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A Brief History of Australia

Flag of AustraliaAboriginal settlers arrived on the continent from Southeast Asia about 40,000 years before the first Europeans began exploration in the 17th century. No formal territorial claims were made until 1770, when Capt. James COOK took possession in the name of Great Britain. Six colonies were created in the late 18th and 19th centuries; they federated and became the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901. The new country took advantage of its natural resources to rapidly develop agricultural and manufacturing industries and to make a major contribution to the British effort in World Wars I and II. In recent decades, Australia has transformed itself into an internationally competitive, advanced market economy. It boasted one of the OECD's fastest growing economies during the 1990s, a performance due in large part to economic reforms adopted in the 1980s. Long-term concerns include climate-change issues such as the depletion of the ozone layer and more frequent droughts, and management and conservation of coastal areas, especially the Great Barrier Reef. Read More.

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About James Cook University

JCU – a world-class enterprise

James Cook University is Australia's leading tropical research university. We take our name from the eighteenth-century British navigator and explorer Captain James Cook, whose epic voyages contributed to the world of science. The University was proclaimed in Townsville on 20 April 1970, two hundred years after Cook charted the eastern seaboard of Australia, including northern Queensland.

The University is governed by the JCU Council, established under the James Cook University Act 1997. The Council is chaired by the Chancellor Lt Gen John Grey AC. Management of JCU is through the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sandra Harding. The University is guided by its Statement of Strategic Intent, which focuses on creating a brighter future for life in the tropics worldwide through graduates and discoveries that make a difference.

JCU is a vibrant, multi-campus university with our main sites in the tropical Queensland cities of Townsville and Cairns. We also have modern campuses in Brisbane and Singapore. There are smaller sites in Mackay, Mount Isa and Thursday Island, and we deliver our courses through education partners in Asia and the Pacific.

In a recent ranking of the world's top 500 universities, JCU was one of only 15 Australian universities listed (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Academic Ranking of World Universities 2007). In 2008, JCU is ranked in the 303-401 grouping compared to the 403-510 group in 2007.

In the Asia-Pacific region, James Cook University is ranked in the 42-68 grouping of the top 100 and nationally it is ranked in the 10 to 14 grouping. Both are improvements on the University’s ranking in 2007.

Comprehensive study options

Undergraduate and postgraduate courses span the Arts, Business, Creative Arts, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine and Health Sciences, Science, Information Technology and Social Sciences. We aim to give graduates the qualifications and skills they need for the global workforce. Local industries and professions contribute to course content, and many courses include work placement schemes.

Leading research

JCU’s vision is to be one of the world’s leading research universities in the tropics. JCU is home to more than 20 specialist centres and institutes, and maintains island, rainforest and outback research stations. More than $23 million in research funding is received annually. Areas of research focus include: biodiversity, sustainable management of tropical ecosystems, global warming, tropical agriculture, tropical health care in remote communities and cultural diversity.

Tropical Northern Queensland – a natural place for study

Tropical northern Queensland is a remarkable region. Townsville and Cairns are thriving coastal cities, each with populations of more than 130,000. More than two million visitors a year come to experience the World Heritage listed natural wonders in our region – the Great Barrier Reef and the rainforests of the Wet Tropics. These ancient environments offer rich teaching and research opportunities for our students and staff. More and more Australian and international students are discovering the advantages of tropical Queensland as a study location. Find out more about Tropical Northern Queensland.

Student support

JCU has a commitment to making university education accessible and achievable for a wider range of people. Our preparatory courses, entrance schemes and student support programs encourage this objective.

Find out more about JCU at our Visitors, Future Students and Research pages.

Medicine

JCU’s School of Medicine and Dentistry offers the only full medical course in northern Australia. The six-year, full-time undergraduate Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree is a comprehensive program combining integrated instruction in biomedical sciences, professional practice and clinical medicine.

The course aims to produce graduates of the highest academic standards and has a particular emphasis on tropical medicine, the health of Indigenous Australians and rural and remote medicine. Students are based at the Townsville campus for the first four years and undertake varied clinical experience including rural rotations.

The JCU medical precinct is opposite the Townsville Hospital, the largest teaching hospital in regional Australia. In years five and six, students are based at one of the Clinical Schools in Cairns, Darwin, Mackay or Townsville. Applicants from rural and remote areas are given special consideration.

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Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

The School of Medicine at James Cook University offers a six-year full time undergraduate degree in medicine and surgery (MBBS). The course aims to produce graduates of the highest academic standards, who can progress to medical practice and to further studies in medical specialties. The course places special emphasis on rural and Indigenous health and tropical medicine.

The course in based at the Townsville campus for the first three years. The majority of students in years frour, five and six relocate for the entire two years to other School of Medicine teaching sites such as Cairns, Mackay and Darwin. In years five and six, students spend most of their learning time in hospitals and health services.

