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James Cook University (JCU) provides training in the medical specialty of general practice (GP) through their GP training program. It is delivered through the College of Medicine and Dentistry under contract to the Australian Government and is part of the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program.
The AGPT program is a postgraduate vocational training program for medical graduates pursuing a career in General Practice. The program provides training towards fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and/or the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).
James Cook University aims to meet the needs of the diverse communities of our region, with a focus on rural, remote and underserved communities, and the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The College of Medicine and Dentistry was established in 2000 and was the first medical school in Australia to be entirely regionally located.
Our regional location enables a distinctive approach which focusses on meeting priority needs of regional Queensland including working towards a workforce of graduates with an aptitude for service in rural, remote, regional and underserved locations, and in meeting the health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
The Commonwealth Government chose James Cook University to deliver GP training to the North Western Queensland training region from 1 January 2016. This was the first time an Australian university was selected to provide training for medical graduates seeking to become general practitioners.
Regional offices were established to provide local delivery of education and training and to meet local needs.