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Thursday, March 9th, 2017

JCU researchers say rural children’s oral health in question

James Cook University researchers say children in rural Queensland are three times more likely to be admitted to hospital for dental problems than in other parts of the state.

The team from JCU’s Anton Breinl Research Centre for Health Systems Strengthening, funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, looked at three rural communities within 400 kilometres of Townsville. The names of the towns have not been publicly released.

JCU researchers say rural children's oral health in question

Dr Karen Carlisle (Photo: JCU)

Dr Karen Carlisle said although these communities were better served than those in more remote locations, access to services was still an issue for many community members.

“Children under 14 were three times more likely to be hospitalised for dental conditions when compared to residents of the rest of Queensland,” she said.

Dr Carlisle said JCU researchers had been working in the communities for a number of years and suspected overall oral health was poor, but now they had the hard data to back this up.

She said they had some unexpected results, too.

“Indigenous persons living in Queensland as a whole are already more than three times as likely to be hospitalised for a dental condition than non-Indigenous people,” said Dr Carlisle. “But this pattern worsened only slightly in the particular rural communities we looked at.”

The researchers said that parents or caregivers play a crucial role in influencing children’s oral health and rural children under 14 years may not be accessing public oral health services in proportion to their need. They said strengthening health promotion though schools, community events and primary health care is vital.

Co-author Professor Sarah Larkins said there were a number of recognised reasons for the poor oral health of rural communities and that the social determinants of health play a major role.

“There are problems with the retention of the oral health workforce in rural areas and reduced availability of oral health services. There may be less access to fluoridated water and the social determinants of ill health, such as poverty and low levels of education, are all more prevalent in rural and remote areas.”

She said the stoicism of rural people and difficulties in accessing care tended to encourage them to tolerate oral health problems until they became acute.

Professor Larkins said the findings highlight the vital importance of a collaborative approach to planning and service delivery to improve oral health for rural communities.

JCU partners with communities in research to try to make services work better for people living and working in the bush. This extends to frontline engagement too.

“The university sends its health professional students, including dentistry students, to remote and rural regions on placements, to do outreach in schools and encourages its graduates to return back to rural and remote areas to work after graduation,” said Professor Larkins.

Dr Felicity Croker said the communities JCU has focused on have been very receptive to working with students and academics.

“They have really taken charge of improving the oral health in their community, particularly for the younger members of their community.  Engaging these communities in changing the direction of their own health care means that the changes are more likely to be appropriate and sustainable.”

By Prof Larkins

JCU Bachelor of Dental Surgery

The BDS program at JCU is a five-year undergraduate degree that provides students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to become competent practitioners of dentistry. It is a broad-based program which includes all aspects of dental practice but also has a special focus on issues of special concern to the northern Australian region, particularly those relating to tropical, rural and Indigenous practice.

Program: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
Location: Cairns, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2017

Entry requirements

1. High School

These qualifications are considered on an individual basis, subject to satisfying prerequisite requirements.

  • A minimum of 92% average from grade 12 subjects.
  • Completion of prerequisites in English, Calculus, and Chemistry at a grade 12 level or higher.

2. Partially or fully completed undergraduate degree

A high level of academic standard is required for entry.

  • Students need to have met the prerequisite subjects at least at the high school level to meet the prerequisite requirements.
  • A minimum of 80% cumulative average across all university studies is required.

Please note the DAT is not required for entry into the Bachelor of Dental Surgery program.

Apply to JCU Dental School!

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Thursday, October 20th, 2016

James Cook University helps see horror disease defeated

James Cook University scientists have played a part in a program that has seen lymphatic filariasis (LF)—also known as elephantiasis—eliminated from four countries.

After more than two decades of effort, Cambodia, The Cook Islands, Niue and Vanuatu have eliminated LF as a public health problem.

Two decades of work sees horror disease defeated

Elephantiasis sufferer, Papua New Guinea (Photo credit: Tom Burkot)

LF can lead to lymphoedema, elephantiasis and hydrocoele—huge swelling of the limbs and genitals of sufferers. It’s caused by parasitic worms transmitted between humans by mosquitoes, a process that has now been effectively interrupted.

Approximately 40 million people suffer from the disease, including 15 million who have full-blown lymphoedema (elephantiasis) and 25 million men who have urogenital swelling.

