Our history

A black and white historical photograph of the original Buderim Private Hospital building when it opened in 1980, with wide verandas and rainforest surrounds.

Established in 1980, Buderim Private Hospital was the brainchild of Mrs Elsa Wilson, who felt her husband, a local GP, and his patients should not have to travel to Nambour for hospitalisation.

In 1977, Mrs Wilson brought together two general surgeons, two GPs, a solicitor and an architect for a dinner in her home, to present her vision. A market feasibility study by QIT followed, and the original committee of six expanded.

On 30 June 1979, Civil and Civic commenced construction of Buderim Private Hospital. Michael Ahern MLA, member for Landsborough, dedicated a stone to mark the occasion. Mrs Wilson, meanwhile, ran the committee responsible for internal furnishings and fittings.

The inaugural Hospital Board was made up of:

  • Directors: J.J. Barbeler; J.P. Birrell; Dr A.R. Cruice; W.B. Duets; Dr. J.R. Wilson; Dr B.C. Wolff.
  • Provision director: S.A. Nielsen.

On the 2 February 2000, UnitingCare purchased Buderim Private Hospital and the name was changed to The Sunshine Coast Private Hospital, following consultation with staff, doctors and the community.

On 21 November 2017, we once again became known as Buderim Private Hospital in response to strong feedback from patients, employees and the medical community.

The name change makes our physical location much clearer to the entire Sunshine Coast community, including our accessibility to the Maroochydore CBD, Caloundra in the south, Noosa in the north and hinterland towns such as Maleny.

Proudly not for profit, Buderim Private Hospital reinvests any surplus funds into the healthcare needs of our region.

In 2020, we celebrated 40 years of providing one-on-one care from the heart to the Sunshine Coast community.