For Health Professionals

Join our expert panels as we discuss contemporary topics for Health Professionals

In this ever-changing world, it’s important to come together and share our findings on emerging health topics.

JCU is offering a range of informative webinars for health professionals featuring experts in various fields. Broaden your knowledge and stay across what’s happening on the health front.

Keep an eye on this page for upcoming episodes in the JCU Webinar Series.

Stay tuned for more webinars coming soon in 2023.

Previous webinars

Friday 11 December

Making Rural Health Matter: Celebrating 20 years of JCU Medicine

To mark 20 years of JCU Medicine we are turning the spotlight on the current challenges facing medical workforce in rural, remote and regional Australia. Please join us as we take a look back over the success of our program and its impact around the region. Our expert panel then discuss the broader medical workforce challenges facing rural, regional and remote communities. It examines some of the current initiatives underway, while investigating the barriers and enablers aimed at addressing the problem.

JCU is Australia’s most successful university in delivering a fit-for-purpose medical workforce for those most in need. We’ve come a long way in twenty years, but there’s still more to be done.
Featured panellists:
  • The Hon. Mark Coulton, Minister for Regional Health
  • Professor Ian Wronski, Chair, Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre
  • Professor Ruth Stewart, National Rural Health Commissioner
  • Professor Richard Murray, Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor Tropical Health and Medicine, JCU
  • Dr Jillann Farmer, Deputy Director-General of Clinical Excellence Queensland
  • Hosted by Associate Professor Peta-Ann Teague, Acting Dean of JCU College of Medicine and Dentistry

Part 1

Part 2

Wednesday 5 August

Autism Spectrum Disorder, ‘Not a processing error – it’s a different operating system’

CPD points: 1 (one)

Presenter: Andrew Lee, Associate Professor of Preventative and Special Needs Dentistry, College of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is classified as a complex neurodevelopment disorder affecting three main domains, which include impaired social interaction, impaired communication skills as well as sensorimotor deficits combined with stereotyped and restricted behaviours. The oral health care of clients with ASD may present a number of challenges, not least two different operating systems trying their best to interface, with, on occasion, frustrating outcomes.

This lecture aims to provide a broader understanding of individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their clinical dental management.

The webinar is open to: anyone with an interest in the oral health of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

CPD webinars
Tuesday 28 July

Ep 8 - The Animal-Human Health Link

Join our panellists as they discuss the fascinating and complex interconnection between people, animals, and the environment in which they live - a concept called 'One Health'. They will explore concepts of applying a One Health approach to health issues at the animal, human and ecosystem interface to achieve health outcomes for people and animals in a shared environment.

Featured panellists:

  • Professor Maxine Whittaker - Dean of JCU's College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences and Co-Director of the World Health Organisation's Collaborating Centre for Vector Borne Diseases and Neglected Tropical Diseases. Editor of the book One Health: the added value of integrated health approaches
  • Dr Paul Horwood - Senior Lecturer, Virology and Viral Diseases, in JCU's College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences. 'One Health' researcher
  • Dr Sue Devine – Associate Professor, Acting Academic Health and Academic Advisor for Postgraduate Public Health Programs, JCU College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences

View the presentation slides (PDF, 1641 KB)

Tuesday 14 July

Ep 7 - COVID-19 Communicable Disease Control

Join our panel as they discuss the importance and multiple applications of the basic concepts of communicable disease control and their translation into policies for the mitigation and control of the COVID-19 pandemic: the concept of herd immunity, R0 and the relevance for vaccine development, clinical trials and more.

Featured panellists:

  • Dr Diana Rojas Alvarez - Lecturer, Communicable Disease Control and One Health
    JCU College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences
  • Dr Steven Donohue - Public Health Physician, Director- Leader of the COVID-19 response
    Townsville Public Health Unit
  • Professor Maxine Whittaker – Dean of the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences

View the presentation slides (PDF 576KB)

For more information on the Healthcare Professionals Webinar Series or to submit topics of interest for future webinars, please contact us.