New GP registrars will begin working and training in the Mackay and Whitsunday regions.
New GP registrars will begin working and training in the Mackay and Whitsunday regions.

New doctors heading to Mackay Whitsunday regions

Mackay and Whitsunday regions will play host to 10 general practitioners who begin their training this week.

Nine of the new doctors will attend two-day introductory workshops for James Cook University’s GP training program at the Mackay education centre.

The practitioners are part of more than 150 doctors statewide embarking on their GP studies with JCU.

The 10 new registrars will work and train in GP clinics and hospitals in a range of towns including Mackay, Proserpine, Airlie Beach, Collinsville and Sarina.

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JCU’s GP training director Lawrie McArthur said JCU would have about 43 doctors training through the program in the region this year.

“This latest intake will add to the success of the program locally, with JCU producing more than 33 qualified GPs in the Mackay region over the past five years,” Associate Professor McArthur said.

“Our doctors go on to practise across Queensland in regional, rural and remote communities to improve health outcomes where it is needed most.

“We dedicate time and resources to matching applicants with training posts that will benefit their careers as well as the community.

“The training posts provide the opportunity to develop an extended scope of practice unique to rural and remote locations.

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“JCU has a strong record of producing a skilled workforce for northern Australia and this new cohort of GP registrars will add to that legacy.”

Registrars will cover the requirements of the Australian General Practice Training program and will also meet their mentors, colleagues and JCU support staff.