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Wide Bay 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 23 January 8:15am - 3:45pm (details of media opportunities below)

Where: James Cook University GP office, Madsen Medical, Suite 12 Cnr Urraween & Madsen Roads, Hervey Bay

Who:  Queensland doctors beginning their GP training with JCU

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

Up to 30 registrars will attend a two-day introductory workshop for James Cook University’s GP training program, at the University’s GP office in Hervey Bay.

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 Wide Bay region at various regional clinics and hospitals, to undertake their training.

JCU Director of GP training, Associate Professor Peta-Ann Teague said they will join approximately 50 doctors currently training with JCU in the region.

“Over the past three years the program has produced 28 qualified GPs in Wide Bay alone, of which 10 have either stayed on or moved into the region to work.”

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

To arrange an interview please contact:

Jacqui Foster – Communications and Engagement
E: M: 0436 650 613

Cindi Jackson – Wide Bay Medical Educator
E: M: 0412 215 043

Andrea Hedges – Wide Bay Team Leader
E: M: 0437 815 520

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


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