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Message from the Director of JCU GP training

21 March 2022
It’s been a strong start to 2022 as we welcomed new doctors-in-training and began the training year anew, backed by the societal hope that the worst scenarios and restrictions of COVID-19 are behind us. Despite global events, we are part of a national community who rally behind family, friends and colleagues in communities affected by drought and flooding, and now join in international support for displaced people in an unjust conflict.

This year we remain focussed on the delivery of supportive and quality training and look to a collaborative transition to College-led training in 2023. James Cook University (JCU) continues its commitment to a ‘with, in and for’ approach to regional, rural, remote and indigenous communities across Queensland.

Our delivery of end-to-end training of medical students through to general practitioner registrars is building a fit-for-purpose workforce. This unique approach to training enables registrars to acquire knowledge, skills, competencies, self-efficacy, and values in rural generalist medicine and become effective global citizens serving the needs of our underserved communities.

Across our vast training region in Queensland, we have 144 new registrars who have commenced clinical placements in hospital training terms, community General Practice, Aboriginal Medical Services, or training to develop further specialised skills.

Through determining suitable clinical placements, early career training advice, introductory workshops, small group learning, and orientation, registrars are supported into General and Rural Practice.

In 2022, we continue to value our strong collaborative working relationships, with 362 accredited training posts where 530 registrars currently train under the high-quality supervision, oversight and tutelage of experienced and expert clinical supervisors, medical educators and 11 regionally distributed training node teams.

With easing of COVID restrictions, we are ever mindful of public health measures, yet determined to deliver high quality training and support community of learning practices. COVID-19 will leave some lasting impacts, some positive like tele-ECT visits, less emphasis on close contact exclusion, and unlikely to limit opportunities or progress through training, education, or clinical work.

Can I encourage you, be kind on yourself and look out for each other, get involved in your local communities, form communities of practice, study groups, or peer learning. JCU will assist you to optimise your training, yet often the greatest personal and professional fulfillment comes from the extracurricular involvements in your community. Be inspired by those around you, and follow our Facebook page to be inspired by the stories of your colleagues (and share your story with our team at  

Each training officer, team leader, medical educator, supervisor and manager in the GP training team at JCU are here for you so that you can ‘Be There. For Them.’ This is the new slogan for the 2023 AGPT campaign, so if you know anyone interested in training as a GP in our region share this message and our resources.

2022 is shaping up to be a promising year, and we look forward to sharing it with you.

At JCU, we continue to be supportive of the Commonwealth Government rural health imperatives, and the vital importance of developing a pipeline and a sustainable clinical workforce in comprehensive primary health care, general practice and rural generalism.

This forms the basis for a promising future in college-led training beyond 2023.

Lawrie McArthur, Director

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