JCU scientists developed an efficient diagnostic test for the disease, enabling effective targeting and supported ongoing training and surveillance to prevent new infections.

JCU’s Professor Peter Leggat said LF is one of the most debilitating of the neglected tropical diseases.

“Elimination of LF is the result of the sustained efforts of many groups including the countries involved and international agencies including the WHO Collaborating Centre at James Cook University, established in 1996. These efforts provide inspiration to eliminate this disease from the world,” he said.

The four countries that have eliminated the disease join China and the Republic of Korea as the only countries in the WHO Western Pacific Region to eliminate LF as a public health problem.

During 2000–2012, more than 4.45 billion doses of medicine were delivered worldwide. It’s estimated that 96.71 million LF cases were prevented or cured during this period.

The overall economic benefit of the programme during 2000–2007 is conservatively estimated at US$ 24 billion.

WHO Collaborating Centre

James Cook University has been involved with supporting control of neglected tropical diseases since the initial designation of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre (WHOCC) in 1996. It has through various re-designations and broadened its outreach from lymphatic filariasis alone to include soil-transmitted helminthiasis and then other neglected tropical diseases. It has been supported by the Anton Breinl Centre for Public Health and Tropical Medicine until 2012 and then by the School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences. In 2014, it was formally incorporated in the new College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences at JCU.

Studying medicine at JCU

The Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) medical degree at JCU Medical School produces graduates who will be uniquely qualified in the fields of rural, remote and Indigenous health, and tropical medicine. The JCU MBBS degree aspires to what is described by the World Health Organization as “socially accountable medical education—a medical school accepting its obligation to direct education, research and service to priority health concerns of communities that it has a mandate to serve.”

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Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

JCU diabetes researcher heads to Toronto

James Cook University Diabetes researcher Sean Taylor is heading to Canada and Germany in search of ways to improve care and management of diabetes in the remote islands of the Torres Strait.

Mr Taylor leaves Cairns this week on a seven-week study tour, supported by a $5,000 Heart Foundation Collaboration and Exchange Award.

JCU diabetes researcher heads to Toronto

JCU Diabetes researcher Sean Taylor (Photo: JCU)

“The Torres Strait region has Australia’s highest prevalence of type 2 diabetes, with one third of the adult population affected,” he said.

“Patients and medical staff also face the added problems of being in a remote location, where many of the healthy food choices recommended for diabetics are not necessarily available or affordable.”

Originally from the Torres Strait, Mr Taylor is a Research Fellow and Doctor of Public Health candidate at James Cook University’s Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention.

He will visit the Banting & Best Diabetes Centre in Toronto, Canada’s leading centre of excellence for innovation in diabetes research, education, and clinical care.

“They’re an important collaborator for us because Canada’a First Nations people face chronic disease problems similar to those experienced by Torres Strait Islanders, and also because of similarities between the Australian and Canadian health systems,” he said.

In Canada Mr Taylor will focus on the behavioural aspects of diabetes management, including patients’ reluctance to use insulin after their doctors have prescribed it.

“There are many reasons for this, and we need to understand it better because it’s a serious barrier to those patients getting the best care available.

“People with diabetes can achieve a good quality of life, if the disease is well managed, so we need to find the smartest and most effective ways to help them do that.”

At the University of Duisburg Essen in Germany Mr Taylor will consult with experts in the use of digital and social media to promote health.

“As well as suffering a higher rate of type 2 diabetes, Torres Strait Islanders with diabetes have much poorer outcomes compared with the non-Indigenous population,” he said.

“The team I’ll be meeting with in Germany has expertise not just in using digital media to support health and medical care, but also in carefully evaluating the usage of social media.

“I hope to find new ways to use those tools to help improve the connection between Torres Strait Islander diabetics and their health and medical support networks.

“For example, if we could improve the rate of people returning to the clinic for check-ups, and encourage more to take their medication consistently, that would make a big difference to their long-term health.”

Mr Taylor says that despite the worrying statistics for type 2 diabetes in the Torres Strait, there is some good news.

“It’s important to focus on those positive achievements, and to share them. People living on Murray Island, for example, have an excellent source of healthy protein in the sardines, which they catch in great numbers.

