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JCU enhances ability to meet health needs in Cairns region

18th September 2018


Event: James Cook University Cairns Clinical Skills Lab opening,
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health webpage launch and artwork unveiling.

Time: 4pm, Tuesday 18 September 2018

Venue: JCU Cairns City campus, 36 Shields Street                   

Attendees: Dean of JCU’s College of Medicine and Dentistry, Professor Richard Murray, will launch the new facility, web page and artwork.

Artist Kevin Edmondstone and his family will be present, as well as representatives from local Aboriginal Medical Services.

James Cook University is expanding its presence in Cairns with the opening of a new Clinical Skills Lab at its Cairns City Campus.

The Clinical Skills Lab includes a simulated hospital ward and GP consulting rooms and will be used by JCU’s 180 Cairns-based medical students, and by qualified doctors completing GP training throughout Cairns via JCU’s general practice training program.

“Having medical students and qualified doctors working together in the same building means we can provide continuity of support for medical students and JCU graduates who are choosing to work and continue their training in Cairns,” Dean of JCU’s College of Medicine and Dentistry, Professor Richard Murray said.

Opportunities for training GPs interested in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health also extend to local medical services outside JCU facilities. The University has launched a new web page to provide details of those opportunities.

Professor Murray said the web page includes an interactive map detailing locations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander training posts, plus videos featuring the experiences of doctors working in those communities.

“It’s wonderful to see a new generation of doctors and GPs completing training in the Cairns region, and completing training in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. The new web page will help guide doctors to training posts where they can develop real skills to help close the gap in healthcare outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.”

Cairns-based Aboriginal artist Kevin Edmondstone’s vibrant acrylic painting, “Together We Live - Land & Sea”, features on the new web page.

A member of the Yidinji Clan, the artist said his work depicted the land and sea cultures of Aboriginal people in the Cairns region.

“In order to maintain the strength of the Aboriginal people, you must first understand our land and sea,” he said.

“My totem, the cassowary, represents the land on which we stand. Our rainforest presents itself in many colours and is represented by the green colours around the cassowary.

“Our seas, in which we swim, are represented by the blue colours and the sea turtle. Aboriginal people of many ages are represented by their footsteps, from beginning to end, to mark their journey through our land and our seas.”

JCU partners with a range of accredited Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services, non-community controlled Aboriginal health services, and Queensland Government health services to provide doctors and medical students with opportunities to train in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health across the Cairns region.


Interview opportunity:

To organise an interview please contact:

Robyn Dupuis (JCU College of Medicine and Dentistry)          0437 008 698

Tianna Graham (JCU Communications & Engagement)          0428 442 633

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Image 1: Aboriginal artist Kevin Edmonstone’s vibrant acrylic painting, “Together We Live - Land & Sea”, will form the banner for a new web page on JCU’s Generalist Medical Training (GMT) website.

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