Conference to shine spotlight on health hub 'ripple effect'
Academics, businesspeople and government officials will come together on Thursday, 11 August to participate in a half-day conference which will consider whether the Sunshine Coast is positioned to successfully deliver an economic ‘ripple effect’ similar to those being experienced by comparable health precincts nationally and internationally.
The ‘Realising the Ripple Effect’ conference – being hosted by the Sunshine Coast Business Council – will take place at the Maroochy RSL Events Centre and will focus largely on the impacts posed by the multi-billion-dollar Sunshine Coast Health Campus.
Sunshine Coast Business Council Chair Sandy Zubrinich said the upcoming event would feature a keynote address from Macroplan Dimasi Executive Chairman Brian Haratsis who will share his insights as to how the Sunshine Coast region can better leverage the enormous investment that has been made to-date in the Kawana health precinct and how it could become a centre of excellence for medical research and innovation.”
“Brian is a best-selling author and futurist and is regarded as one of the country’s leading economic and strategic advisors operating in the property sector,” Ms Zubrinich said.
“He has a wealth of experience in the delivery of major projects and forecasting future trends, so I am confident he will be able to share some valuable information around how the new health precinct will influence our region and what needs to be done to prepare for the changes.”
Ms Zubrinich said with the Sunshine Coast Health Campus forecast to inject more than $3 billion into the local economy followed by a further $447 million per year once the Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital is operational, it was essential that secure foundations were in place to support the strong economic growth predicted for the region.
“The Sunshine Coast is already beginning to experience some of the economic benefits presented by the health campus and now is the time to ride the wave of opportunity and attract further investment to the region.”
“Business, industry and government need to work together to identify how we can best leverage off this significant development and put steps in place to ensure our region prospers. This conference will strongly encourage forward-planning so our region can thrive over the long term and capitalize on the opportunities.”
Ms Zubrinich said while Kawana-based businesses would undoubtedly reap the rewards of having the Sunshine Coast Health Campus in their backyard, the positive impacts would also be felt across the broader Sunshine Coast region.
“The ripple effect stemming from the new development will be widespread and extend far beyond the health sector and the suburbs immediately surrounding the precinct.”
“The impact will be vast and across all industries — whether it’s the provision of accommodation, laundry services, floral arrangements, servicing of equipment, IT support or even hospitality offerings, a broad range of services will be required to support the new health hub.”
In addition to the keynote address being delivered by Mr Haratsis, event attendees will also have the opportunity to hear presentations from KPMG’s James Matthews, University of the Sunshine Coast Professor Marianne Wallis, Kawana Chamber of Commerce President Linda Delamotte, Stockland Sunshine Coast Regional Manager Ben Simpson and Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson.
“We are delighted to have such high calibre speakers presenting as part of the event and look forward to hearing about the opportunities available for small-to-medium-size enterprises as well as the learnings we can draw from other existing health campuses.”
Ms Zubrinich said the upcoming conference would also include a panel discussion regarding the readiness of the public and private sectors to harness the economic and health benefits on offer.
The ‘Realising the Ripple Effect’ conference will be held at the Maroochy RSL Events Centre on Thursday, 11 August from 2pm. Tickets cost $85 for Sunshine Coast Business Council members and $95 for non-members and can be purchased at www.trybooking.com/207448. Bookings close on Friday, 5 August.
For more information, please visit www.scbusinesscouncil.com.au.
The ‘Realising the Ripple Effect’ conference
2pm Thursday, 11 August 2016
Maroochy RSL Events Centre
About the presenters
Brian Haratsis is a best-selling author, futurist, thought leader and is regarded by corporate Australia as the leading economic and strategic advisor operating in the property sector locally and internationally.
Brian is the Chairman of MacroPlan Dimasi, the company he originally established in 1985 as MacroPlan. He has devoted the last 30 years to his loyal client base through the delivery of effective business and property strategy, precise forecasting of niche trends, successful facilitation of strategic outcomes and successful delivery of major projects and policies.
His new thinking is currently transforming projects in residential communications, aged care and mixed use development.
Ben is a passionate and innovative community builder with over 20 years of experience in the property development industry. His unique approach to development has enabled him to fill a range of senior roles over the last 13 years at Stockland.
At present, Ben is the Regional Manager at Stockland for the Sunshine Coast region, managing a team of 40 people and five community development projects, comprising a third of Stockland’s future residential development portfolio and two city building projects, Aura and Oceanside.
Ben will deliver an interesting update as to the status of the Aura and Oceanside projects.
James is an associate director with KPMG Government Advisory practice. He specialises in economic development strategy and analysis as well as urban economics policy development.
Throughout his career James has been involved in a range of investment attraction and business case development exercises that considered the relative economic benefits of alternative infrastructure investment scenarios. He is also a national director for Economic Development Australia.
Recently James completed an engagement for the Queensland Government to prepare a series of precinct profiles and investment opportunity analyses for five South-East Queensland health and knowledge precincts, including the Sunshine Coast.
Linda Delamotte has been the President of Kawana Chamber of Commerce for the past two years.
Linda commenced her career as a nurse, followed by 10 years in various project management and management roles in the public sector. In 2009, Linda graduated with a Master of Business Administration from the University of the Sunshine Coast and in 2010 she established Your Home Care, a business that combines her knowledge of both health and business.
Linda's passion is helping business people succeed and in addition to the Kawana Chamber, she is also a member of the Sunshine Coast Business Alliance; a mentor with Generation Innovation, which empowers young people to achieve their business goal; and she shares her experiences with many business people to help them succeed.
Marianne Wallis is Professor of Nursing at University of the Sunshine Coast. She is the Research Portfolio Leader for the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine, a visiting research fellow with Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service and an adjunct professor at Griffith University. Prior to arriving at USC Marianne was the Foundation Professor in Clinical Nursing Research at Griffith University; a joint appointment with Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service. In this appointment she was involved in developing the strategic plan for health research prior to the opening of the Gold Coast University Hospital.
Marianne is a passionate researcher focused on health services redesign and improved client outcomes. She leads multidisciplinary teams that have attracted over $10m of research funding and has published over 120 scientific publications.
Maroochy RSL Events Centre, Maroochydore
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