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Graduate Diploma of Rural and Remote Medicine

Course Description

What is rural and remote medicine?

Rural and remote communities in northern Australia and the tropics face unique health issues. We are committed to equipping health professionals with the capabilities to practice in rural and remote settings.

Who is this course for?

This course is for medical practitioners and graduates who want to specialise in rural practice.

Course learning outcomes

The Graduate Diploma of Rural and Remote Medicine enables doctors working in rural and remote Australia to complete a postgraduate qualification to enhance their clinical, academic and research skills. They will develop knowledge, skills and attitudes to contribute to clinical, academic work and research relating to rural and remote medicine. Graduates will work to foster their practice through professional development and the application of evidence-based practice.
Graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Rural and Remote Medicine will be able to:
*Demonstrate advanced and contemporary knowledge of medicine in the rural and remote context, particularly focusing on cultural, social and management concepts for rural and remote patients and communities
*Demonstrate advanced and current strategies and skills in health profession education in the rural and remote context
*Critically analyse and evaluate community, population, legislative and funding factors that influence health and health care delivery in rural and remote communities
*Examine policies, professional and legal statutory requirements applicable to rural medical practitioners
*Design, implement and communicate a minor research project in an area of relevance to rural and remote practice
*Evaluate and apply new and existing evidence in the chosen specialty area of relevance to rural and remote medicine
*Interpret principles, theories and methods of medical/health professional education for a variety of audiences through high-level written and spoken English
*Demonstrate personal autonomy and accountability for own professional development.

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Course articulation

Students who complete this course are eligible for entry to the Master of Rural and Remote Medicine and may be granted advanced standing for relevant subjects completed under this course.

Entry requirements (Additional)

English band level 3a - the minimum English Language test scores you need are:
*IELTS – 7.0 (no component lower than 6.5), OR
*TOEFL – 577 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 5.5), OR
*TOEFL (internet based) – 100 (minimum writing score of 23), OR
*Pearson (PTE Academic) - 72

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.
JCU’s English language provider is Union Institute of Languages (UIL). UIL have teaching centres on both the Townsville and Cairns campuses.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Why JCU?

The School of Medicine and Dentistry teaches this course. The School is a recognised leader in rural and remote health, tropical medicine and health in Australia and the wider Asia-Pacific region. We have:
*New teaching facilities including a medical research laboratory
*research partnerships with Indigenous Australian communities and international organisations
*clinical schools in Cairns, Mackay, Atherton and the Northern Territory.

Application deadlines

*1st February for commencement in semester one (February)
*1st July for commencement in semester two (mid-year/July)

Visit the Graduate Diploma of Rural and Remote Medicine page on the James Cook University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be registered medical practitioners with AHPRA: and be experienced rural medical practitioners; or have completed, or be enrolled in, a training program in rural medicine or general practice as certified by the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine or by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners; or Applicants must be a current student of an Australian Medical Council (AMC) accredited medicine program and have their enrolment approved by the Course Coordinator and College Dean.

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