Course Highlights

Students enjoy small group teaching, modern facilities and early clinical practice. Students have the opportunity to take international electives (there are scholarships and bursaries available to travel overseas) and develop specialist knowledge in the areas of rural, remote tropical and indigenous health during placements throughout Australia.

Overview

Duration: 6 years full-time
Mode: On campus (Internal), full time
Workload: Normal workload expectations are an average of 23 hours of contact time per week across the first three years of the course, increasing in the later three years to an average of 35 hours of contact time per week in the sixth year of the course. Contact time includes lectures, tutorials, clinical skills sessions, placements and time spent in a hospital or clinic environment. Additional time needs to be allowed for preparation and time spent on assessment tasks.
Type: Undergraduate
Credit points: 144 credit points o
Intake: February
Closing Date for Applications: By 5pm of the last working day in September.
Campus: Years 1-3: Townsville, with some out of Townsville placements.
Years 4-6: Cairns, Darwin, Mackay or Townsville.
See Placement and relocations for a full description of the requirements about study locations.
Faculty: Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences
School: School of Medicine and Dentistry
Special Entry Requirements: Submit a JCU Application Form to the Faculty Student Officer at the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences by the last working day of September, 2009.
Prerequisite/s: English, Maths B and Chemistry (Physics desirable)#
Additional Entry Requirements: Queensland Health requires all health care worker students be immunised against Hepatitis B prior to their first clinical placement.
  • Infectious Diseases Policy
  • Undergraduate Infectious Diseases Declaration Form
QTAC code: 317012 Townsville
Course code: 72010
CRICOS Code: 043052K
o Credit points: Represent the combined value of individual subjects in a degree. One subject usually constitutes three credit points.
# Applicants with all four semesters of Physics (4, SA) without Chemistry (4, SA) will be considered but if selected must undertake and successfully complete the four week bridging Chemistry course at JCU prior to the start of the academic year (approximately last two weeks of January and first two weeks of February)

Structure

YEAR 1 Subject Name Mode of Delivery Study Period (SP)
Teaching Period 1
MD1010:12 Introduction to Integrated Medical Studies Part 1 of 2 Internal SP1
Teaching Period 2
MD1020:12 Introduction to Integrated Medical Studies Part 2 of 2 Internal SP2
YEAR 2
Teaching Period 1
MD2010:12 Integrated Human System Pathophysiology Part 1 of 2 Internal SP1
Teaching Period 2
MD2020:09 Integrated Human System Pathophysiology Part 2 of 2 Internal SP2
MD2008:03 Independent Study Internal SP2
OR
OPTION CHOICE To be discussed with the Dean of Medicine, approval is required to change this subject and you will need to advise the Faculty Office
YEAR 3
Teaching Period 1
MD3010:12 Introduction to Clinical Healthcare Part 1 of 2 Internal SP1
Teaching Period 2
MD3020:12 Introduction to Clinical Healthcare Part 2 of 2 Internal SP2
YEAR 4
Teaching Period 1
MD4010:12 Integrated Pathology and Clinical Medicine Part 1 of 2 Limited SP1
Teaching Period 2
MD4020:12 Integrated Pathology and Clinical Medicine Part 2 of 2 Limited SP2
YEAR 5
Teaching Period 1
MD5010:06 Integrated Clinical Practice Part 1 of 3 Placement/Work Experience SP3
MD5020:09 Integrated Clinical Practice Part 2 of 3 Placement/Work Experience SP1
Teaching Period 2
MD5030:09 Integrated Clinical Practice Part 3 of 3 Placement/Work Experience SP2
YEAR 6
Teaching Period 1
MD6010:06 Advanced Clinical Medicine Part 1 of 3 Placement/Work Experience SP3
MD6020:09 Advanced Clinical Medicine Part 2 of 3 Placement/Work Experience SP1
Teaching Period 2
MD6030:09 Advanced Clinical Medicine Part 3 of 3 Placement/Work Experience SP2

Placements and relocations to sites other than Townsville

All students enrolled in the MBBS and MBBS (Hons) program attend clinical placements in sites other than Townsville in each year of the program. More than half the students in Years 4, 5 and 6 are expected to relocate to other School clinical teaching sites such as Cairns, Darwin and Mackay.

A condition of entry to the JCU MBBS course requires that students agree to undertake these placements and relocations. There are NO exemptions from this requirement.

Lateral entry students who enter the program in Years 2 or 3 are expected to participate in the placement and relocation programs. A condition of entry is that some Lateral Entry students may be asked to undertake placements scheduled in years earlier that their admission year, if a gap in their experience is identified.

Our primary aim is to provide high quality medical education that also reflects our focus on rural, remote, Indigenous and tropical health. For this reason and to accommodate the increased number of students that are needed for the future, we have a program that is geographically distributed across northern Queensland and the Northern Territory. Students entering medicine in 2009 should expect, at minimum, the following placements and relocations.

