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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, 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.

Friday, July 31st, 2015

JCU medicine and dentistry application deadline in one month

Are you interested in studying medicine or dentistry at James Cook University? The application deadline for the 2016 intake is coming up soon—August 31 (Australia time). Your complete application must be received by Friday, Aug. 28 in order for it to be submitted to JCU on time.

JCU Medical School

Study at James Cook University, Queensland

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.

Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 6 years
Application deadline: August 31, 2015 (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 31 deadline.)

Apply to JCU Medical School!

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About the JCU Dental School Dentistry Program

The dentistry program at James Cook University 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
Location: Cairns, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: August 31, 2015 (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 31 deadline.)

Apply to JCU Dental School!

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Do you have questions about JCU Medical School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson at sarah@oztrekk.com.

Questions about JCU Dental School? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

JCU Professor Ian Wronski talks about the Australia-Canada connection

Do you stand out from the crowd?

James Cook University certainly does, and while it may not be the largest university, or the most well-known, 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.

JCU Medical School

Prof Wronski, Ms Hurlock, and Chris Nolan at the JCU Medial School interviews in Toronto on June 8.

James Cook University Deputy Vice Chancellor Tropical Health and Medicine Professor Ian Wronski and Associate Faculty Registrar Ms Sandra Hurlock were recently in Canada to meet with students interested in studying medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and other health sciences at JCU.

When speaking with OzTREKK Director and Marketing Manager Chris Nolan, Prof Wronski explained 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 said.

“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 does that relate to Canada? When speaking about Canada, most people think snow, 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: “Our experience with Canadian students has been almost entirely positive.

“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 replied.

“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 helping people, particularly those who live in rural or remote areas, JCU wants to talk to you!

JCU Pro-Vice Chancellor Ian Wronski

Professor Ian Wronski of JCU

About Professor Ian Wronski 

Professor Ian Wronski was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia at the Queen’s Birthday Awards on June 9, 2014, and received the award “For distinguished service to tertiary education, particularly through leadership and research roles in Indigenous, rural and remote health, and to medicine in the field of tropical health.”

Over the two decades he has worked at JCU, Ian has led the development of degrees such as medicine, veterinary science, tropical agriculture, dentistry, pharmacy, public health and tropical medicine, the rehabilitation sciences and more recently the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM).

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.

Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 6 years
Application deadline: August 31, 2015 (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 31 deadline.)

Apply to JCU Medical School!

About the JCU Dental School Dentistry Program

The dentistry program at James Cook University 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
Location: Cairns, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: August 31, 2015 (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 31 deadline.)

Apply to JCU Dental School!

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Do you have questions about JCU Medical School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson at sarah@oztrekk.com.

Questions about JCU Dental School? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

New JCU Medical School clinical training facility opening in Mackay

A new Mater James Cook University clinical training facility officially opened at the Mater Hospital in Mackay on Aug. 12, which will increase the capacity for training doctors and nurses in the region.

The $3.3-million Mater Misericordiae Hospital JCU Clinical Training Centre (CTC) involves an ongoing relationship for use of the facility by JCU and clinical placements by Mater Mackay Hospital.

JCU Medical School

Mackay is south of Townsville, Queensland

Christine Goodwin, Operations Manager of the Rural Clinical Training and Support Program in JCU’s College of Medicine and Dentistry, said JCU had been training medical students at the Mackay Clinical School since 2004.

“It is a key clinical training site in the network that has been developed across regional and rural northern Australia by the College of Medicine and Dentistry,” Ms Goodwin said. “The vision is to train students in rural areas in order to provide regional and remote communities with doctors that are both sensitive and experienced in dealing with their specialised needs.”

The CTC building contains lecture/tutorial rooms, clinical skills areas, simulation and private study facilities, workspaces for JCU academic staff and Mater Mackay Clinical Educators, and an administration office.

Ms Goodwin said the CTC supports an increased number of medical students rotating through both the public and private healthcare settings during their two-year clinical training at Mackay Clinical School, providing an integrated experience of health service delivery.

Ms Goodwin said the teaching facility also enables nursing students to undertake their studies full time in Mackay instead of relocating to Townsville for the three years of their course, increasing the potential for graduates to remain in the region.

“Demand for allied health placements in Mackay is also increasing and this project will support expanded clinical training placements in those disciplines, particularly physiotherapy and pharmacy,” Ms Goodwin said.

“Mercy Health and Aged Care Central Queensland Limited, and locally, Mater Mackay is proud to be a partner with James Cook University in providing increased clinical training places for healthcare students in Mackay,” Sandra Moore, Executive Officer Mater Mackay, said.

