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Specialist medical training in Northern Queensland
Discover a supported training experience from intern to fellowship and work with an experienced collective of doctors to address the health needs of northern Queensland.
Our network of partners provides trainees with access to a wide range of hospital and health settings of varying sizes. NQRTH can connect you with training pathway options in 54 medical specialties.
Traditionally, interns and junior doctors gravitated towards metropolitan hospitals due to a perception that specialty training opportunities existed only in those locations. NQRTH, with its collaborative network of 31 hospitals and 65 health services, provide plenty of opportunities to pursue your training in northern Queensland.
Within our North Queensland training opportunities, the breadth of clinical cases is broad and includes treatment of conditions unique to the Tropics. We offer an optimal ratio of trainees per consultant to enable interaction and guidance from your supervisors. The result is strong relationships, improving the opportunity to receive a quality reference that will support your entry into the specialist training program of your choice.
These North Queensland training opportunities in conjunction with the lifestyle and adventure on offer, clearly explains why doctors in training are choosing to pursue medical careers in northern and regional Queensland.
For graduating medical students, the intern year is a daunting prospect. You can set yourself up for success by choosing a hospital setting that offers a supportive teaching environment with hands-on training from experienced and passionate supervisors.
Dr Gia Cavalieri completed her intern year at Mackay and Proserpine hospitals in Queensland’s picturesque Whitsundays region. It turned out to be a perfect balance of autonomy and developing new skills while supported by a friendly and accessible senior team.
“My supervisors here have been so approachable, my bosses have always been available to chat and I feel like I can talk to them about pretty much anything. I’ve been able to express my opinions and I’ve always been able to ask for advice,” Dr Cavalieri said.
“We’d get this flurry of tourist activity all the time as well as rural traumas. You’re never bored. As an intern, it was such an incredible experience.”
Dr Gia Cavalieri
There are more than 170 intern positions available in the four regional Hospitals in northern Queensland with many placement opportunities also available across the 31 rural hospitals from Tambo in the southwest to Thursday Island in the far north. NQRTH can help guide you through the Queensland Government’s Intern Recruitment process.
Doctors in training
Want to train in a setting where you can grow rapidly while making a real difference in communities that need you? Regional and rural hospitals and health services settings are the places to be for doctors looking for diversity, a unique medical experience, and job satisfaction.
It was these factors that drew Dr Farah Aziz to pursue emergency medicine in the North-West. Dr Farah Aziz says that training in Mount Isa, with 25% of its population identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, has improved her ability to provide culturally appropriate medical treatment.
“There are different nuances when working with patients from this region. We see a lot of Aboriginal patients and people who come from very remote communities who, by the time they get to us, can be critically ill."
“You have to adapt and modify the treatment according to each patients social or cultural needs. Doing my training here has increased my cultural awareness and cultural capability,”
Dr Farah Aziz
There are around 300 junior doctor positions available in northern Queensland. NQRTH can help guide you through the North Queensland training opportunities, the Registered Medical Officer recruitment, and support you in your endeavour to access the specialty training pathway.
It’s never too early in your career to get involved in medical research.
There is no shortage of research opportunities on offer in North Queensland for doctors in training. With a focus on addressing health issues affecting the Tropics and Northern Australia, James Cook University, hospitals and health services, and other research institutes, conduct research projects that welcome participation from medical students and doctors in training.
Dr Tejas Singh is a junior doctor at Townsville University Hospital who has published more than 30 peer-reviewed research articles aimed at improving the management and outcomes for patients with vascular diseases.
He says the involvement of eminent researcher and clinician Professor Jon Golledge had been instrumental in his PhD.
“As a junior doctor at Townsville University Hospital, you get more hands-on experience and opportunities to develop clinical independence in comparison to metropolitan hospitals.”
Dr Tejas Singh
Mapping Your Career
With over 600 accredited training programs across the regions, there are plenty of opportunities to start your journey as a doctor in northern Queensland.
Use this interactive to map your career pathway in your dream medical specialty. For more information on North Queensland training opportunities with NQRTH, get in touch with us today.
The Cairns region provides an extensive range of health services to a population of approximately 250,000. The area spans over 142,900 square kilometres, from Cairns to Tully in the south, Cow Bay in the north and Croydon in the west. More than 20% of the population is aged over 60, which is one third higher than the national average. Tourism is a key industry and contributes to a relatively high transient population. It is estimated that 14% of the population are Indigenous Australian, compared to 3.5% for Queensland as a whole.Explore Region
Central West region
The Central West region spans 396,650 square kilometres and includes the communities of remote central western Queensland from Tambo, in the south-east, to Boulia in the northwest.
The Central West Hospital and Health Service serve a population of approximately 12,400 persons with the addition of a range of visitors during the winter months.
The Mackay region provides extensive health services in a range of regional, community and rural settings, to a population of approximately 180,000 people.Explore Region
North West region
The North West Hospital and Health Service covers an area of over 300,000 square kilometres and services the rural and remote communities within North Western Queensland and the Gulf of Carpentaria. The region includes the city of Mount Isa and the towns and areas of Burketown, Camooweal, Cloncurry, Dajarra, Doomadgee, Julia Creek, Karumba, Normanton and Mornington Island.Explore Region
Torres and Cape region
The Torres and Cape Hospital Health and
The Townsville region has a geographic footprint of 148,000 square kilometres and is home to approximately 238,614 people. The region covers from Cardwell in the north, Richmond in the west and Ayr and Home Hill in the south.Explore Region
NQRTH is an initiative of the Australian Government's Integrated Rural Training Pipeline (IRTP) and is facilitated by James Cook University in partnership with public and private hospitals, Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC), health services, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) and GP clinics.