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Sunshine Coast welcomes new doctors

21st January 2019

Media Alert

What: JCU GP training Introductory Workshop for new registrars
When: Monday 21 January 8:00am – 5:15pm & Tuesday 22 January 8am - 4:15pm (details of media opportunities below)
Where: Mantra Mooloolaba Beach
Who: Queensland doctors undertaking their GP training with JCU

The Sunshine Coast is set for an injection of new doctors as the latest round of budding General Practitioners (GPs) begins their training today.

Up to 16 registrars will attend a two-day introductory workshop for James Cook University’s GP training program, at the Mantra Mooloolaba Beach.

They are part of a cohort of more than 120 doctors state-wide who are embarking on their studies at workshops in Cairns, Townsville, Hervey Bay, and the Sunshine Coast.

Fifteen registrars will remain in the Sunshine Coast region at various regional clinics and hospitals.

JCU Director of GP training, Associate Professor Peta-Ann Teague said they will join more than 70 doctors currently training with JCU in the region.

“Over the past three years the program has produced 51 qualified GPs in the Sunshine Coast alone, of which 45 have either stayed on or moved into the region to work.”

“Our doctors will practise across Queensland in regional, rural and remote communities to improve health outcomes where it is needed most.”

"We dedicate time and resources to matching applicants with 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, registrars will cover requirements of the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program. They will also meet their mentors and colleagues, as well as the support staff from JCU, and participate in simulated learning sessions.

ENDS

Media Opportunity for interviews and footage/photography: A Medical Educator and GP Registrar will be available for interview Monday 21 January.

Dr Nick Hummel, Sunshine Coast Lead Medical Educator, will be available for interview Monday 21 January 10am – 12.30pm. 

For additional photo/video opportunities, a mock GP training exercise can be arranged on Monday 21 January from 12noon to 12:30pm.

To arrange an interview please contact

Tianna Graham – Communications and Engagement
E: tianna.graham@jcu.edu.au M: 0436 668 880

Melinda Wood – Sunshine Coast Team Leader
E: melinda.wood@jcu.edu.au M: 0414 956 767

Dr Nick Hummel – Sunshine Coast Lead Medical Educator
E: nick.hummel@jcu.edu.au M: 0439 608 004

Editors Notes:

JCU facilitates specialist GP training 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 GP Training with JCU, visit www.gmt.edu.au

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