Stories & media releases

    Stories & media releases

    Finding the right skills and the right home in Emerald

    For Dr Nichole (Nikki) Harch, growing up in the central Queensland town of Biloela would have a profound impact on her future direction as a JCU GP trained Rural Generalist. Now based in the Central Queensland regional town of Emerald and working as an ACCRM fellowed doctor in the combined role of GP, hospital-based Rural Generalist, and mental health clinician, Nikki’s love for a rural generalist medical practice continues to grow. “I was in my last year of high school and abou...

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    Junior doctor earns acclaim for vascular research

    Townsville University Hospital junior doctor Tejas Singh has published more than 30 peer-reviewed research articles aimed at improving the management and outcomes for patients with vascular diseases. Dr Singh has conducted his award-winning PhD research under the mentorship of Professor Jonathan Golledge, an academic vascular surgeon and international leader in peripheral artery disease. Professor Golledge heads the Queensland Research Centre for Peripheral Vascular Disease (QRC-PVD), which is l...

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    Upskilling doctors at the coalface of remote community health

    Rural generalists in the Cape and Torres will be enhancing health services available to remote communities after receiving specialty training grants from the North Queensland Regional Training Hubs (NQRTH), an initiative of James Cook University (JCU).  The Cape and Torres 2021 grants will deliver funding for five medical supervisors and general practitioner registrars in Thursday Island and Cooktown to undertake training for additional skills or knowledge beyond the scope of mandatory trai...

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    Cloncurry calling rural generalist trainee

    Rural generalist trainee Dr Megan Bates was sold on life in North West Queensland even before she started her internship this year at Mount Isa Hospital. Dr Bates grew up in rural Victoria, travelled Australia working in shearing sheds, abattoirs and pubs, and ran a general store for several years in a remote Northern Territory community before starting a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery at JCU. Life-changing placements in Cloncurry during her medical degree sparked a dream of return...

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    Spirit of the NQRTH on display in cycling adventure

    Since its launch in 2007, the QSuper Cardiac Challenge has become a much-loved institution in Far North Queensland. In late September, nearly 300 cyclists rode 333km from Cairns to Cooktown. But as the Northern Queensland Regional Training Hubs (NQRTH) Doxycyclists will tell you, the three-day adventure was about so much more than cycling. Intern at Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service (CHHHS), Dr Matthias Wust, began the Doxycyclists riding group in 2019. He has championed the team...

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