Stories & media releases

    Stories & media releases

    Life and medicine in the Burdekin

    Fishing, family, cane fires and fast-paced clinical work: that’s what Dr Ben Lawry calls paradise. Dr Lawry is the medical superintendent at the Ayr Hospital and JCU GP supervisor. He made the decision to set down roots in the Burdekin early in his career. He knew deep down rural medicine was for him after graduating from JCU. While interning at the Townsville Hospital he experienced a number of specialties and discovered he loved the variety Rural Generalism offered. “I wanted to do...

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    Cutting-edge technology for urology surgery at Cairns

    While the surgical speciality of urology may not be an obvious choice for many junior doctors, for Dr Munad Khan it is one that offers both many challenges and rewards. “Choosing urology was something that happened gradually over a period of time as a junior doctor. What we do in the operating theatre tends to be quite varied and I like the ability to use different operating modalities which brings its own challenges but also rewards. “I have also always had an interest in working wi...

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    Reflections on a 30-year orthopaedic career spent in the far north

    For senior Orthopaedic surgeon at the Cairns Hospital, Dr Andrew Graham, the lure of working and living in tropical North Queensland proved too big to ignore and came as somewhat of a surprise. “I think I am the first Orthopaedic surgeon to come back as a registrar and set up practice here in Cairns full time. It takes about ten years to get through the orthopaedic program, so it was a big commitment to go regional.” However, it was both the variety of clinical work and strong social...

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    A Message from the Program Manager - Andrea Muller

    2020 saw the event of COVID-19 and the impact that it had on students, medical staff and the whole of society. We saw the best of our front line health workers dealing with the uncertainty of what was to come, college examinations and the investigation of alternative work models. As students returned to the clinical setting there was even more participation and collaboration from doctors and academics across the region to ensure that our students received the necessary clinical training to pass...

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