STARS Herston
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The Surgical, Treatment and Rehabilitation Service (STARS), a specialist public health facility currently under construction at the Herston Health Precinct, has been developed in partnership between the Metro North Hospital and Health Service and The University of Queensland with a goal to lead innovation in care, training and research in specialist surgical and complex rehabilitation services.

The state-of-the-art facility is to be operated by Metro North Hospital and Health Service and will provide specialist surgery and endoscopy, and clinical rehabilitation services for patients with a variety of conditions including brain injury and chronic pain across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

The partnership will embed clinical education and research to achieve improved outcomes for those with complex rehabilitation needs, and provide UQ students with access to a high standard of quality clinical exposure and complex rehabilitation services.

The 184-bed public centre will be one of the largest tertiary specialist rehabilitation centres in the southern hemisphere, accommodating about 100 nursing and allied health students, and will include seven operating theatres, three endoscopy procedure rooms and consultation spaces for a range of specialties.

The facility will begin clinical placements from 2021, with placements available to UQ students in nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech pathology, audiology, nutrition and dietetics, clinical psychology, social work and rehabilitation medicine.

Construction of STARS commenced in April 2018 and is anticipated to be completed in late 2020.