Evaluation of the University Departments of Rural Health Program and the Rural Clinical Schools Program

RCS Site Profile: James Cook University Rural Clinical School

Page last updated: 2009

Site detail68

Name and address of main sites

James Cook university Rural Clinical School
Mackay Base Hospital
Bridge Rd
Mackay QLD 474069

Number and location of additional sites (with office space and personnel)

3 additional sites. Atherton, Mt Isa, Proserpine

Mission statement

To pursue excellence and provide leadership in medical education and research. In particular, programs will be responsive to the health needs of the communities of northern Australia and the school will be a leader in the focus areas of rural and remote health, Indigenous health and tropical medicine for Australia and for the wider Asia-Pacific region.

Start date

2006 Rural Clinical School

Total staffing numbers

32 including part-time academic clinicians
Additional public and private clinicians contracted to deliver teaching

Student numbers

200770

32 in 1st academic year RCS
33 in 2nd academic year RCS71

2008

46 in 1st academic year RCS
32 in 2nd academic year RCS72

Capital works and facilities as at July 2008

Atherton

  • Lecture/tutorial/clinical skills room (40-50 people capacity)
  • Video-conference facilities
  • Tele-conference facilities
  • Broadband internet
  • Computer lab
  • Library
  • Administration and staff offices
  • 11 bed student accomodation with broadband internet access and wireless connection

Cairns

  • Tutorial rooms
  • Meeting rooms
  • Video-conference facilities
  • Tele-conference facilities
  • Clinical skills lab
  • Computer lab
  • Cairns Base Hospital Library
  • Administration and staff offices
  • Student common room

Mackay

  • Tutorial room
  • 2 meeting rooms
  • Video-conference facilities
  • Tele-conference facilities
  • Clinical skills lab
  • Computer lab
  • Mackay Base Hospital Library
  • Administration and staff offices
  • 20 bed student accomodation connected to JCU network

Mareeba

  • 4 bed student accomodation with broadband internet access and wireless connection
  • Computer lab for student use

Mt Isa

  • Access to MICRRH resources through MOU:
  • Student accomofation
  • Clinical skills lab
  • Computer lab
  • Tutorial rooms
  • Joint MUCRRH/hospital library
  • Video-conferencing facilities
  • Tele-conferencing facilities

Proserpine

  • Classroom
  • Computer lab and common room for student use within Proserpine Hospital
  • 4 bed student accomodation with broadband internet access and wireless connection

Thursday Island

4 bed student accomodation with broadband internet access and wireless connection.

Site training capacity73

Nature of training site

No. Students 2007

No. Students 2008

Atherton district hub

(includes Mareeba, Mossman, Innisfail and Cooktown)

Atherton and Mareeba hospitals

AMS

GP Clinics
52 students on 8 week rotations50 students on 8 week rural rotations

Carins district hub

(includes Thursday Island)

Clinical School at the Cairns Base Hospital

GP clinics

Wuchopperen (AMS)

TI Community Health Services
46 RCS

10 students on 8 week rural rotations
53 RCS

10 students on 8 week rural rotations

Central district hub

(includes Ayr, Ingham, Charters Towers, Bowen, Proserpine and Palm Island)

QH hospitals and community health centres

AMS

GP clinics
40 students on 8 wwek rural rotations38 students on 8 week rural rotations

Mackay district hub

(includes Sarina Moranbah and Glenden)

Clinical school at the Mackay Base Hospital

GP clinics

ATSI community health service

Mater Private Hospital

Sarina and Moranbah hospitals
18 RCS


15 students on 8 week rural rotations
25 RCS

17 students on 8 week rural rotations

Mt Isa hub

(includes Cloncurry, Longreach and other outlying remote areas

MICRRH

GP clinics

Outreach clinics
47 students on 8 week rural rotations53 students on 8 week rural rotations

Main areas of research interest

  • Rural and remote health
  • Indigenous health
  • Women's health
  • Tropical medicine
  • Health service delivery
  • Rural and remote health workforce
  • Health care behaviour
  • Road crash research
  • Medical education

68Data and information provided by the RCS, as at August 2008, unless otherwise specified
69The JCU model is a wholly regionally delivered medical program whereby all students spend a minimum of one semester in total on rural and remote clinical attachments (in RRMA 4-7 locations). Around half the students also spend 2 clinical training years in Mackay or Cairns (RRMA 3).
70Data sourced from 2007 annual report
7145 x non-RCS 4th year students (on 8 week rural rotations), 33 x non-RCS 6th year students (on 8 week rural rotations)
7298 x non-RCS 4th year students (on 8 week rural rotations), 67 x non-RCS 6th year students (on 8 week rural rotations)
73The disributed rural clinical school model at James Cook University works on a network of 'district hubs' which provide physical information and communications infrastructure as well as additional teaching and student administration capacity. As well as delivery of the RCS program locally, the district hubs provide a support function for the RCS 'teaching nodes' in smaller towns and communities in that area.