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Friday, May 26th, 2017

James Cook University trains specialist doctors for regional and remote communities

James Cook University’s ability to train and keep GPs and medical specialists in regional and remote settings has been given a big boost.

As part of the Federal Government’s Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training program $54.4 million has been allocated over 2016–2017 to 2018–19 for new Regional Training Hubs and University Departments of Rural Health.

James Cook University trains specialist doctors for regional and remote communities

Prof Richard Murray (Photo: JCU)

JCU will operate three of the new Regional Training Hubs—in North, Western and Far North Queensland.

Professor Richard Murray, Dean of JCU’s College of Medicine and Dentistry, said the investment will allow JCU to be more involved in training the specialist doctors that regional and remote communities need.

“The number of graduating doctors in Australia has almost tripled over the past 15 years, yet what we have seen is graduates piling up in the cities, looking for city-based specialist training jobs. The regions are still left to rely on importing doctors from overseas. This announcement is a welcome first step towards a system that trains specialist doctors and GPs where they are most needed,” he said.

Professor Murray said it was time for Commonwealth, state and territory governments to commit to a revolution in the further training of medical graduates.

“We need a system that sees much more specialist training based in regional Australia, with a city rotation only as needed,” he said.

Professor Murray said JCU has long been a national leader and advocate of training medical graduates for work in regional Australia.

“This announcement shows that Assistant Minister for Health David Gillespie is listening to the arguments we have been making over the last decade,” he said.

Professor Sabina Knight, Director of JCU’s Mount Isa Centre for Rural & Remote Health, said the funding will enhance rural health.

“We do a lot of work encouraging students to stay and work in rural and remote areas, but if they can’t get an internship in a regional hospital such as Mount Isa, then they have to go to a city for training and often end up disappearing into metropolitan areas,” she said.

Professor Knight said the initiative fills in a crucial gap in the current system.

“This was the missing bit in the pipeline between having early year medical students and turning out medical specialists in a rural or remote area. We will have a better pathway now and a much better ability to follow through on their training,” she said.

Professor Murray welcomed the funding as a valuable first step, but said the program would be even more fruitful if states and territories now came on board with their support.

About the JCU Medical School MBBS Program

The 6-year, full-time MBBS degree at James Cook University is a comprehensive program with integrated instruction in biomedical sciences, professional practice and clinical medicine. Graduates will be uniquely qualified in the fields of rural, remote and Indigenous health, and tropical medicine.

Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 6 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2017 (Note: early offers of admission may be made to high-achieving international applicants. It is recommended that students apply as early as possible and well before the August 30 deadline.)

As part of the MBBS application process, all candidates must participate in an interview with Prof Ian Wronksi. For the 2018 intake, JCU will hold interviews with eligible international applicants from Canada either

  • in person in Canada this June, or
  • via video-conferencing following the August 30th program application deadline.

In-person interviews in Canada (dates are subject to change)

June 22 – 23, 2017: Toronto
June 24, 2017: Edmonton
June 25 – 26, 2017: Vancouver

 

Apply to JCU Medical School!

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Would you like more information about studying medicine at Australia’s tropical university—James Cook University? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Courtney Frank at courtney@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Why should Canadians consider studying at JCU Medical School in Australia?

There are many reasons that encourage people to study medicine. Among the most popular include the desire to help others. Sometimes that wish goes beyond the standard “I want to make a difference in my community” to “I want to make a difference in the world.”

Why should Canadians consider studying at JCU Medical School in Australia?

Prof Ian Wronski (Photo: JCU)

So what makes JCU stand out from other Australian universities? And how on earth can we compare Australia’s and Canada’s health care needs?

James Cook University may not be the largest university, or the most well-known, but JCU has something the others don’t: their riveted focus on Aboriginal health, rural medicine, public health, tropical medicine and the needs of under-served populations.

James Cook University Deputy Vice Chancellor Tropical Health and Medicine Professor Ian Wronski explains why JCU concentrates on rural, remote and tropical health care.

“JCU was established as Australia’s university for the tropics, and so we focus on programs that are particularly relevant to the tropical world,” Prof Wronski says.

“In the medicine, health, molecular science part of the university—that includes all the health professions and molecular biology and biomedicine, and the research institutes we have—we’ve particularly targeted issues relating to under-served populations, especially rural, remote, indigenous and tropical peoples.”

