Springfield City Group has welcomed the announcement of a new purpose-built education, health and wellbeing centre that will transform the delivery of healthcare services to the Greater Springfield community.
Mater has announced the new Mater Health Hub, Springfield will open in July 2023, aiming to provide a range of health and wellbeing offerings for families.
These include clinical and allied health services and broader community programs that aim to improve health literacy. The health hub complements the existing Mater Private Hospital Springfield and the planned public hospital.
The health hub, which is under construction, will become the new home to Mater Education which is the largest non-government training organisation of nurses in Queensland.
Springfield City Group Chairman Maha Sinnathamby AM welcomed Mater’s announcement, which will provide jobs and career paths for local nursing students amongst other health professions.
“This city has been created to enhance human capital and that comes together in an announcement of this Mater Health Hub,” Mr Sinnathamby said.
“This is a wonderful addition to this city and it will not only improve health literacy and health outcomes for our residents but it will also provide key education opportunities in this field.”
Mater has announced it will develop the site with HealthCo Healthcare & Wellness, signing a 10-year lease agreement for 4150sqm.
The health hub will include state-of-the-art simulation rooms for student training as well as a childcare centre, café and gym.
As a major training epicentre for Mater Education, local students will learn through hands-on experience at the nearby Mater Private Hospital Springfield.
Currently under construction, Mater Health Hub will incorporate services currently offered at Brookwater Health Clinic, including specialist consulting rooms, along with a new Mater Pathology, a large GP practice and a chemist.
Mater Executive Director of Residential Care and Community Services Dr Fiona Hinchliffe said the health hub would mark a new era in healthcare delivery for Mater.
“We want to provide the Springfield community with innovative and contemporary health and wellbeing services that cater for the whole family, eliminating the need for people to travel to Brisbane, Ipswich or even Gold Coast to receive the care they need,” Dr Hinchliffe said.
“Mater is committed to growing a local healthcare workforce in Springfield and providing a career path for young people living in the area.
Dr Hinchliffe said the new hub, along with the expansion of Mater Private Hospital Springfield, “demonstrates Mater’s continued investment and commitment to ensuring that this thriving community has access to the comprehensive family services it needs and deserves”.