“Finding affordable and healthy food can be a challenge in a remote area, and digital and social media might provide some ways to share news of what’s working well on different islands.”

JCU School of Public Health

The JCU School of Public Health ensures the program undertakes high-quality and relevant teaching, research and training in population health, with a special focus on the tropics, northern Australia, Indigenous Australia and Australia’s near neighbours.

James Cook University is famous for its focus on tropical and remote health and medicine and provides several programs unique to Australia. James Cook University has

  • the Anton Breinl Centre for Public Health and Tropical Medicine, which is one of the leading tropical research facilities in the world;
  • teaching staff awarded the Australian Learning Teaching Councils’ National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning; and
  • cutting-edge teaching laboratories and research facilities.

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Friday, May 27th, 2016

JCU Master of Public Health / MBA combined degree

James Cook University has an illustrious record in public health education and research. The Public Health and Tropical Medicine discipline at  JCU represents one of the largest graduate public health training programs in Australia, and was one of a select group of academic institutions funded by the Australian Government to assist in training public health professionals.

JCU Master of Public Health / MBA

Study at James Cook University

Within the business discipline, leading-edge postgraduate study areas reflect global industry needs. Strong links to industry  and government agencies enhance opportunities for students within the program. Students develop leadership skills in the  management of people, organisations and change.

The joint Master of Public Health / Master of Business Administration degree enables health professionals to gain advanced management skills while undertaking further study in the area of their specialisation.

The program aims to develop the following knowledge and skills:

  • Understanding current major health and management issues, managing information and human financial resources within health care delivery organisations
  • Critical analysis by health managers in the context of national and global economic and political environments
  • Identification and analysis of management issues in health care delivery organisations and the identification of appropriate solutions

Program: Master of Public Health / Master of Business Administration
Campus: Townsville
Duration: 2 years
Semester intakes: February and July
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

Apply to James Cook University Public Health School!

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Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

JCU academic flying high

James Cook University academic Professor Peter Leggat was recently elected to the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine.

Full Members of the Academy or Academicians are selected for their outstanding contribution to aerospace medicine or recognise the eminent position they hold in this field or both. Full Membership is limited to 250 globally.

JCU Public Health School

Study aeromedical retrieval at JCU

“It is a great honour to be selected by the Academy,” Professor Leggat said. “It was a special privilege to know that my Academy nomination was championed by two of Australia’s leading aerospace medicine specialists,” he added.

The Academy was founded in 1955, its objective being the promotion and search for new knowledge in aerospace medicine, as well as contributing to international co-operation among those devoted to education and research in this particular field.

Aerospace medicine includes aviation and space medicine, the fields of medicine concerned with the maintenance of health, safety and performance of all those involved in aviation and space travel, in particular pilots and aircrew, but also all those involved in spaceflight.

Professor Leggat is currently Professor and Deputy Dean in the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences at JCU. The College conducts one of the largest postgraduate public health programs in Australia, including specialisations in fields such as tropical and travel medicine, aeromedical retrieval and disaster health.

Professor Leggat is also the Dean of Education of The Australasian College of Aerospace Medicine, a professional organisation that oversees training and recognition of doctors working in aerospace medicine.

He will be invested as an Academician at a ceremony in Rome in 2017.

JCU Master of Public Health in Aeromedical Retrieval

The Master of Public Health (MPH) at JCU enables health professionals to gain postgraduate qualifications in the public health sector and is designed to serve the needs of health professionals in rural and remote areas, particularly in the tropics. JCU offers majors in Aeromedical Retrieval, Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness, Communicable Disease Control, and Health Promotion.

Graduates with an MPH Aeromedical Retrieval major will also be able to integrate and apply an advanced body of theoretical and technical knowledge in the discipline of public health, with depth in the epidemiology, history, physiological effects, and management of patients undergoing aeromedical retrieval in a range of aircraft and settings including the impact of ethical, cultural, legal and financial issues.

Program: Master of Public Health
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 1.5 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline for this program, applicants are strongly encouraged by the university to submit their applications a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.

Entry requirements: In order to be considered for JCU’s Master of Public Health, applicants must

  • have completed an undergraduate degree in a related field; or
  • provide evidence of professional and academic attainments, including employment for a minimum of five years in health-related activities, as meets the approval of the faculty.

