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New doctors for regional Queensland

22nd January 2018

Dozens of doctors will commence their General Practice (GP) training in Townsville today, before heading off to fill much-needed placements in clinics and hospitals across regional and remote Queensland.

More than 35 registrars will attend a three-day introductory workshop for James Cook University’s GP training program, Generalist Medical Training (GMT), at the University’s Townsville Campus.

They are part of a cohort of more than 130 doctors state-wide, embarking on their studies at workshops in Cairns, Townsville, Hervey Bay, and the Sunshine Coast.

Twenty-nine registrars will remain in the Townsville region, at various regional and remote clinics and hospitals, to undertake their training.

What:              GMT Introductory Workshop for new registrars

When:             Monday 22 January 8:00am - 4:00pm & Tuesday 23 January 8:30am - 3:30pm

Where:            GMT Townsville Office, Level 3 of the Clinical Practice Building, James Cook University Townsville Campus

Who:               Queensland Doctors undertaking their Generalist Medical Training with JCU

Media Opportunity for interviews and footage/photography:

A GP Registrar will be available for interview on Monday 22 January, at 10:00am or 12noon, or on Tuesday 23 January at 11:00am or 1:15pm

For additional photo/video opportunities, a mock GP training exercise can be arranged on Monday 22 January after 11:00am or 1:15pm, or on Tuesday 23 January after 11:00am or 1:15pm.

GMT Director, Associate Professor Peta-Ann Teague said the new training GPs will service communities across Queensland, most of which are in need of a health workforce.

“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."

At the workshops, registrars will cover requirements of the training programs, information about Medicare and resources. They will also meet their training supervisors, mentors and colleagues, as well as the support staff from JCU, and participate in simulated learning sessions.

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To arrange an interview please contact Tianna Graham E: tianna.graham@jcu.edu.au M: 0428 442 633 or Carlie Sage E: carlie.sage@jcu.edu.au M: 0435 796 480

Editors Notes:

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 www.gmt.edu.au

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