Meet the Team

    Meet the Team

    The Northern Queensland Regional Training Hubs is a partnership between private and public hospital and health services, GP clinics and James Cook University. We are a medical training network, working together as a team, committed to improving the health services of rural and remote communities in the northern Queensland region and provides you with unmatched training opportunities while enjoying the lifestyle that only this part of Australia can offer.

    Robyn Dupuis

    Manager, Regional Training Hubs, Cairns

    Home Town/City: Hull, Quebec, Canada, now Cairns

    Master of Business Administration, Cert IV in Training and Assessment, Graduate Certificate in Education and Training for Sustainability, Diploma (CA)/Associate Degree (AU) – Business Administration, Logistics, Australian Rural Leadership Program (current)

    Tell us about your role:
    I work across the two Clinical School locations in the Cairns Hospital and the JCU City Campus. I work with the teams looking after the MBBS years 4-6 based in Cairns, the Cairns Coast GP Training node and the Cairns and Cape and Torres Regional Training Hubs. I have an amazing team who work closely with the students, registrars, academics and staff based in the hospitals and private clinics to ensure we are providing an excellent learning experience and also to promote training opportunities in the region after medical school.

    What do you find most rewarding part of your role?
    I enjoy so much about this role, the work we are doing is making a real impact on the health outcomes for people across regional, rural and remote Australia and I feel a lot of pride in that. I have been able to get to know a lot of Queensland that I wouldn’t have otherwise had a lot of experience in, visiting Thursday Island a few times a year, for example, is a pretty special experience. Finally, I love working with my team. They are a bunch of outstanding individuals and I feel so lucky to be in a position to work alongside them.

    Andrea Muller

    Coordinator Regional Medical Training, Townsville 

    Home Town/City: Townsville 

     I have been working with JCU for five years, initially in the Medicine undergraduate program supporting students in years 2 and 4. I then spent 18 months working in the JCU GP Training Program before coming across to Regional Training Hubs in October 2017. 

    Tell us about your role:
    I work in the JCU Clinical School in Townsville University Hospital allowing me to work across the training continuum from undergraduate training through to junior doctor. My role is to create awareness of the opportunities to undertake specialty training in Townsville University Hospital, the superior education and supervision offered and the and the unique case presentations available. This awareness is created through Careers Series and Mentor sessions facilitated in conjunction with the TUH Med Ed team and the Townsville University Hospital Medical Staff Society. 

    What do you find most rewarding part of your role?
    Assisting undergraduate students with identifying training pathways and linking them with junior doctors and registrars or specialists who can provide personal advice about their career pathway. It is amazing to be able to market Townsville University Hospital, as well as the NQ region as a whole, to our southern counterparts who, for the most part, do not realise the enormity of the specialist training completed here and the complex and unique case presentations that are managed. 

    Penny Phillips

    Coordinator Regional Medical Training

    Home Town/city: Cairns

    Qualifications/Education: /Experience :
    I have been working with JCU for seven years, initially in the Medicine undergraduate program supporting students through their Year 4, 5 & 5 Clinical Years at the Cairns Hospital. 

    Tell us about your role:
    My work in the Regional Training Hub space is focused on creating an awareness of the opportunities to undertake specialty training in the Cairns Hospital and northern Queensland region. This awareness created through Career Focus Sessions, networking and the sharing of the nqrth website provides an opportunity for our local undergraduate students, interns and junior doctors to gain a widespread knowledge about the specialty pathways that are unique to our region. I liaise closely with the Cairns Hospital medical staff, in particular those involved in the medical education of Junior Doctors, and the Directors of Clinical Training and host a regular weekly Grand Round series which is shared via a zoom link on the nqrth facebook page. 

    What do you find most rewarding part of your role?
    Having worked in the undergraduate space for several years, I am excited to be able to continue to encourage these future Doctors as they aspire to progress through the challenging pathways of specialty training. It is a pleasure to be able to promote such a ‘liveable’ part of our country where the lifestyle is second to none and a work life balance is very achievable, even if the demands of the junior doctor and registrar can be extremely daunting at times. 

    Christine Mylchreest

    Team Leader Regional Medical Training, Central West and North West

    Home Town/City: Mount Isa

    Qualifications/Education: /Experience:
    I have been working with JCU for just over 3 years, I moved here from Sydney to be near my family and thought it was a great time for a “sea change” (minus the Sea). I hold a Masters of Business Administration – Leadership and Innovation. I also hold Certificates in Human Resources Management, Project Management, Industrial Relations and Commerce.

    Tell us about your role:
    I work out of the Centre for Rural and Remote Health which is based on the premises of the Mount Isa Base Hospital. In conjunction with the Hospital and Health Service we are able to have a close collaboration with the Medical Education team and Medical Workforce units to create a cohesive and transparent Medical Training Pathway from Intern to an array of Post Grad specialty training opportunities.

    What do you find most rewarding part of your role?
    There is just so much to love about this job, The wonderful collaborations and community mindedness make our efforts to improve the health of rural and remote communities extremely rewarding.

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