About us

James Cook University (JCU) is producing a fit-for-purpose health workforce for regional, rural, and remote communities through locally-based and integrated general practice and rural generalist education from undergraduate to clinician years.

We have a collective of clinicians, academics and administrative staff across Queensland who are passionate about general practice and rural medicine. Driven by a commitment to improving health outcomes, we work in, with and for our rural, remote and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

JCU is Australia's leading university in training and graduating doctors who go on to primary care careers in regional, rural and remote communities. Our 'end-to-end' regional training pathway begins in medical school and continues through junior doctor years and on to General Practitioner (GP) fellowship training with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).

GP training in northern and regional Queensland is centred on providing a hands-on training and on-the-ground presence across a well-connected network of placement practices and hospital and health services throughout regional, rural and remote Queensland.

The end result of this supportive and integrated training pathway is GP Fellows who are patient-centred and socially responsible practitioners, equipped with a broad scope of practice and confidence in rural and remote settings.

From a wide scope of practice, to making a real impact to the health of underserved communities, General Practice and Rural Medicine in northern and regional Queensland offers a rewarding career and lifestyle.

Working together towards shared goals

From February 2023, JCU General Practice and Rural Medicine entered into collaborative partnerships with both ACRRM and RACGP to continue with the delivery of General Practice and Rural Generalist Fellowship training. We bring our in-depth clinical and community knowledge and strong relationships with training posts across Queensland to the excellent training programs offered by the RACGP and ACRRM. Together, we are providing rewarding training and career opportunities that offer adventure, skills and impact.

Our Leadership Team

JCU General Practice and Rural Medicine is led by a dedicated and passionate leadership team that work collaboratively with our stakeholders across the training continuum.

Associate Professor Aaron Hollins

Head, General Practice and Rural Medicine



(07) 409 56101

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Associate Professor Paula Heggarty

Lead Medical Educator, Education, Training & Research



(07) 478 13640

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Dr Cindi Jackson

Lead Medical Educator, ACRRM



0436 657 865

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Associate Professor Catrina Felton-Busch

Chair, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Committee



(07) 478 16491

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Robyn Dupuis

Manager, General Practice Training Operations



(07) 423 22313

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Rachael Hopper

Manager, ACRRM Programs



(07) 484 85110

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Senior Fellows

JCU General Practice and Rural Medicine’s Senior Fellows are experienced and respected senior GP colleagues who are available to facilitate dialogue between supervisors and JCU leadership, medical educators and administrative staff.

Senior Fellows provide feedback to JCU General Practice and Rural Medicine from the supervisor's perspective and provide feedback to supervisors on areas including Australian General Practice Training, educational, practice and registrar activity across our region.

JCU General Practice and Rural Medicine Senior Fellows contribute to policy development and implementation.

The Senior Fellows team is led by Dr Denise Powell, and can be contacted by emailing gprm.seniorfellows@jcu.edu.au.