Apply to James Cook University Public Health School!

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Friday, March 11th, 2016

JCU professor honoured as a Fulbright Ambassador

James Cook University’s Professor Peter Leggat AM has been selected as a Fulbright Ambassador.

James Cook University public health

Prof Peter Leggat AM

Professor Leggat is one of 27 distinguished Australians based in Australia and in the United States (US) selected for a new flagship initiative by the Australian American Fulbright Commission, which awards prestigious Fulbright Scholarships for study in the US.

He received his certificate of appointment as a Fulbright Ambassador from the Hon. Steve Herbert, Minister for Training and Skills Victoria, and the US Ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Mr John Berry, at the Fulbright Presentation ceremony honouring 2016 Fulbright Scholars held in Melbourne on Feb. 25.

“It was an honour to be selected as an Inaugural Fulbright Ambassador,” Professor Leggat said.

“Fulbright Ambassadors will contribute to enhancing and promoting the Fulbright Scholarship Program, and help to strengthen cultural and academic exchange between Australia and the US,” he said.

“I am looking forward to further championing the Fulbright Scholarship program, particularly here in northern Queensland.”

Professor Leggat is the only Fulbright Ambassador selected based in Queensland and his initial term will run for two years over 2016 – 2017.

Established 66 years ago, the Australian American Fulbright Commission hosts the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship program, which aims to promote educational and cultural exchange between Australia and the US as well as support research and study by Australians in the US and the by Americans in Australia.

As a measure of the prestige and impact of the program, there have been more Nobel Prize winners (54) among Fulbright Scholarship alumni than from any other exchange program.

Professor Leggat, himself a former Fulbright Scholar, is based in the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences in Townsville.

James Cook University Public Health School

JCU has one of the largest postgraduate programs in public health in Australia with more than 800 students enrolled. Courses include a popular disaster and humanitarian health specialisation at Graduate Certificate and Masters level and these courses have received national and international recognition.

The Master of Public Health at James Cook University enables health professionals to gain postgraduate qualifications in the public health sector and is designed to serve the needs of health professionals in rural and remote areas, particularly in the tropics.

There are five majors available within the Master of Public Health: Generic, Aeromedical Retrieval, Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness, Communicable Disease Control and Health Promotion.

Program: Master of Public Health
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 1.5 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline, candidates are strongly encouraged  to submit their applications a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.

Entry Requirements

In order to be considered for JCU’s Master of Public Health, applicants must

  • have completed an undergraduate degree in a related field; or
  • provide evidence of other qualifications recognised by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine as equivalent to the above; or
  • at the discretion of the Dean of College submission, as an exceptional case, of other evidence of professional and academic attainments, including employment for a minimum of five years in health-related activities.

Apply to James Cook University Public Health School!

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Thursday, November 12th, 2015

JCU appoints new tropical health dean

James Cook University has appointed tropical and public health specialist, Professor Maxine Whittaker as Dean of the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences.

JCU Public Health School

Professor Maxine Whittaker (Photo credit: JCU)

Professor Ian Wronski, Deputy Vice Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine, said the university was delighted to have secured Professor Whittaker for this key position.

Professor Whittaker is currently Professor of International Health at the University of Queensland and was formerly the Director of the Australian Centre for International and Tropical Health at UQ.

“This appointment represents a return to the tropics for Professor Whittaker, who previously distinguished herself in senior health roles in Papua New Guinea, including Senior Technical Health Adviser to the National Department of Health,” Professor Wronski said.

“She brings a wealth of experience in global and tropical health to her new role, having worked extensively in tropical countries including Papua New Guinea, Zambia and Bangladesh, to improve the accessibility, acceptability and quality of essential health services, especially for marginalised and vulnerable populations.”

Professor Whittaker will oversee teaching and research in public health, tropical medicine, biomedical sciences, veterinary science, and molecular and cell biology.

She joins Professor Lee Stewart and Professor Richard Murray as the Deans of the three Colleges in the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine.

“I am excited about the unique opportunity JCU provides to advance the practice of ecosystem health in its teaching, research and engagement activities,” Prof Whittaker said.

JCU is unique in being the only university in Australia, and one of only a few in the world, with human health and public health and animal health in the same division. It also has a strong environmental science capacity in the university that when all brought together can ensure JCU plays a global leading role in the field.”

