part of the state wide private Mater hospital network, Bundaberg’s Mater Private Hospital has been servicing the healthcare needs of the people of the Wide Bay region and surrounds since 1946. The 59 bed facility is equipped with four operating theatres, a day surgery unit and offers a full complement of medical specialist services. It also offers an inpatient rehabilitation service and gymnasium, and is the only private rehabilitation unit available between Rockhampton and Brisbane

Friendly Society Private Hospital – Otherwise known locally as ‘The Friendlies’, The Friendly Society Private Hospital is a world-class, 142 bed surgical and medical facility located in Bundaberg. Backed by a team of 400+ medical, nursing, support and allied health professionals, this non for profit healthcare venue has been in operation for over seventy five years, and is home to an emergency department, in house pharmacy, and a range of allied health services that include physiotherapy, podiatry and an oncology unit.

In July 2020, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk also unveiled the location and plans of a new hospital for Bundaberg. The sixty hectare greenfield site is on Bundaberg Ring Road to the west of Kay McDuff Drive, and about five kilometres south of the central business district. With a projected cost of $1.5 billion dollars, it is essentially a part of a massive upgrade to the Wide Bay region’s existing healthcare infrastructure and will include a comprehensive range of care across medical, surgical, emergency, acute mental health, outpatient and diagnostic fields. 

Needless to say, if you find yourself in the event where you need access to state of the art healthcare in Bundaberg, you’re in good hands – but what if you want to be one of the ones administering that care?

Pursuing A Medical Career In Bundaberg 

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. Bundaberg 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 travel, increase your earning potential, gain experience, or even just have a desire for greater job satisfaction, moving to Bundaberg paired with a career with House Call Doctor could be the answer that you’ve been looking for. 

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.