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New GPs for regional, rural and remote Queensland

19th February 2020

James Cook University has welcomed more than 90 new budding General Practitioners to training posts from as far south as the Sunshine Coast to Australia’s most northern tip in the Torres Strait, and west to the Northern Territory border.

Most of the new GP registrars attended introductory workshops in either Cairns, Hervey Bay, Maroochydore or Townsville before embarking on their GP training through JCU at posts around the state.

Up to 34 registrars attended the three-day introductory workshop at the University’s Cairns City Campus. Among the newest recruits are doctors who’ll take up rural, remote and very remote GP training places across the far north and west of the state.

Nineteen future GPs attended the introductory sessions in Hervey Bay. Eight of the doctors will remain working in the region, while 11 will take up positions in clinics around central Queensland.

Thirteen registrars attended the training on the Sunshine Coast. Eleven of whom will remain working at various GP clinics around the region, while the others have taken up more rural placements.

While in Townsville, 19 GP trainees attended the introductory workshops at JCU’s Douglas campus, of which 17 are joining the more than 80 GP registrars already training in a variety of clinics and hospitals around the region.

James Cook University has been running General Practice training across north and western Queensland for more than four years. It is the only Australian university contracted by the Federal Government to roll out its’ GP training program, AGPT.

JCU Director of GP training, Associate Professor Peta-Ann Teague said the new recruits will bring the total number of GPs training through JCU this year to more than 520.

“Over the past four years the JCU GP training program has produced close to 500 qualified GPs across the training region, which takes in around 90 percent of the state.”

“Our doctors practice across Queensland in regional, rural and remote communities to improve health outcomes where it’s needed most”.

"We dedicate time and resources to matching applicants to the training posts that will benefit their careers as well as the community. The training posts provide the opportunity to develop an extended scope of practice unique to rural and remote locations."

“JCU has a strong record of producing a skilled workforce for northern Australia and this new cohort of GPs will add to that legacy."

At the workshops, the registrars covered the requirements of the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program. They also had the chance to meet their mentors and colleagues, as well as the JCU support staff and participate in simulated learning sessions.

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