“Added to this is the strong commitment to, and engagement of, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and academics at JCU, which will uniquely enhance the understanding of and approach to ecosystem health,” Prof Whittaker said.

“The strong bio-medical sciences capacity in the college provides further depth in understanding many of the global tropical human and animal health challenges that need to be addressed if Australia and the world are to achieve the recently launched Sustainable Development Goals.”

Prof Whitaker also has a personal connection to the region. “Both my husband and I have ancestral roots in Northern Queensland, which we look forward to exploring more deeply and helping our families learn about our links to this part of the country.”

In announcing the appointment, Professor Wronski thanked Professor Peter Leggat, who will continue acting in the role until Professor Whittaker takes up the position in Townsville in late February 2016.

“Throughout the university’s restructure and the formation of our division’s three colleges, Peter has provided exemplary leadership and invaluable guidance. We wish him well as he returns to his role as a leading researcher in public health and tropical medicine, working on important projects here and internationally.”

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Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

JCU professor is inaugural Mindset Scholar

James Cook University’s Professor Peter Leggat AM is the inaugural Mindset Scholar hosted by the University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus (UNMC), based in Kuala Lumpur.

Professor Leggat took up his first scholarship stint at UNMC late last month, which celebrates its 15th anniversary this year.

JCU Public Health School

JCU Professor Peter Leggat

“I have to thank Associate Profesor Tuong-Thuy Vu in the School of Geography, and Assistant Professor Aini Hamid in the Department of Biomedical Sciences for developing the proposal for this scholarship,” Professor Leggat said. “We are working on how geospatial technologies, such as satellites, can be applied in public health aspects of disaster management,” he added.

The collaboration stems from participation by Drs Vu and Leggat in a United Nations Platform for space-based information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER), organised by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs in Bonn, Germany, in 2009.

“Professor Leggat and I share a common research interest. While geospatial scientists continually improve the methods to provide timely critical information for disaster management, they are not fully aware of how the healthcare profession can use this information and can benefit from it,” said Associate Professor Vu from the UNMC.

The Mindset Visiting Scholar scheme aims to enable Mindset members to invite international collaborators to carry out study and research in the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus and to participate in the academic life of the university.

Mindset Scholars are high-achieving, global researchers from diverse fields and backgrounds, who spend up to three months on campus.

Professor Leggat has been at JCU for nearly 24 years based at the Townsville Campus. He is currently seconded as Dean of JCU’s College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences and is Dean of Education of the Australasian College of Aerospace Medicine.

JCU has one of the largest postgraduate programs in public health in Australia with more than 800 students enrolled. Courses include a popular disaster and humanitarian health specialisation at Graduate Certificate and Masters level and these courses have received national and international recognition.

Professor Leggat said that “JCU has also had a long and proud tradition of undertaking applied disaster research, including in the public health field.”

James Cook University Public Health School

The Master of Public Health at James Cook University enables health professionals to gain postgraduate qualifications in the public health sector and is designed to serve the needs of health professionals in rural and remote areas, particularly in the tropics.

Program: Master of Public Health
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February and July each year
Duration: 1.5 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline for this program, applicants are strongly encouraged by the university to submit their applications a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.

Entry Requirements: In order to be considered for JCU’s Master of Public Health, applicants must

  • have completed an undergraduate degree in a related field; or
  • provide evidence of professional and academic attainments, including employment for a minimum of five years in health-related activities, as meets the approval of the faculty on the recommendation of the head of the JCU School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences.

Apply to James Cook University Public Health School!

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Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

JCU Welcome Information Session

James Cook University is the second oldest university in Queensland, and Australia’s leading university in the tropics. Diverse environments, vibrant communities and challenging academic programs are just a few of the reasons why so many students choose to study abroad at JCU. No other university can offer such a wide range of classes in the shadow of two of the world’s finest natural heritage areas—the Wet Tropics Rainforests and the Great Barrier Reef.

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Study at JCU: enjoy life in the tropics!

If you’re headed to JCU for the semester 1, 2015 intake, is important that to arrive at the university in time to attend a Welcome Information Session. Arriving early will allow more time to adjust to the culture and ensure the transition is a smooth experience. After arriving on campus either in Cairns or Townsville, please visit the Student Centre as soon as possible so that they can provide you with details of the JCU Orientation program.

