JCU doctors to stay in region
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.