A clinical training network for Far North Queensland (supporting regionally based training)

MacCarrick, Geraldine (2012) A clinical training network for Far North Queensland (supporting regionally based training). In: Papers of Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators' Conference 2012. p. 60. From: RACMA 2012: Benefitting from the boom. Challenges for the healthcare sytstem, 5-7 September 2012, Perth, W.A..

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There is currently a maldistribution of the medical workforce in Australia, particularly felt in Queensland. This is contributing to inequalities in health service access and poorer health outcomes for regional populations. We know that regionally based health professional education works. Interventions such as James Cook University Medical School, has seen a doubling in the number of junior resident staff in the region. However in Queensland alone it is estimated we need over 1000 additional accredited vocational training positions to accommodate the bulge that has been created by the increased domestic graduate numbers. Although increasing the number of regionally trained medical graduates has played a significant part of the solution towards alleviating medical workforce maldistribution, this now needs to be urgently matched with expanded postgraduate training opportunities situated in regional areas. Of particular concern are the known inefficiencies in the medical 'training pipeline'. Undergraduate, junior doctor and vocational training tend to act as silos with lack of engagement with the private and community sectors. The Northern Clinical Training Network (NCTN) is a collaboration between James Cook University School of Medicine and Dentistry and Queensland Health. The NCTN vision is an integrated pipeline of clinical education the primary purpose of which is to help address the inefficiencies in the 'training pipeline' and improve engagement with the private and community sectors. The role and governance of the NCTN will be described with a particular focus on support of medical workforce training in Far North Queensland.

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