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Do doctors know best? JCU lecture studies health care

Who makes the decisions about a person’s health care was examined in a James Cook University public lecture recently.

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The presentation, titled Doctors know best: Why patients should make decisions about their health care & how they can do so, was presented by Professor Linda Shields, Director of the Tropical Health Research Unit in JCU‘s School of Nursing, Midwifery and Nutrition and Townsville Hospital and Health Service.

The presentation was part of JCU’s Science & Society in the Tropics Public Lecture Series.

Professor Shields said the delivery, and acceptance, of advice on medical matters had changed over the last century.

“In years past, people who received health care were never involved in making decisions about it – that was left to the doctor, who was said to know best,” Professor Shields said.

“Such thinking has changed, and now people are becoming more aware of the issues surrounding their health and how to maintain it.”

Professor Shields said technological innovations had influenced awareness and attitudes.

“The internet has played a big part in this, but it can be misleading, with a wide range in the quality of information on offer,” she said. “People will be able to go to their nurse or doctor with relevant information and the confidence to be able to discuss it.”

About JCU Medical School and the MBBS program

James Cook University’s medical school offers a six-year, full-time undergraduate degree in medicine and surgery, Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). This medical program aims to produce graduates of the highest academic standards, who can progress to medical practice and to further studies in medical specialties. The course places special emphasis on rural and Indigenous health and tropical medicine. If you are interested in global health, and the health people in rural and remote places, JCU medicine may be a great fit for you.

Program title: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Program duration: 6 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2013

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.
  • Completion of JCU International Student Application Form and School of Medicine specific application form.
  • Interview: held in-person or via video conference

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Do you have questions about JCU Medical School and about medical programs at Australian universities? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Officer Broghan Dean. Email Broghan at broghan@oztrekk.com or call 1 866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada).


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