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Developing a rural medical school in Australia


Hays, RB, Developing a rural medical school in Australia, Rural Medical Education Guidebook, World Organization of Family Doctors, AB Chater, J Rourke, R Strasser, I Couper & S, Reid (ed), Bangkok, Thailand ISBN 9780977568734 (2014) [Other Book Chapter]

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The James Cook University School of Medicine was established in 1999, building on political and community support for rural communities and the success of the North Queensland Clinical School and regional general practice training collaboration in North Queensland. The School was able to learn from a substantial international research evidence base, and was innovative in the way that it applied that evidence to all facets of the School’s activities.

The mission is closely linked to serving the workforce and health care needs of dispersed communities in northern Australia. The flagship themes of the programme – rural and remote, indigenous and tropical health – are essential to this regional mission. There is strong community engagement in student selection, teaching, assessment and evaluation. Selection processes target regional and rural background students and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

An innovative curriculum design reinforces interest in, and relevance to, regional health needs. Curriculum delivery and assessment practices ensure that learning outcomes can be achieved throughout the dispersed clinical training network. Faculty recruitment and development focuses on exposing students to strong rural role models. Postgraduate specialty training opportunities are being expanded to ensure that the ‘pipeline’ of local graduates is able to make longer-term contributions to the regional medical workforce.

The innovative approach has attracted widespread international interest. Although it is too early to tell if the longer-term school objectives have been achieved, early indications suggest that graduates are choosing to work in rural and regional Australia.

Item Details

Item Type:Other Book Chapter
Keywords:medical education, rural
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Health policy evaluation
UTAS Author:Hays, RB (Professor Richard Hays)
ID Code:101682
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2015-06-30
Last Modified:2015-07-03

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