Tropical peoples? How can that relate to Canada you ask? When speaking about Canada, most people think frigid winters, not tropics.

But the connection between Australia and Canada is stronger than you may think.

In fact, in 2013, JCU Medical School Dean and Head of School Richard Murray travelled to Canada as a member of an Australian government delegation at a Canadian-Australian roundtable on recognition of professional credentials between the two countries.

Dean Murray made a case for why Canada and Australia should collaborate our shared interest in health care innovation to meet the needs of our geographically dispersed populations. Prof Murray said that the opportunities this creates for Australian and Canadian practitioners to gain experience in each other’s countries could only benefit the quality and depth of rural medical services.

“In medicine for rural areas, there are opportunities for movement and exchange for students, doctors in training as well as specialists in rural general practice and other generalist specialties. Innovation in areas such as telemedicine and socially accountable health professional education are shared interests,” Prof Murray wrote in an article he published in the JCU Medical School’s journal, A Taste of our own Medicine.

Prof Wronski said there are many countries in a similar position to Australia, including Canada. Like Australia, our population is concentrated on the fringes of the country, where the climate is most ideal and the land most usable. But where people live in rural and Northern Canada, away from the general population, finding health care can be more challenging—just like the people in remote and tropical locations of Australia.

So what kind of student does James Cook University wish to attract?

When asked why JCU likes Canadian students, Professor Wronski narrowed it down: “Canada has a good education system, and students come to us well educated and broad-minded. Also, many of them have that fire in their belly to put something toward the health services side of making life better for under-served populations. Canada, like Australia, has large areas, large rural and indigenous populations,” the JCU professor explains.

“We like Canadian students because we see ourselves as a global hub, and we want to attract students who are interested the tropical world and the health of under-served peoples.”

Does this sound like you? If you’re passionate about changing the world, particularly the lives of those who live in rural or remote areas, JCU wants to talk to you!

About the JCU Medical School Medical Program

The 6-year, full-time MBBS degree is a comprehensive program with integrated instruction in biomedical sciences, professional practice and clinical medicine. Graduates will be uniquely qualified in the fields of rural, remote and Indigenous health, and tropical medicine.

As part of the MBBS application process, all candidates must participate in an interview with Prof Ian Wronksi. For the 2018 intake, JCU will hold interviews with eligible international applicants from Canada either

  • in person in Canada this June, or
  • via video-conferencing following the August 30th program application deadline.

In-person interviews in Canada (dates are subject to change)

June 22 – 23, 2017: Toronto
June 24, 2017: Edmonton
June 25 – 26, 2017: Vancouver

Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 6 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2017 (Note: Early offers of admission may be made to high-achieving international applicants! Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible and well before the August 30 deadline.)

Apply to JCU Medical School!

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Do you have questions about JCU Medical School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Courtney Frank at courtney@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

JCU professor assumes medical leadership role

James Cook University academic Professor Peter Leggat recently assumed the role of the 12th President of The Australasian College of Tropical Medicine (ACTM).

JCU professor assumes medical leadership role

Professor Leggat (Photo credit: JCU)

The ACTM is responsible for the development of the multidisciplinary specialty of tropical medicine in Australia and New Zealand. The ACTM also hosts Faculties of Travel Medicine and Expedition and Wilderness Medicine.

Tropical medicine is the branch of medicine that deals with health problems that occur uniquely, are more widespread, or prove more difficult to control in tropical and subtropical regions of the world.

The President of the ACTM provides leadership for the Council and members of the College, as well as fostering relations with other professional organisations. It is a two-year term of office.

Professor Leggat, who has worked in tropical medicine for nearly 30 years, is Professor and Deputy Dean of the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences at JCU.

“It is a particularly auspicious time to be the President, as the College celebrates its 25th anniversary this year as the pre-eminent professional organisation in tropical medicine in the region,” Professor Leggat said.

The ACTM was established on May 29, 1991 at a meeting in Townsville, and the secretariat is based at the Australian Medical Association Headquarters in Brisbane. The College includes health professionals from various fields such as medicine, nursing, medical sciences and veterinary sciences from Australia, New Zealand and more than 30 countries.

