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Townsville region welcomes new doctors

21st January 2019

Media Alert

What: JCU GP training Introductory Workshop for new registrars
When: Monday 21 January 8:00am – 5:00pm & Tuesday 22 January 8:15am - 3:45pm (details of media opportunities below)
Where: James Cook University GP office, Level 3, Clinical Practice Building, 1 James Cook Drive, Douglas
Who: Queensland doctors undertaking their GP training with JCU

The Townsville region is set for an injection of new doctors as the latest round of budding General Practitioners (GP) begins their training today.Up to 25 registrars will attend a two-day introductory workshop for James Cook University’s GP training program, at the Douglas Campus.

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.

Fourteen registrars will remain in the Townsville region at various regional clinics and hospitals.

JCU Director of GP training, Associate Professor Peta-Ann Teague said they will join approximately 100 doctors currently training with JCU in the region.

“Over the past three years the program has produced 48 qualified GPs in the Townsville region alone, of which 40 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.


Media Opportunity for interviews and footage/photography:

A JCU GP Medical Educator and GP registrar will be available for interview on Monday 21 January, from 12noon to 12:30pm.

For additional photo/video opportunities, a mock GP training exercise can be arranged on Monday 22 January from 12 noon to 12:30pm. 

To arrange an interview please contact:

Tara Evans – Communications and Engagement
E: M: 0428 442 633

Katrina Cordes – Townsville Team Leader
E: M: 0459 878 690

Dr Ciara Ross – Medical Educator
E: T: 0437 856 569

Editors Notes:
JCU facilitates specialist GP 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 GP training with JCU, visit

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