Who We Are
The Sunshine Coast Private Hospital at Buderim is a not-for-profit organisation owned by the Uniting Church and is a member of UnitingCare Health, which includes The Wesley Hospital in Brisbane, St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital Brisbane and St Stephen’s Hospitals at Maryborough and Hervey Bay.
The hospital provides a multi-award winning service to its patients and their families, and meets all national standards and requirements.
One of the Coast’s largest private hospitals, The Sunshine Coast Private Hospital is located in a peaceful, leafy natural environment off Elsa Wilson Drive at Buderim. Since 1980 it has catered for the health care needs of one of Australia’s fastest growing regions.
As a not-for-profit facility, we are committed to reinvesting surplus funds for the development of the hospital, our services and our staff. This benefits the community by creating a hospital that uses leading edge technology and is staffed by leaders in their field. The Sunshine Coast Private Hospital has grown substantially over the last decade, with more than $40 million reinvested in additional beds, the latest equipment and new services to meet the growing demands of the Sunshine Coast community.
We provide our patients with a wide range of services including Maternity, Intensive Care, Cardiovascular, Vascular, Obstetric and Gynaecology, General Surgery, Urology and Urodynamics, Cancer Care, General Medicine, Renal and Respiratory Services, Endocrinology, Mental Health, Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, Ear Nose and Throat, Orthopaedic, Oral and Maxillofacial, Rehabilitation, Endoscopic Services and much more.
With over 700 staff dedicated to the health of our patients, the latest technology, a wide range of highly qualified specialists and cutting edge diagnostic services, it’s no wonder this facility is rated as one of the best hospitals in Australia. This high level of care, commitment and expertise is what makes the hospital a leading provider of healthcare services on the Sunshine Coast.
The Buderim Private Hospital (now The Sunshine Coast Private Hospital at Buderim) was established in 1980 at Buderim.
It was the vision of a local GP’s wife, Mrs Elsa Wilson, who felt it unnecessary that her husband and his patients should have to travel to Nambour for hospitalisation. At a dinner in 1977 at Mrs Wilson’s home, the guests included two General Surgeons, two GPs, a solicitor and an architect. Mrs Wilson presented her dream which was received with considerable interest. The QIT was engaged to do a market feasibility study, the result of which was favourable. This original committee of six eventually expanded as the workload increased.
On 30 June 1979, Michael Ahern MLA, member for Landsborough, dedicated a stone to commemorate the commencement of construction of the Buderim Private Hospital. Civil and Civic were engaged to build the Hospital, and Mrs. Wilson ran the committee responsible for internal furnishings and fittings. The inaugural Hospital Board was made up of:
DIRECTORS: J.J. Barbeler J.P. Birrell Dr .A.R. Cruice W.B. Duets Dr. J.R. Wilson Dr B.C. Wolff
PROVISIONAL DIRECTOR: S.A Nielsen
On the 2 February 2000, the Buderim Private Hospital was purchased by UnitingCare Health, a not-for-profit organisation operated by the Uniting Church. After consultation with staff, doctors and the community, the hospital name was changed to The Sunshine Coast Private Hospital to reflect the fact that the hospital's vision was to service the entire coast region.
The Sunshine Coast Private Hospital is a not-for-profit facility which reinvests any surplus funds into the healthcare needs of our region. Over the past 10 years, the hospital has spent almost $60 million on the Buderim site, with new operating theatres, the latest diagnostic and treatment equipment, new cardiovascular theatres, a day surgery, a stand-alone mental health unit, additional wards for patients and more.
On Tuesday 6 July 2010, former Queensland Premier Mike Ahern returned to celebrate the Hospital’s 30th anniversary.
At The Sunshine Coast Private Hospital at Buderim, we are proud of the high level of patient care we provide. This commitment to quality and service has seen our facility receive many awards, including:
- 2014 HCF Member Survey - Top 10 Hospitals in Australia
- 2014 Studer Group - International Hardwiring Excellence Award
- 2013 Sunshine Coast Business Excellence Award – Hall of Fame Winner
- 2011 H&CS Workforce Council Award for Workplace Innovation
- 2011 Medibank Private Australian Maternity Unit of the Year
- 2010 SAI Global People Category Winner (Aust)
- 2008 Sunshine Coast Business Excellence Award category winner
The Sunshine Coast is well known as a holiday destination for visitors from intrastate, interstate and overseas. In the last few decades, it has experienced exponential growth as more and more people decided that they wanted to live this laid-back sub-tropical lifestyle every day, not just on holidays. The Sunshine Coast, which stretches from Caloundra in the south to Cooloola in the north, has become one of Australia’s fastest growing areas Australia.
With an average of 300 sunny days every year and average temperatures ranging from 21 to 29 degrees, a fantastic natural environment of beaches, mountains and rivers, friendly local communities, an excellent university and high quality private and state schools, job opportunities in government and private enterprise including tourism, retail, creative industries, building and construction and more, plus great dining and shopping, this area is a great place to live, work and play.
That’s one of the main reasons that this region has been able to attract such a high level of talent who now work on the Coast. Business people, artists, professionals, musicians and health professionals from around Australia and the world now call the Sunshine Coast home. The Sunshine Coast Private Hospital at Buderim is proud to be associated with the many high level medical personnel who are part of our community and work at our hospital.
The popularity of the Sunshine Coast as a ‘Sea Change’ or ‘Tree Change’ lifestyle option means our population will continue to expand, increasing the demand for high quality medical services even more.