“The role of President will be a challenging one in terms of engaging with members in many countries and promoting tropical medicine throughout this region,” Professor Leggat said.

Professor Leggat helped to found the popular Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene courses at JCU in 1992, which have emerged as key parts of one of the largest postgraduate public health programs in Australia.

Professor Leggat said that there were natural synergies between the missions of the ACTM and JCU and as President-Elect he was a strong supporter of the Inaugural International Day of the Tropics held on June 29, 2016.

Professor Leggat is a highly respected medical educator, who has been teaching medical and other health science students for over 30 years.

He was elected as a Foundation Fellow of the ACTM in 1991 and has previously served three terms as President. A former Fulbright Scholar, he was admitted as a Member of the Order of Australia in 2013 for significant contributions to medicine, in particular tropical and travel medicine.

JCU Medical School MBBS

Located in Townsville, JCU Medical School offers the MBBS medical degree and aims to produce graduates of the highest academic standards who can progress to medical practice and to further studies in medical specialties. Graduates will be uniquely qualified in the fields of rural, remote and Indigenous health, and tropical medicine.

Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 6 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2016

Apply to James Cook University Medical School!

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Do you have questions about JCU Medical School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Courtney Frank at courtney@oztrekk.com to find out more!

Monday, June 27th, 2016

JCU Medical School student receives award for research

Sixth-year JCU Medical School student Chloe McKenna has been awarded Best Research Paper Prize at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons 2016 Annual Scientific Congress in the specialty program of Rural Surgery.

Chloe’s presentation, Quality of life outcome comparisons examining sacral nerve stimulation and biofeedback as management of faecal incontinence, was based on her honours research.

 JCU med student receives award for research

Chloe has received the award for best research (Photo credit: JCU)

Chloe said presenting was a great experience, but she never expected to win.

“It was great being able to share my preliminary findings with other clinicians,” she said. “Winning was a huge surprise.”

Being from a dietetics background, Chloe’s research stemmed from her interest in gastrointestinal issues.

Chloe said faecal incontinence was much more prevalent than people thought.

“In north and far north Queensland 12.8 per cent of people experience faecal incontinence,” Chloe said.

“It is non-discriminatory and can affect people of any age.

“This research looks at two different ways faecal incontinence is treated and will hopefully help us conclude which one delivers better outcomes for patients.”

Chloe, who completed her PhD through the College of Public Health, Medical & Veterinary Sciences, said she was grateful to her supervisors, including James Cook University‘s Professor and Townsville Hospital Head of Surgery Yik-Hong Ho, for their support.

Chloe is also hoping to also submit her research at this year’s Townsville Health Research Week symposium.

“I am hopeful that the research will have reached some conclusions by September and we will be able to share them at Research Week,” she said.

About the JCU medical program

JCU Medical School offers an undergraduate-entry medical program that specializes in rural, remote and indigenous medicine and is located in north Queensland, Australia. Rather than having to earn a bachelor degree first, undergraduate-entry medical programs allow students to enter directly from high school. If you have completed high school studies or would like to apply to a medical school in Australia without using your MCAT score, you may wish to learn more about undergraduate-entry medical programs offered by Australian universities.

Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 6 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2016

Entry requirements

Entry into the JCU Medical School medical program is directly from high school. Students may also transfer into the program during their undergraduate degree or at the completion of their undergraduate degree.

  • Entry is directly from high school. Students may also transfer into the program during their undergraduate degree or at the completion of their undergraduate degree.
  • High school cumulative average necessary to be considered is a minimum of 85% in Grade 12 subjects, including prerequisite subject grades.
  • If you are applying to the program after you have partially or fully completed your post-secondary studies, you should have a Canadian GPA of 80% cumulative average across all university studies, but to have a competitive application, applicants should have achieved at least an 82% cumulative average.
  • Interview: held in-person and via video conference

Apply now to James Cook University Medical School!

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Would you like more information about JCU Medical School and the MBBS program? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Officer Courtney Frank at courtney@oztrekk.com.

Friday, June 10th, 2016

JCU receives grant for malaria research

The Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) at James Cook University welcomes the $1.06-million Australian Tropical Medicine Commercialisation Grant announced in Cairns recently by Federal Minister for Trade and Investment Steven Ciobo.