“Mater Mackay plays a pivotal role along with the Mackay Hospital and Health Service in the provision of health care services in this region and the benefits from the establishment of this training facility with James Cook University are tremendous,” she said.

“The Mater has been a fantastic supporter of the JCU model of distributed regional medical education from the outset,” Professor Richard Murray, Dean of JCU College of Medicine and Dentistry said.

“The new facility brings that role to fruition with the hospital able to take its proper place in a teaching health system,” he said. “A big part of success in building up the future health workforce for the north is about ‘recruit local, train local, work local.’

“Thanks to the funding support from Health Workforce Australia and the Department of Health, this exciting development will allow students to be educated in a state-of-the-art facility that will support their contribution to the health of the Mackay community as registered nurses,” Professor Lee Stewart, Dean of JCU College of Healthcare Sciences said.

This project was a partnership between JCU and Mercy Health and Aged Care Central Queensland Ltd. Other funding sources included Health Workforce Australia Clinical Training Funding Program and the Federal Department of Health Increased Clinical Training Capacity Program.

About James Cook University Medical School

JCU Medical School specializes in rural and remote medicine. The JCU program has a unique place among Australian medical schools. The course 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.

Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February 2015
Duration: 6 years
Application deadline: August 29, 2014

Entry Requirements for the JCU Medical Program

  • 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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Do you have questions about JCU Medical School and its MBBS program? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Officer Broghan Dean at broghan@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada) for more information about how you can study in Australia!

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

JCU Medical School student impresses Brazil conference

A JCU Medical School student has added to his growing list of accolades after being invited to make a presentation at an international rural health conference.

JCU Medical School

JCU Medical School specialises in rural and remote medicine

Jerry Abraham, who is based at the Mackay Base Hospital, was awarded the national Rural Medical Student of the Year last year, in a rare coup for a regional medical graduate.

Last month, Mr Abraham was invited to speak at the 12th WONCA World Rural Health Conference that was held in Gramado, Rio del Sur, Brazil.

This was in his capacity as a health student and the Co-Chair of the National Rural Health Students’ Network (NRHSN) in Australia.

Mr Abraham said the title of his talk was “National Rural Health Students’ Network: A multi-disciplinary approach to rural health.”

“I talked about who the NRHSN is and the activities that we do in raising the profile of rural health,” he said.

“I spoke about the need for a multi-disciplinary approach to holistic health, advocacy for health students, and strategies that will hopefully address the rural health workforce shortage in Australia.

“We also discussed our priorities as an organisation and how the health clubs from across the nation were helping us achieve these.”

The NRHSN is is the only student body in Australia that collectively represents medical, nursing and allied health disciplines, and has more than 9,000 members who belong to 28 university rural health clubs throughout the nation.

The NRHSN is funded by the Federal Department of Health and is managed by Rural Health Workforce Australia, the peak body for the state and territory rural workforce agencies. It aims to provide a voice for students who are interested in improving health outcomes for rural and remote Australians and to promote rural health careers to students and encourage students who are interested in practicing in rural health care.

Mr Abraham, who was born and raised in Dubai, but is now an Australian citizen, said it was an honour to be the first JCU student to be elected as the Co-Chair of the NRHSN.

“It’s nice to know that us northerners are now considered just as good as our southern counterparts,” he joked.

Prior to his medical studies at JCU Medical School, Mr Abraham completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) overseas and moved to Australia in order to complete his Master of Telecommunication Engineering, at the University of Melbourne.

He also achieved a Graduate Diploma of Education and a Master of Education before starting his medical studies at James Cook University.

Mr Abraham said it was an honour and privilege to present at an international conference.

“It was great to share what we have been doing in Australia through the NRHSN to address rural and remote health issues as most of the other representatives had similar concerns.

“The various representatives were greatly encouraged by what we have been able to achieve here in Australia, as students, and described our approach as very mature and proactive.”

Mr Abraham said he was hoping to become a rural surgeon “if all things work out to plan.”

“I will be looking at definitely working rural or remote and doing some overseas mission work in various countries across a few continents.”

Mr Abraham said four Queensland organisations had been instrumental in helping cover his flight fares and living expenses for his trip to Brazil: Lee and Maree from Marlee Constructions Moranbah, Moranbah Medical Centre, Dr Reyno Niewoudt and Laura Terry and the Mackay Christian Family Church.

About James Cook University Medical School

JCU Medical School specializes in rural and remote medicine. The JCU program has a unique place among Australian medical schools. The course 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.

Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February 2015
Duration: 6 years
Application deadline: August 29, 2014

Entry Requirements for the JCU Medical Program

  • 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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Do you have questions about JCU Medical School and its MBBS program? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Officer Broghan Dean at broghan@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada) for more information about how you can study in Australia!