CCH is a strategically located, economically complex region offering a forward-thinking, collaborative business environment. It proffers the services and infrastructure of a metropolitan centre but with the cost structure and business-community familiarity only a region can provide.

With a combined population of just over 1,000,000 people, CCH is a centre for manufacturing, mining, education and health. Its largest and fastest growing sector is Health which employs 48,500 people across a large public and private network of providers and specialists. Health is an important economic and social driver in the CCH and is recognised for the quality research and services it provides locally, and across NSW and Australia.

Health also provides a plentiful source of ‘wicked problems’ that the region’s industry base is actively collaborating to solve. Advanced manufacturers, technology providers, researchers, engineers, project managers and design thinkers are teaming up to innovate and commercialise solutions. They are delivering sophisticated responses in the areas of point-of-care testing, medical devices, process improvements and telehealth services, just to name a few.

The region has the proven smarts, track record, and infrastructure to deliver new-to-the-world innovations. Combine this with a dynamic, collaborative, future-focused attitude and the Central Coast Hunter establishes its value as a niche location for MTP.

During the COVID-19 pandemic when PPE and medical equipment was in short supply, Australia’s reliance on medical products imports was highlighted.

Strengthening and growing the nation’s manufacturing base including in the medical products sector, it is widely agreed, will help build resilience to future shocks and supply chain disruptions.

Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals (MTP) is an important growth sector for Australia. It:

  • was its 8th largest export in 2019 (measured by value)
  • is economically significant: $5.5 billion contribution to the economy—equalling 0.3% of total GDP and 41,000 jobs
  • is growing globally: in 2018, global spending on health reached US$8.3 trillion, or about 10% of global GDP. By 2050, the United Nations estimates 37% of the world’s older population (65+) will reside in Eastern and South-East Asia, necessitating increased health care
  • has untapped potential: Australian businesses already spend big on research and development with 2019 expenditure totalling $1.6 billion

Central Coast Hunter offers investors MTP-specific advantages including:

  • research excellence
  • diverse therapeutic-area expertise
  • collaborative culture
  • accessible world-class clinicians + health and research infrastructure
  • a track record of commercial success
  • a test market for new medical products and technologies

It is well serviced by transport infrastructure with daily flights to Australia’s east coast hubs from Newcastle Airport; integrated supply chain solutions to service international markets through the Port of Newcastle; and proximity to Australia’s capitals via the national freeway/highway and rail networks.

The University of Newcastle, TAFE NSW and a range of private providers deliver career-ready graduates. Long running, successful education-industry partnerships result in the provision of current, contextualised curriculum that leads to a motivated graduate pool.

With a combined population of just over 1,000,000 people, CCH is a centre for manufacturing, mining, logistics, education and health. Its largest and fastest growing sector is Health which employs 48,500 people across a large public and private network of providers and specialists. Health is an important economic and social driver in the CCH and is recognised for the quality research and services it provides locally, and across NSW and Australia.

Health also provides a plentiful source of ‘wicked problems’ that the region’s industry base is actively collaborating to solve. Advanced manufacturers, technology providers, researchers, engineers, project managers and design thinkers are teaming up to innovate and commercialise solutions. They are delivering sophisticated responses in the areas of point-of-care testing, medical devices, process improvements and telehealth services, just to name a few.

The region has the proven smarts, track record, and infrastructure to deliver new-to-the-world innovations. Combine this with a dynamic, collaborative, future-focused attitude and the Central Coast Hunter establishes its value as a niche location for MTP.