Living and working in healthcare jobs in Rockhampton and Capricorn Coast, QLD

With a laid-back lifestyle, Rockhampton was recently found to be one of the top 20 most family friendly cities in Australia.

Located around 600 kilometres from Brisbane, Rockhampton is situated on the Tropic of Capricorn, which is where its surrounding region, the Capricorn Coast, gets its name from. The greater Rockhampton region covers 6,560 square kilometres, with the Capricorn Coast stretching for more than 150 kilometres, taking in dozens of small towns and islands.

There is strong employment generation, profitable businesses and industries as well high and rising incomes in Rockhampton. However despite the economy being quite strong, there is still high unemployment and a skills shortage. Health care and social assistance, retail trade and the education and training sectors are the biggest employers in the region.

The city of Rockhampton has a population of around 87,000 people. It has a university campus, and numerous primary and secondary schools, both public and private. There are four regional and district sporting complexes, three performing arts centres and 10 galleries and museums.

Getting to Rockhampton is about an eight-hour drive by car from Brisbane on the Bruce Highway. There is also an airport with several flights a day to Brisbane. Queensland Rail’s Tilt Train service also runs to Rockhampton once a day.

Healthcare Jobs and Medical Careers in Rockhampton and Capricorn Coast, QLD

The Rockhampton Base Hospital  is the main referral centre for Central Queensland and has been the focus of expansion and investment in recent years, with a $155 million new seven-storey ward block was opened in 2015. The expansion included space for new cancer services. In 2016 the hospital opened a new and expanded critical care service to meet the needs of the cancer centre. Rockhampton also has two private hospitals.

The Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast Primary Health Network (PHN) supports health professionals in Rockhampton and the Capricorn Coast. Support networks in the region include Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander health, aged care, disability care, cancer screening, domestic violence, cardiac rehabilitation and women’s health.

Housing in Rockhampton is very affordable, with a median house price in the city of around $200,000. The Capricorn Coast town of Yeppoon, 35 minutes  from Rockhampton, has a median house price of $347,500. The average cost of renting a house in Rockhampton is $240 a week.  The most affluent suburbs in Rockhampton are Etna Creek, which has the highest median income, followed by Mount Archer, Limestone Creek, Rockyview, Taroomball and Lammermoor.

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