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Living as a medical and healthcare professional in Regional Queensland
Regional Queensland offers a diverse range of lifestyles if you’re looking to make a tree change or a tree change. From outback living through to rainforests and coastal cities, there’s a lot to be said for moving away from the big city to try something new.
The state of Queensland is 1.853 million square kilometres in size and spans 7,000 kilometres of coastline, making it Australia’s second-largest state.
Outside the capital of Brisbane, the next largest cities are the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, Townsville, Cairns, Toowoomba, Mackay and Rockhampton – all with quite large populations of more than 60,000 people. These cities are quite cosmopolitan and offer many of the same opportunities you can find in a bigger city, without the big commute times or expensive property prices. This includes sports facilities, good schools and universities, cultural precincts, quality restaurants, and more affordable housing.
There are many rural and remote communities in the state as well, offering a unique way of life.
Healthcare Jobs and Medical Careers in Regional Queensland
Queensland has enjoyed strong economic growth in recent years, and this is predicted to continue in the near future. Tourism and agriculture are two of the biggest industries in the state, while mining and construction also help contribute significantly to the state’s economy.
There has been significant investment in the health sector in recent years, including a new $1.8 billion tertiary teaching hospital on the Sunshine Coast. Many other hospitals in regional Queensland have had expansions and upgrades, or are scheduled to receive them.
Healthcare professionals in regional Queensland are supported by several primary health networks (PHNs). Support networks exist for various health care needs including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, diabetes, domestic violence, women’s health, aged care, disability services and mental health.
Houses are much more affordable in parts of regional Queensland compared to Brisbane. For example, median house prices in Maryborough in the Wide Bay Burnett region are $202,000 and you can rent there for around $300 a week, while in Gladstone the median house price is $297,500 and rent is an average of $380 a week.
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Want to explore areas within regional Queensland?
Bundaberg and Wide Bay Burnett Rockhampton & Capricorn Coast
Cairns & Far North QLD Somerset & Lockyer
Gladstone & Central QLD Sunsine Coast
Hervey Bay & Fraser Coast Toowoomba & Darling Downs
Mackay & Coalfields Townsville & Northern QLD
Mt Isa & Western QLD