Cairns

Compulsory Welcome Session
When: Friday, Feb. 13 at 9 a.m. Morning tea and lunch will be provided
Where: Building A3.1 (Crowther Theatre, room 1), Cairns campus
What to bring: Passport, copy of your visa, JCU user name and password (if you have one)

Arrival service
Service dates: Monday, Feb. 9 – Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015
Booking deadline: Two weeks prior to your arrival. Book your arrival service now! Visit the OzTREKK Boarding Pass for all your airport arrival info.

Orientation Week
Make sure to attend your faculty welcome on Monday or Tuesday and participate in any of the other activities on offer: campus tours, workshops, student ID card sessions, timetable assistance, parties and much more. Get the most out of JCU O Week!
When: Monday, Feb. 16  – Friday, Feb. 20, 2015

Townsville

Compulsory Welcome Session
When: Friday, Feb. 13 at 9 a.m. Morning tea and lunch will be provided
Where: Building 26 (Sir George Kneipp Auditorium), Townsville campus
What to bring: Passport, copy of your visa, JCU user name and password (if you have one).

Arrival service
Service dates: Monday, Feb. 9 – Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015
Booking deadline: Two weeks prior to your arrival. Book your arrival service now. Visit the OzTREKK Boarding Pass for all your airport arrival info.

Orientation Week
Make sure to attend your faculty welcome on Monday or Tuesday and participate in any of the other activities on offer: campus tours, workshops, student ID card sessions, timetable assistance, parties and much more.
When: Monday, Feb. 16  – Friday, Feb. 20, 2015

On-campus accommodation
You will need to submit your application through the JCU Accommodation Office. As accommodation on campus is limited you should list as many options as possible to ensure you have the best chance of being offered a place. A $55 non-refundable Accommodation Application Fee applies.
Applications open for TP1, 2015:  Aug. 1 2014
Website: www.jcu.edu.au/accommodation

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Don’t forget: OzTREKK also holds special orientations specifically for OzTREKK students! We offer our OzTREKK Welcome breakfast and OzTREKK Shuttle service.

Be sure to log on to the OzTREKK Boarding Pass for all of your orientation details! Do you have questions about orientation? Contact your OzTREKK Admissions Officer or call 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

JCU’s Master of Public Health (Aeromedical Retrieval)

Are you looking for an interesting career? Tired of the usual butcher, baker, candlestick maker? How about aeromedical retrieval?

JCU Public Health School

Study aeromedical retrieval at JCU

Aeromedical retrieval is concerned primarily with the transport of patients via a properly managed aeromedical evacuation system. It provides students with an overview of the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for the successful management of aeromedical retrieval in the Australian and global context. This degree is particularly relevant to emergency physicians, ship’s doctors, flight nurses and paramedics.

The beauty of the Master of Public Health at James Cook University is that it enables health professionals to gain postgraduate qualifications in the public health sector and is designed to serve the needs of health professionals in rural and remote areas, particularly in the tropics. Among the majors is areomedical retrieval.

JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.

Upon successful completion of the Master of Public Health, graduates will be able to

  • critically assess, analyze and communicate public health information relevant to tropical, rural, remote and Indigenous communities;
  • devise appropriate strategies to detect, prevent and control communicable and non-communicable diseases ensuring safe and healthy environments for tropical, rural, remote and Indigenous communities;
  • critically reflect upon the socioecological nature of health promotion and its application in optimizing the health and well-being of tropical, rural, remote and Indigenous communities;
  • apply advanced human, project and organizational management skills within a public health and policy context which lead to efficient and equitable gains in public health; and
  • critically reflect upon and engage in professional public health practice based on ethical decision-making using an evidence-based approach.
  • upon successful completion of the course, graduates will apply knowledge of research principles and methods to design, evaluate, analyze and implement contemporary public health practice or scholarship.

Graduates with an Aeromedical Retrieval major will also be able to

  • demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the epidemiology, history, physiological effects, and management of patients undergoing aeromedical retrieval in a range of aircraft and settings including the impact of ethical, cultural, legal and financial issues.

Find out more about how you can apply to public health at James Cook University! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Public Health Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at  rachel@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355.