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Training reforms to increase doctors in regional, rural and remote Australia

14th November 2017

James Cook University (JCU) will work closely with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) to implement reforms to training of general practitioners.

Health Minister Greg Hunt announced changes to the administration of the Australian General Practice Training program in his speech at the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners conference earlier this month. The reforms seek to increase the number of Australian doctors working in regional, rural and remote areas, and will take effect from 2022.

JCU’s Director of Medical Education, Professor Tarun Sen Gupta, says the changes will benefit regional, rural and remote areas, and doctors who train and work in these areas.

“For decades rural and remote regions across north and western Queensland have struggled to attract and retain specialist GPs,” he said.

“James Cook University is working to address the crisis through its specialist GP training program to build a rural, regional and remote health workforce for the most underserved regions across the state, and we are pleased the Government is focusing efforts in this area,” Professor Sen Gupta said.

JCU’s Generalist Medical Training (GMT) program is contracted by the Australian Department of Health to deliver the Australian General Practice Training program in North Western Queensland. GMT’s Director Professor Peta-Ann Teague says JCU will work closely with the Australian Government and the colleges throughout the transition period to support GP registrar training and ensure there is a limited impact on supervisors and others involved in the training program.

“We will continue our role in delivering training across North Western Queensland and look forward to working with the Government and our stakeholders on ensuring these reforms meet the needs of doctors undertaking GP training and regional, rural and remote communities they serve,” Professor Teague said.

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About GMT

Generalist Medical Training (GMT) is James Cook University’s (JCU) specialist training program within the College of Medicine and Dentistry.  This program has been contracted by the Australian Government Department of Health to deliver Australian General Practice training (AGPT) in North Western Queensland. The AGPT program is a vocational training program for medical graduates (registrars) who are pursuing a career in the specialty of General Practice.

Further information

Please contact Tianna Graham, JCU College of Medicine and Dentistry Communications Team Leader M: 0428 442 633 / E: tianna.graham@jcu.edu.au

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