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Living and working in healthcare jobs in Toowoomba and Darling Downs QLD
The Toowoomba and Darling Downs region are a great choice for those who are seeking the country lifestyle while still being close to all the services and amenities of modern life.
Toowoomba is located around 130 kilometres west of Brisbane. It is surrounded by the Darling Downs farming region on the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range. The region includes towns such as Oakey, Dalby, Warwick and Goondiwindi.
The region has experienced strong economic growth thanks to its mineral resources, agriculture production and food processing industries, which is predicted to continue.
Toowoomba has a population of around 114,000 people and is the sixth-largest city in Queensland. The University of Southern Queensland has a campus here while there are many choices of good primary and secondary schools both public and private. The city has many sport and cultural facilities, attractions, events and parks and gardens for the whole family to enjoy.
Toowoomba is a 90 minute drive from Brisbane, two hours from the Gold Coast and two hours from the Sunshine Coast. An airport 17 kilometres west of the Toowoomba CBD links the region with Brisbane and Sydney. There is also a rail link from Brisbane to Toowoomba that continues on through the Darling Downs to and the Western Country to Charleville.
Healthcare Jobs and Medical Careers in Toowoomba and Darling Downs QLD
The Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service operates 25 different services including a number of hospitals and clinics throughout the region. There are also several private hospitals. In Toowoomba the health care and social assistance sector is the biggest employer, accounting for 14.5 per cent of local jobs.
The Darling Downs and West Moreton Primary Health Network (PHN) supports health professionals in the Toowoomba and Darling Downs region. Support networks for this region include indigenous maternal health, diabetes management, community pharmacy, rural aged care and telehealth.
The median house price in Toowoomba is $340,000 while the average weekly rent is $300 per week. Housing is more affordable elsewhere in the region, for example the median house price at Oakey is $213,500 and at Warwick it is $251,625. The most affluent areas near Toowoomba include Mount Kynoch, which has the highest median income, followed by Prince Henry Heights, Blue Mountain Heights, Hodgson Vale and Cabarlah.
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