Working for SCHHS

Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service currently employs more than 6000 people, and is one of the largest employers on the Sunshine Coast.

Sunshine Coast Hospital Health Service provides a work environment that is safe, satisfying, flexible and promotes a healthy work-life balance.

Your skills can help us shape the future of healthcare in this region. Select a topic below to find out more about working for the health service.

Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service (SCHHS) vacancies

Competitive salary and employee benefits

Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service provides employees with attractive remuneration packagesDetailed salary information relating to your specific employment stream  is available from Queensland Health.

Salary packaging

Salary packaging (also known as 'salary sacrifice') allows eligible employees to pay for expenses with money from their salary before tax is taken out. By reducing your pre-tax income, you reduce the amount of income tax you pay, and therefore increase the amount of pay you take home each fortnight.

Eligible health service employees may able to sacrifice expenses including:

You are eligible to participate in salary sacrifice arrangements if your employment is:

Two salary packaging administrators, RemServ and SmartSalary are responsible for the management of Queensland Health employees' salary packaging arrangements.

To find out more about your salary packaging options contact either RemServ on 1300 30 40 10 or SmartSalary on 1300 218 598.

Fringe Benefit Tax exemption

Employees in the health sector who are eligible for the Fringe Benefits Tax exemption cap are able salary package the widest variety of benefits. This is a way for staff within health services to be rewarded for the important services they provide.

The FBT consequences for employees participating in salary sacrificing will differ depending on eligibility or otherwise for the FBT exemption cap and whether you receive any non-salary sacrifice fringe benefits, as explained in the Queensland Health Salary Packaging Information Booklet and the Participation Agreement.

To be eligible for the FBT exemption cap all of your employment assignments across Queensland Health (i.e. the Department and HHSs) must be exclusively in and for the designated public hospital business areas.

You need to be aware that non-salary sacrifice fringe benefits have first priority in applying the FBT exemption cap. Non-salary sacrifice fringe benefits are those provided by the department or HHS outside of the salary sacrifice arrangements (e.g. includes private use of a work vehicle, accommodation assistance, living away from home allowances).

The FBT exemption cap is not an employee entitlement. It is a taxation concession for limited categories of employers under the requirements of the FBT legislation. Employees are potentially able to achieve a tax saving through paying for benefit items with pre-tax salary through the salary sacrifice arrangements.

Superannuation

Queensland public sector employees will be able to choose the fund to which they can have their superannuation contributions paid, which is known as choice of fund.

At the same time, QSuper will become an open fund which means that anyone can become a member of QSuper.

QSuper will remain the Queensland Government’s default fund for our employees, which means that your superannuation contributions will continue to be made to QSuper if you don’t choose another fund.

Full details on superannuation can be found at the QSuper website.

Learning and development opportunities

We promote personal and professional development and the opening of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital has increased opportunities for career advancement and diversification.

Clinical training

At Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service a range of ongoing clinical training occurs for nursing, medical and allied health staff. Graduate clinical education is also supported across clinical streams with graduate placement in medicine, mental health, nursing and midwifery, medical imaging, pharmacy and allied health. Education for undergraduates and post graduate students is provided collaboratively with other education providers.

Our Practice Development Model for nursing and midwifery education service delivery has demonstrated success across a range of outcomes. The model has been recognised at state, national and international levels as providing an example of leadership in learning culture development.

The success of the model within the health service nursing and midwifery has led to progressing discussions and exploring opportunities for adaptation of the framework across all disciplines. The model will support the transition to a tertiary training facility and underpin a contemporary interdisciplinary education service.

The Sunshine Coast Health Institute (SCHI), part of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) will continue to increase clinical training and simulation-based learning opportunities across the health service.

Graduate program

The Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service Graduate Program is a 12-month full-time program. Graduates will undertake diverse rotations and may have the opportunity to apply for permanent vacancies.

As a graduate with the health service, you may contribute to the development and implementation of health programs; conduct research and analysis; or prepare documents which will be used to develop health policies moving forward. You will play a meaningful role in serving the public within our communities.

Staff health, wellbeing and fitness

Health4Life

The Health4Life program has been designed specifically for Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service (SCHHS) employees.

It aims to develop a workplace culture and environment that supports healthy lifestyle behaviours, and motivates SCHHS employees to maintain good health and wellbeing.

There is a broad range of Health4Life activities and services on offer for SCHHS employees.

Fitness Passport

Fitness Passport is part of the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service's Health4Life - staff health, wellbeing and fitness program.

Fitness Passport is a corporate health and fitness program that allows members to access a wide range of local health and fitness suppliers. Fitness Passport allows SCHHS staff to visit gyms and pools in the region, as often as you like, using your Fitness Passport card. This includes a staff gym at Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH), run by EfM Health Clubs.

The purpose of Fitness Passport is to inspire a greater number of employees to exercise regularly by delivering a program that represents excellent value and provides plenty of variety.

Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPD)

On and from 1 July 2016 applicants seeking to be engaged for or on behalf of Queensland Health must provide documentary evidence to verify that they are either vaccinated against or that they are not susceptible to any of the VPDs listed below prior to an offer of engagement.

Risk criteria Vaccine preventable diseases
Roles that have direct contact with patients or who in the course of their work may be exposed to blood/body fluids or contaminated sharps.

  • Hepatitis B
Roles that have contact that would allow acquisition and/or transmission of measles, mumps, rubella, varicella or pertussis. This applies to roles in which:

  • work requires face to face contact with patients,or
  • normal work location is in a clinical area such as a ward, emergency department or outpatient clinic, or work frequently requires them to attend clinical areas.
  • Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)
  • Varicella (chicken pox)
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)

Corporate partners offering advantages through Wishlist

Through the Sunshine Coast Health Foundation, Wishlist, staff are able to take advantage of offers from corporate partners within Wishlist’s Alliance Program, and through WishlistConnect.

Staff are offered tailor-made products or services specifically designed for staff through Wishlist’s corporate partners.

Strong leadership and strategic direction

Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service is governed by the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Board. The Board works with the health service’s Executive Leadership Team to set the strategic direction for the health service. The Board is committed to improving the health of the community by enabling:

  • innovation, flexibility and value for money
  • engagement with community and staff
  • partnerships and collaboration
  • initiatives contributing to research, learning and teaching.