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Our training program

Looking for a career with adventure, skills and impact? 

General Practitioners (GPs) play a vital role and are at the heart of providing healthcare to communities. An exciting, clinically diverse and challenging career is what attracts many to the specialty. As a GP you have a great opportunity to make a real difference in the health of your patients and communities. Through forming close relationships with your patients over a lifetime, you’ll find a career as a GP to be satisfying and rewarding. 


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Why train with JCU?

Are you ready for a challenging and rewarding career? James Cook University (JCU) offers registrars the opportunity for a career with adventure, skills and impact. General Practice training in rural and remote Queensland offers many exciting opportunities to registrars and equips them with the skills to work anywhere, from regional, rural and remote communities and beyond.

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Applications for the AGPT 2020 final intake 

Applications have now closed for AGPT's 2020 final intake.  

How to apply 

Associate Professor Peta-Ann Teague and Associate Professor Lawrie McArthur answer your questions about the AGPT program and training with JCU. Watch the webinar below. 

Experience has no substitute 

Wide scope of practice

Develop a wide scope of skills and experience opportunities you wouldn’t find anywhere else. You’ll see a diverse range of cases and treat a variety of conditions. So what makes GP training with JCU in regional Queensland different?  It could include farming injuries, snake bites, tropical diseases and infections, emergency presentations, chronic diseases, anaesthetics, obstetrics, just to name a few. With low resources and limited specialists, you’ll gain experience dealing with a variety of work and be equipped with the skills to work in regional, rural and remote communities and beyond. You'll be supported along the way by passionate educators with a wealth of rural and remote experience. 

Succeed with JCU

Be well supported throughout your training with JCU. Guidance and support from experienced, dedicated and inspirational supervisors and medical educators. Support is not far away, with a dedicated JCU team in each region including medical educators and administrators to help you excel. Remote registrars form close support networks with other registrars and benefit from flexible training through innovative online virtual classrooms. Receive support not only from medical educators and supervisors but from the community.

Make a difference

Discover a rewarding and satisfying career as a rural GP in Queensland. Rural and remote communities have lower levels of access to healthcare services. You can help close the gap between city and rural health with JCU's GP training program. Improve the health of underserved communities including rural, remote and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Training with JCU will give you the opportunity to make a real difference to those communities who need it most.

Be part of the community

From large cattle and sheep properties, through to mining and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. You'll quickly become a part of the community in which you work and live.

Vivid and diverse landscapes and settings

From glorious beaches and mountains, hinterlands, spectacular rainforests, rich farmland, to wide savannah country, wilderness and the red soil of the Australian outback. JCU’s GP training program serves a population of over 1.6 million people across a large and diverse geographic area. The settings in which you train are also diverse, from private practices to rural and remote hospitals.

Hear why our registrars love their GP training experience with JCU 


"I have managed more stuff on my own than I would have in a bigger city hospital. Your career advancement can be fantastic because you are more likely to get better references, you are more likely to develop better relationships with the people who decide who works where than you are in a big city." 
-  Dr Marco Giuseppin, JCU GP Registrar, Wide Bay region  



"You feel like part of the one community. Everyone is there to support each other. Everywhere you go, everyone is happy to wave hello, stop and have a chat, have a bit of a yarn and make you feel a part of not only their community but their family." 
-  Dr Allison Hempenstall, JCU GP Registrar, Thursday Island



"I would recommend JCU’s GP training because it provides a strong education program with very useful resources available and a lot of support for registrars working in a rural and remote context. Working in a rural and remote location can be very isolating, JCU is very good at providing that connection and appreciation that we are all in this together."
- Dr David Molhoek, JCU GP Registrar, Emerald


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