Far North Queensland

The region

Far North Queensland offers a relaxed tropical lifestyle with diverse landscapes from beautiful beaches, to lush rainforests, mountains, green dairy country and open savannah woodland.

Covering more than 20,000 square kilometres, the Far North Queensland (FNQ) region starts at Tully in the south, goes out to Croydon in the west and up to Thursday Island in the North and along the east coast. Main towns in the region include Atherton, Babinda, Cairns, Cooktown, Innisfail, Malanda, Mareeba, Mossman, Port Douglas, Thursday Island, Tully, and Weipa.

Across the region there are thriving regional cities, small, close knit farming towns, culturally unique island communities and everything in between.  There is an international airport that flies directly to major destinations within Australia and Asia.

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Cape and Torres Strait




Training in Far North Queensland

There are more than 50 medical services, including 11 hospitals, where you can complete your GP training.  With over 30 ACCRM and 50 RACGP accredited training posts, no matter which college you choose to undertake your fellowship through, there are training posts that will help you achieve your goal of being a GP. Some sites have the added benefit of visiting specialists and allied health practitioners on a regular basis.

There are a variety of training opportunities and experiences:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • Minor surgery
  • Tropical medicine,
  • Procedural obstetrics
  • Anaesthetics
  • Counselling
  • Sexual health
  • Women’s health
  • Accident and emergency
  • Many more

If you're working towards becoming a rural generalist, advance training can also be completed in Far North Queensland in a range of specialties.

End-to-end support throughout your GP training journey is provided by our supportive local operational and Medical Education team  who have close relationships with training posts, have been to the sites and will work with you to ensure you complete your Fellowship. If you would like to know more, please email gprm.FNQ@jcu.edu.au.

Finding home

New beginnings

Rural GP life

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