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A new generation of general practitioners is calling Bundaberg home thanks to a locally administered training program.
James Cook University’s (JCU) General Practice Training program is helping to address the GP shortage in Bundaberg, with 29 doctors currently completing general practitioner training across the Bundaberg region.
Dr Denise Powell, JCU Senior Fellow and owner of Millbank Medical Practice in Bundaberg, has worked as a GP in the Bundaberg district for 40 years and says it’s exciting to see positive outcomes.
“JCU is helping address the needs of regional, rural and remote Queensland by delivering a fit-for-practice workforce, and training GPs who have
“We are starting to see positive results from a long-term commitment and investment in training for young doctors in this community.
“Bundaberg became a training hub for third and
Dr Powell thanks the Bundaberg community for the important role it’s played in supporting junior doctors.
“It takes a whole community effort, and patients are vital to the process”.
Dr Drew Speight, a GP at Burnett Medical Centre in Bundaberg, has been supervising GP Registrars in Bundaberg for the past four years and recently joined the JCU's General Practice Training program as a Medical Educator. Dr Speight has been
“Through JCU's training program, we are building the pipeline and encouraging more GPs to base themselves outside of the major cities. I feel privileged to be involved in helping guide these doctors through their training,” he says.
Dr Josiah Manteit is one of the new
“My partner and I came to Bundaberg as students, and we both really enjoyed living
“Doctors in regional, rural and remote areas get to experience a huge variety of practice, and no two days are the same. I strongly encourage other doctors to consider coming to Bundaberg, as it’s a wonderful place to train, work, and live”.