When you’re studying a practical profession, the best way to learn is by doing. Teaching hospitals around the world provide students with a hands-on experience in a learning environment.
Not only do those students have the opportunity to put their studies into practice, they also work alongside leading medical researchers and have access to high-end technology.
For instance, on Australia’s Sunshine Coast an AUS$2 billion development is underway to create a new educational health precinct, the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH); Australia’s largest hospital project. SCUH is the central component of the new health precinct which will include a private hospital, health innovation park and research centre.
A project like this creates considerable employment opportunities. When the first stage opens in 2016, SCUH will need more than 3,500 staff, growing to around 6,000 when completed in 2021. To operate effectively, a facility of that size needs more than just health care professionals.
The hospital will also employ administrative and support staff from a range of disciplines including business administration, financial services, information technology, human resources and communications.
The private hospital, scheduled for completion in December 2013, will need more than 600 staff. The research centre will expand current health training, education and research facilities for the region.
It will drive the development of new knowledge, through research, to contribute to national and international improvements in patient care, while educating the next generations of staff.
The opportunity to learn in a working environment provides practical pathways to potential employment for students.
Study with benefits
“There is a general perception of Australia being multicultural and a very safe place for international students”. University of the Sunshine Coast Pro Vice-Chancellor (International and Quality) Professor Robert Elliot emphasises that while such partnerships do not guarantee graduate jobs there are definite benefits.
“As a tertiary teaching hospital, SCUH will operate significant health and medical research programmes,” he said. “The hospital will boast highly trained specialised staff, equipment and services able to provide care for patients while serving as a training facility for staff and students.”
Professor Elliot said the Knight Review of the Australian Student Visa Program has also increased opportunities for international students in Australia.
“The introduction of streamlined visa processing and post-study work rights are excellent outcomes of the review,” he said. “International students now enjoy faster visa processing and the opportunity to work in Australia for a period of time after their studies.”
After completing a Master of Health Promotion at USC, Sujay Sadanandan from India was employed at Goulburn Valley Hospital in Victoria. Sujay said, Australia offered an educational experience he would recommend to anyone considering studying abroad.
“The quality of teaching is of a high class by any standards,” he said. “There is a general perception of Australia being multicultural and a very safe place for international students. I would recommend the Sunshine Coast and Australia to future international students who want to enjoy a new culture and way of life.”
USC Bachelor of Nursing student, Jill Adams from the United Kingdom, said her studies in Australia have provided the foundation she needs for her chosen career. “I have enjoyed the relaxed approach to teaching, and have found the tutorials and lectures extremely informative,” she said. “The support I have received has given me the extra confidence to go forward and achieve success in my study.”
Peter Cahill, USC International Relations, University of the Sunshine Coast (Australia)