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New doctors for Barcaldine

24th January 2018

Two new doctors will soon arrive in Barcaldine via a James Cook University program training general practitioners across north western Queensland.

Husband-and-wife Dr Welwyn and Dr Priscilla Aw-Yong are part of a cohort of more than 130 doctors state-wide who are embarking on GP training through the Generalist Medical Training (GMT) program.

The doctors fill much-needed places in clinics and hospitals across regional and remote Queensland. The pair will take on new roles with the Barcaldine Hospital and Multipurpose Health Service and will work across the hospital, the GP clinic, and at local outreach clinics.

The pair attended an introductory workshop in Cairns this week, and say they are looking forward to getting settled into their new communities. “We are really looking forward to being part of a rural community and look forward to the change of scenery,” Priscilla said.

GMT Director, Associate Professor Peta-Ann Teague said the new training GPs will help to fill workforce gaps in many parts of Queensland.

“JCU has coordinated the placement of new doctors from Thursday Island to Tewantin, Mount Isa to Maroochydore, and Cairns to Cloncurry,” Associate Professor Teague said.

"We dedicate time and resources to matching applicants with training posts that will benefit their careers as well as the community. The training posts in our region provide the opportunity to develop an extended scope of practice that goes beyond urban, office-based general practice," she said.

“I’m looking forward to seeing these enthusiastic doctors make a real difference in their communities, particularly those communities who most need them. JCU has a strong record of producing a skilled workforce for northern Australia and this new cohort of GPs will add to that legacy."

GMT is JCU’s specialist training program for medical graduates pursuing a career in General Practice. JCU is contracted by the Australian Department of Health to deliver the AGPT program in North Western Queensland. For more information about Generalist Medical Training visit



Husband and wife Dr Welwyn and Dr Priscilla Aw-Yong are looking forward to being part of a rural community.

Further information

Carlie Sage - JCU College of Medicine and Dentistry / 0435 796 480 or Tianna Graham / 0428 442 633.

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