Year 1:
2 week Health Elective Placement

Students undertake a continuous two week elective in December (Year 1 of the MBBS) - January in an area of health of interest to the student and ratified by the School.

These placements are not available at hospitals where there are already more senior medical students.

Working with placement coordinators, students organise this elective themselves, including travel and accommodation and bear associated costs.

Year 2: 4 week Rural Elective Placement

Students undertake a continuous four week elective in mid-year break or the end-of year break. This is undertaken in a community the School recognises as being rural (Townsville, Cairns and Mackay and other similar regional centres are not regarded as being rural) and as having a suitable placement location and supervisor.

This elective cannot be done in the student’s home town or in a health service where their parent works. Students should reside in the town for the entire placement and not commute.

Working with placement coordinators, students organise this elective themselves, including travel and accommodation and bear associated costs.

Year 3: 2 week Acute Care Elective Placement

This elective is undertakenafter the end-or-year exams in a location organised by the School of one which is organised by the student and ratified by the School.

Students who organise this elective themselves, bear associated costs, including travel and accommodation.

Year 4: Relocation of students to Cairns or other teaching sites

Large numbers of students will be required to relocate to Cairns or other teaching centres to live and work for their Year 4 Academic Year.

The final decision on who will relocate to Cairns will be decided by ballot in Year 3. Students bear all associated costs of the relocation.

8 week Rural Term

All students undertake an 8 week rural rotation to a rural teaching site such as, but not limited to the Atherton Tablelands, Mackay region (not Mackay city), Mt Isa and the Gulf region, Cape York and other rural towns in north Queensland.

The final decision on which students go to which sites will be decided by ballot in Year 3.

Students bear travel costs that are associated with this elective. Accommodation is supplied by JCU and/or Qld Health.

Years 5: Relocation of students to other teaching sites for all year 5 and 6

Most students will be required to relocate to live and study fulltime for all of Year 5 & 6 in either Cairns, Mackay or Darwin, or other sites that may be developed in the interim.

Students bear all associated costs of the relocation.

The final decision on which students go to which sites will be decided by ballot in Year 4 of all Cairns and Townsville based students. Students with school-aged children may apply for exemption from re-location. Others with exceptional circumstances may apply for consideration for exemption from relocation.

Year 6: Year 5 relocation continues in year 6

In most cases, students continue at the same location in Year 6 as in Year 5.

8 week Rural Internship

All students undertake an 8 week rural internship in rural Queensland Health hospitals and community settings or other hospitals ratified by the School.

Students are allocated by ballot in the Year 5.

Students bear travel costs that are associated with this elective. Accommodation is supplied by JCU and/or Qld Health.

Career Opportunities

Doctors and surgeons are in high demand. JCU graduates with a degree in medicine and surgery are eligible for professional registration with all medical boards in Australia and New Zealand. This enables them to enter supervised medical practice as interns anywhere in Australia, and prepares them to progress to any medical specialty.

Professional Accreditation

The JCU Medical School has accredited by the Australian Medical Council – the national accreditation and standards body.

Medical graduates are eligible for professional registration with all medical boards in Australia and New Zealand, which enables them to enter supervised medical practice as interns anywhere in Australia, and prepares them to progress to any medical specialty.

Application and Contact Information

Australian and New Zealand Applicants: Contact Us

International Applicants: Contact Us

Graduate Certificate of Research Methods (Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences)

JCU offers Research Methods Courses for graduates wishing to enter research higher degrees at this university, who may not have the appropriate research experience to meet Faculty entry requirements.

These courses provide graduates with sufficient research experience to enter some research Masters programs at JCU. Students need to achieve a grade point average of at least Credit in order to be eligible for a research Masters program.

Overview

Duration: 0.5 year full-time
Mode: internal/external; F/PT
Type: Postgraduate
Credit points: 12 credit points o
Fees: See our Postgraduate study costs website
Intake: February and August. Mid-year entry available for domestic part-time students
Prerequisite/s:

A four-year bachelor degree in the relevant discipline, with a fourth year grade point average of at least Credit;

or

A three-year bachelor degree in the relevant discipline.

Campus: Townsville; Cairns
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences
Course code: 79011

* Duration: Part-time study is available to domestic students only.

o Credit points: Represent the combined value of individual subjects in a degree. One subject usually constitutes three credit points.

Structure

Students follow an individually tailored course of study to obtain a minimum of 12 credit points, including coursework and research components, as determined by their Head of School. Subjects should be chosen to enable the student to complete JCU’s confirmation of candidature requirements for a research masters.

Application and Contact Information

Application for postgraduate coursework programs is made by applying directly to JCU.

If you have any questions about this course, please contact Sandra Hurlock.

International Students

The CRICOS code for this course is 044916C

International applicants can apply online or contact JCU’s International Student Centre directly.


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