WHEN it comes to choosing her staff, Mater Private Hospital Springfield director Fritha Mackay has plenty of potential applicants to choose from.

Since advertising 90 positions a month ago, Mater has received more than 2500 resumes from people keen to work at the brand new $80 million facility.

Those vacancies included full and part-time positions, with up to 45 nursing roles, several oncology nursing positions and a small number of administrative and support service positions.

The high volume of applicants stunned Ms Mackay.

"To receive 2500 CVs and resumes for 90 jobs... that is just unheard of," she said.

"For every one of those 90 roles, we need to interview at least three or four people so, as you can imagine, we will be kept very busy.

"The interview process will roll out this month and continue into August."

The process of hiring new staff is the next step in ensuring the hospital is ready to open on time.

Work is still progressing on schedule, with more of the interior now being completed.

"Theatre equipment has gone into three out of the four theatre wards," Ms Mackay said.

"The equipment goes in quite early to allow for testing.

"A lot of the cabinetry has also gone in, so the staff quarters are beginning to take shape."

Outside, construction work on completing the roads and entranceways surrounding the hospital is almost finished.

Work on the facade of the building has also been running smoothly, with builders set to begin constructing the hospital's decorative wrap-around feature.

While work seems to be moving along swiftly, Ms Mackay was still reluctant to give a definite date as to when the hospital would open its doors.

She confirmed it would be by at least the end of the year.

TAKING SHAPE: Mater Private Hospital Springfield director Fritha Mackay on site, where construction work continues.
TAKING SHAPE: Mater Private Hospital Springfield director Fritha Mackay on site, where construction work continues. David Nielsen




  • The hospital is located at Springfield Central.
  • Stage one consists of an $80 million, 80 bed hospital.
  • The 10 000 m² facility will also include four operating theatres, inpatient wards, a day surgery unit and medical imaging services.
  • The cancer care centre, initially with one linear accelerator and 15 medical oncology treatment bays, will be further developed in an alliance between Mater and Radiation Oncology Queensland.
  • Mater will work closely with Springfield Land Corporation to develop the project and the master planning of Health City. Approximately 8.7 hectares of Health City has been allocated for acute hospital and primary healthcare developments with pre-planning approval obtained for up to 1200 hospital beds.
  • Work on Stage One will be completed by the end of 2015.


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