JCU receives grant for malaria research

Minister Steven Ciobo and Professor Louis Schofield in the AITHM lab at JCU in Cairns (Photo credit: JCU)

The grant will support the formation in northern Queensland of a commercial venture by AITHM in collaboration with the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for the production and testing of a new malaria vaccine.

“This is an investment in jobs and growth for northern Queensland, through tropical health and medicine,” AITHM Director Professor Louis Schofield said.

Malaria kills about 700,000 people each year. At the AITHM laboratories in Cairns and Townsville, researchers are tackling the complex challenges posed by the disease, including the mosquitoes that transmit it and the five species of parasite than can infect humans.

“There is an urgent need for a broadly effective vaccine. Our prototype vaccine may overcome these barriers by attacking most species and stages in the malaria life cycle,” Professor Louis Schofield said.

“This grant builds on funding of $2.8 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and will accelerate the development of a vaccine against malaria.”

The grant will enable the researchers to develop the manufacturing process required to take the vaccine to clinical trials in Queensland. Safety testing of the vaccine will also be undertaken in Queensland.

JCU Medical School MBBS program

Located in Townsville, JCU Medical School offers the MBBS medical degree and aims to produce graduates of the highest academic standards who can progress to medical practice and to further studies in medical specialties. Graduates will be uniquely qualified in the fields of rural, remote and Indigenous health, and tropical medicine.

Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 6 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2016

Apply to James Cook University Medical School!

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Do you have questions about JCU Medical School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Courtney Frank at courtney@oztrekk.com to find out more!

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

JCU Medicine info session this Saturday, May 7

Don’t forget! Dean of Medicine Professor Richard Murray will be presenting a JCU Medicine Information Session this Saturday, May 7.

During this information session, JCU Medical School Dean Prof Richard Murray will outline JCU’s high-quality medical program and explain its unique focus on rural, remote, Indigenous and tropical health.

JCU Medical School

Study medicine and JCU!

James Cook University Medicine Information Session

Date: Saturday, May 7, 2016
Time: 5 – 7 p.m.
Venue: Sheraton Centre, Toronto
Map: http://tiny.cc/SheratonToronto

Don’t forget to RSVP: http://study.oztrekk.com/jcu-med-info-session/

About JCU MBBS

JCU Medical School offers an undergraduate-entry program that specializes in rural, remote and indigenous medicine and is located in north Queensland, Australia. Rather than having to earn a bachelor degree first, undergraduate-entry medical programs allow students to enter directly from high school. If you have completed high school studies or would like to apply to a medical school in Australia without using your MCAT score, you may wish to learn more about undergraduate-entry medical programs offered by Australian universities.

Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Next semester intake: February 2017
Duration: 6 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2016

Entry requirements

Entry into the JCU Medical School medical program is directly from high school. Students may also transfer into the program during their undergraduate degree or at the completion of their undergraduate degree.

  • Entry is directly from high school. Students may also transfer into the program during their undergraduate degree or at the completion of their undergraduate degree.
  • High school cumulative average necessary to be considered is a minimum of 85% in Grade 12 subjects, including prerequisite subject grades.
  • If you are applying to the program after you have partially or fully completed your post-secondary studies, you should have a Canadian GPA of 80% cumulative average across all university studies, but to have a competitive application, applicants should have achieved at least an 82% cumulative average.
  • Interview: held in-person and via video conference

Apply now to James Cook University Medical School!

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For more information about this event, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Courtney Frank at courtney@oztrekk.com. See you there!

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Don’t miss the JCU Medicine Information Session May 7

Why choose to study medicine? How do you choose the best university and medical program for you?

Join OzTREKK and Dean of Medicine Professor Richard Murray for an engaging JCU Medicine Information Session! Learn more about JCU’s unique focus on tropical and rural medicine and about how you can make a difference in today’s world. During this information session, presenter JCU Medical School Dean Prof Richard Murray will outline JCU’s high-quality medical program and explain its unique focus on rural, remote, Indigenous and tropical health.

