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CHANGE/INNOVATION
Year : 2003  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 14-21

A New Socially Responsible Medical School for Regional Australia


1 Foundation Dean, School of Medicine, James Cook University, Townsville Qld 4811, Australia
2 Chair, Integrated Working Party, School of Medicine, James Cook University, Townsville Qld 4811, Australia
3 Education Project Officer, School of Medicine, James Cook University, Townsville Qld 4811, Australia

Correspondence Address:
Richard Hays
Foundation Dean, School of Medicine, James Cook University, Townsville Qld 4811
Australia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


Background: Northern Australia is a geographically large region that has too few medical graduates and is a long way from Australia's metropolitan medical schools. This paper describes the establishment of a new medical school to serve these needs. Methods: The paper describes the steps in development and presents an overview of the innovative educational approach, based on best available educational evidence, that aims to produce a medical workforce that understand the health care needs of the region and want to practice there. Conclusion: The result is an innovative, highly integrated programme with different aspirations and a different student profile from other Australian medical schools.


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