JCU excels at healthcare in tropical, rural and remote areas
James Cook University (JCU) offers a range of health degrees to students at all levels of study. Located in Northern Queensland, research and teaching at the University is committed to the wellbeing of rural, remote, tropical and Indigenous communities, across the spectrum of health professions – dental surgery, medicine, nursing, physiotherapy and a range of other degrees.
Graduates of the dental school at JCU are shown to be the most frequently employed throughout Queensland’s rural and remote areas according to figures from a Queensland Health report. JCU’s dental and medical schools were set up as a way to get more health professionals working in rural and remote settings. Head of Dentistry, Professor Neil Meredith, said the result validated the dental school’s ethos: “It’s commonly said that there are too many dentists in Australia, but they are completely maldistributed. There is a chronic shortage in rural and remote areas.”
JCU medical programmes have an emphasis on tropical medicine, the health of rural and remote communities, and of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders. Medical students at JCU gain early experience in the tropical health care context and benefit from extensive clinical experience and a full course of medical education and training. The programme attracts students, staff and clinicians with an ambition to make a difference, whatever their background, speciality or career direction. Watch the video to find out more about the six-year Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery degree on offer at JCU, or contact Study Options for more information about applying for and studying medicine and health programmes.