JCU Medical School

Prof Richard Murray

James Cook University Medicine Information Session

Date: Saturday, May 7, 2016
Time: 5 – 7 p.m.
Venue: Sheraton Centre, Toronto
Map: http://tiny.cc/SheratonToronto

Don’t forget to RSVP: http://study.oztrekk.com/jcu-med-info-session/

About JCU Dean of Medicine Professor Richard Murray

Richard Murray is the Dean of Medicine and Head of School at James Cook University. His career focus has been in Aboriginal health, rural medicine, public health, tropical medicine and the needs of underserved populations.

Richard was appointed the President of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine in late 2011. He is the immediate past Chair of the Federation of Rural Australian Medical Educators.

Richard spent 14 years working in the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia, including 12 years as the Medical Director of the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council, a position in which he had broad-ranging clinical, population health, teaching, research and medical administration and management roles.

About JCU MBBS

JCU Medical School offers an undergraduate-entry program that specializes in rural, remote and indigenous medicine and is located in north Queensland, Australia. Rather than having to earn a bachelor degree first, undergraduate-entry medical programs allow students to enter directly from high school. If you have completed high school studies or would like to apply to a medical school in Australia without using your MCAT score, you may wish to learn more about undergraduate-entry medical programs offered by Australian universities.

Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Next semester intake: February 2017
Duration: 6 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2016

Entry requirements

Entry into the JCU Medical School medical program is directly from high school. Students may also transfer into the program during their undergraduate degree or at the completion of their undergraduate degree.

  • Entry is directly from high school. Students may also transfer into the program during their undergraduate degree or at the completion of their undergraduate degree.
  • High school cumulative average necessary to be considered is a minimum of 85% in Grade 12 subjects, including prerequisite subject grades.
  • If you are applying to the program after you have partially or fully completed your post-secondary studies, you should have a Canadian GPA of 80% cumulative average across all university studies, but to have a competitive application, applicants should have achieved at least an 82% cumulative average.
  • Interview: held in-person and via video conference

Apply now to James Cook University Medical School!

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For more information about this event, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Courtney Frank at courtney@oztrekk.com. See you there!

Friday, April 1st, 2016

Students shine at Monash medicine, nursing, and health sciences awards night

One hundred thirty students from across all disciplines were recognised for their outstanding academic achievements at the annual Prize Night, hosted by the Monash University Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences recently in the Australian Synchrotron. The event, which contributes to creating an environment where excellence is promoted, expected and recognised, was also used as an opportunity to acknowledge the generosity and ongoing support of prize donors.

Monash Medical School

Louisa Selvadurai and Nathaniel Lizak (Photo credit: Monash University)

Louisa Selvadurai received four prizes for her work in the Bachelor of Behavioural Neuroscience (Honours) researching Friedreich’s ataxia, an inherited disease that causes progressive damage to the nervous system.

“My Honours year was very competitive and intense so to receive these awards is just such a wonderful feeling. I am also very excited that I got accepted in the Doctor of Psychology at Monash which will give me an opportunity to continue working on the research from my Honours year with the same supervisors,” she commented.

Nathaniel Lizak received three prizes for his outstanding achievements in his third year of the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS).

“It is great that all the hard work I put into this has paid off,” he said. “In the future I can see myself continue with my medical training and do a PhD further down the track. The translation of research into clinical practice is what I am passionate about.”

Monash University Medical School Program

The Monash University Medical School’s graduate-entry degree emphasizes clinical communication skills and early clinical contact visits to medical practices, community care facilities and hospitals. With a focus on rural health, all student teaching and clinical placements take place throughout Gippsland. Students will predominantly spend the first year in the purpose-built Gippsland facility and undertake clinical rotations at hospitals, community health centres and general practices over the four years of the course.

Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Location: Gippsland Campus, Churchill, Victoria (approx. 2 hours southeast of Melbourne)
Semester intake: February 2017
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: Round 2 – September 27, 2016

Apply to Monash Medical School!

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Learn more about the MBBS program at Monash University. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Courtney Frank at courtney@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

JCU enhances health services in Longreach

The Federal Minister for Rural Health, Fiona Nash, recently opened a new James Cook University clinical teaching facility in Longreach, designed to bring top-quality training and telehealth services to the outback town.

The facility on Longreach hospital campus is a collaboration between JCU’s Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health (MICRRH) and the Central West Hospital and Health Service.

