Griffith Health Centre and Gold Coast University Hospital
The future of health is here.
The Gold Coast is poised to become an Australian health heartland with Griffith University at its centre.
A unique Health and Knowledge Precinct has developed around the Griffith Gold Coast campus, with the opening of the $150-million Griffith Health Centre and the $1.76-billion Gold Coast University Hospital. The co-location of Griffith University and the Gold Coast University Hospital and their new state-of-the-art facilities significantly extends the range of health and medical services on the Gold Coast—facilities that create an ideal hands-on environment for the clinical training of doctors, nurses and future health professionals.
Residents of the Gold Coast have watched with growing interest as health services in the region have been dramatically upgraded. The Health and Knowledge Precinct is the largest clinical and research facility in Australia and for health students, the training environment on the Gold Coast is second to none.
In 2013, the Gold Coast University Hospital (GCUH) was officially opened and is now at the heart of the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct, which includes the Griffith Health Centre at its new Southport Parklands location.
GCUH is now Australia’s largest hospital with 750 overnight beds, three times larger than the previous Gold Coast Hospital. It has 20 operating theatres and it was a record breaking undertaking to move all of the equipment, patients and staff to its new premises.
GCUH provides high quality treatment for patients while also offering world-class facilities for health research and teaching. New services including radiotherapy, neuroscience and cardiac surgery will open the door for students of medicine, pharmacology, dentistry, nursing and public health to train in a genuine medical environment.
Its emergency department is four times larger than the existing emergency department at Southport, and is supported by a new medical assessment unit.
The hospital complex covers 20 hectares with a floor space the size of 25 rugby fields, and is linked to the greater Gold Coast region by the light rail service on its doorstep.
Griffith University Medical School MD program
Griffith MD students will develop communication skills and learn about the art and science of medicine in its wider social and ethical context. The program comprises extensive clinical placements in health care facilities ranging from rural settings through to the new Gold Coast University Hospital. Students will also develop an understanding of the importance of lifelong learning, and learn how to be resourceful in seeking information and adapting to new technologies.
The Doctor of Medicine (MD) program at Griffith University Medical School is a graduate-entry program. As such, all applicants are to have completed or be in the final year of completing an undergraduate degree before they are eligible to apply for entry.
Applicants to the Griffith MD are encouraged from all degree backgrounds. The medical selection criteria comprise three essential components:
- Completion of a bachelor degree achieving an overall GPA of 5.00 or above on a 7-point scale
- Performance in the Graduate Medical School Admission Test (GAMSAT) or MCAT. Applicants must achieve a minimum score of 50 in each GAMSAT section; MCAT scores are required to be no more than two years old at the time of application and the minimum score for applications to be considered further is 8/8/8.
- Performance in the Griffith University Multi-Station Admissions Assessment (GUMSAA).