JCU doc­tors to stay in re­gion

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

JAMES Cook Univer­sity has hit back at claims their grad­u­ate doc­tors are aban­don­ing the re­gion for cap­i­tal cities.

Di­rec­tor of Med­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­fes­sor Tarun Sen Gupta said there was a short­age of GPs across Aus­tralia and it would take time to catch up with a grow­ing pop­u­la­tion.

“It’s not just Townsville where there’s a short­age,” he said. “There hadn’t been enough pro­duc­tion of Aus­tra- lian doc­tors un­til the cre­ation of med­i­cal schools like James Cook Univer­sity which grad­u­ated its first co­hort in 2005.”

Pro­fes­sor Gupta said about half of James Cook Univer­sity med­i­cal grad­u­ates chose to be­come GPs and most were pas­sion­ate about ru­ral and re­gional ar­eas. “Of our stu­dents 84 per cent in­tend to prac­tise re­gion­ally com­pared to 16 per cent at many other med­i­cal schools,” he said.

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