JCU Medical School

The simulation room at the new facility in Longreach (Photo: JCU)

MICRRH Director Professor Sabina Knight said the building has been fitted out with state-of-the-art technology to enable audiovisual teleconferencing and remote training.

“It will be used by everyone from undergraduates to people going through our GP registrar program,” she said. “It means doctors, nurses and allied health workers won’t have to leave Longreach to get extra training—we’ll be bringing the trainers here—and that will mean a huge difference to the town.”

Professor Knight said the project reflected the Minister’s commitment and understanding of need. “It is also a great example of JCU partnering with the community and I’m delighted it’s happened,” she said.

Central West Hospital and Health Board Chair Ed Warren said the new training centre would have significant benefits for all rural and remote areas of Queensland.

“The centre will expand our region’s capacity to host clinical students, including medical students, as well as support ongoing clinical training for our existing workforce,’’ he said.

Central West Health has donated both the relocated building and its site. The new facility is operational only nine months after receiving a $90,000 grant from the Commonwealth.

The new building will complement JCU’s 10-bed student accommodation already on the Longreach Hospital campus.

JCU Medical School MBBS

The 6-year, full-time Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery degree is a comprehensive program with integrated instruction in biomedical sciences, professional practice and clinical medicine. Students attend the Townsville campus for the first half of the course with clinical experience from year one.

The James Cook University medical precinct is opposite the Townsville Hospital, the largest teaching hospital in regional or tropical Australia. In later years, students have a base at one of the James Cook University clinical schools that include Townsville, Cairns, Mackay or Darwin. MBBS graduates will be uniquely qualified in the fields of rural, remote and Indigenous health, and tropical medicine.

Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Next semester intake: February 2017
Duration: 6 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2016

Entry Requirements

  • Entry is directly from high school. Students may also transfer into the program during their undergraduate degree or at the completion of their undergraduate degree.
  • High school cumulative average necessary to be considered is a minimum of 85% in Grade 12 subjects, including prerequisite subject grades.
  • If you are applying to the program after you have partially or fully completed your post-secondary studies, you should have a Canadian GPA of 80% cumulative average across all university studies, but to have a competitive application, applicants should have achieved at least an 82% cumulative average.
  • Interview: held in-person and via video conference

Apply to James Cook University Medical School!

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Would you like more information about JCU Medical School and the MBBS program? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Officer Courtney Frank at courtney@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

JCU MBBS program “domains”

The JCU MBBS specializes in rural and remote medicine. The medical program is undertaken entirely in northern Australia and has an emphasis on tropical medicine, the health of rural and remote communities, and of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders. The medical program is informed by a concern for social justice, innovation and excellence in medical education, research and service.

JCU MBBS program

Find out more about the JCU MBBS program

The 6-year Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery is governed by “domains.” In the example of communication skills, students begin in Year 1 with basic patient interview techniques. In Year 2 in the Cardiovascular Medicine subject, students learn the basics of cardiovascular history taking. In the Rural, Remote, Indigenous and Tropical Medicine subject students learn about a patient interview with an Indigenous Australian. There is more practice in Years 3 and 4, and by Year 5, students are taking full medical histories and reporting these to colleagues. In Year 6, JCU MBBS students put these skills into practice while on their 8-week Rural Internship.

Applied Basic and Clinical Science
Includes the application to medical practice of the knowledge and understanding of anatomy, biochemistry, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology, physiology, psychology and sociology.

Communication, Clinical, Critical Reasoning and Information Management Skills
Includes a range of thinking and manual skills.

The Health of Rural and Remote, Indigenous and Tropical Communities
Examples of community and population health that are important to the region James Cook University serves. This domain includes understanding health needs, illness prevention, health promotion and epidemiology.

Ethics, Personal and Professional Development
Includes demonstration of the attitudes and behaviours necessary for competent medical practice.

The health of Australian Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples
The teaching about the health of Australia’s two groups of Indigenous peoples is of increasing importance in Australia as the nation attempts to Close the Gap between the health of its Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander peoples and the rest of the population.

JCU Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery

Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February each year
Duration: 6 years
Application deadline: TBA. For the 2016 intake, the application deadline was Aug. 30, 2015.

Apply to James Cook University Medical School!

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Do you have questions about the JCU MBBS program? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Officer Courtney Frank at courtney@oztrekk.com.