JCU welcomes boost for Northern Australia

8 July 2015

James Cook University has most warmly welcomed the release of the White Paper on Developing Northern Australia (https://northernaustralia.dpmc.gov.au/).
As Australia’s leading tropical research university, JCU strongly supports the paper’s emphasis on developing the tropical north, and the importance it places on research to drive innovation and growth.
James Cook University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Sandra Harding said developing Australia’s north will deliver tremendous benefits for the entire nation.

James Cook University Medical School
JCU’s MBBS program focuses on tropical medicine

“There is great untapped potential in Northern Australia, and I believe the White Paper is a giant step towards enabling the development of our northern regions.”
Professor Harding said JCU is a leader in many areas of research affecting Northern Australia and the tropics, including tropical medicine, aquaculture, and environmental sciences.
She said the sustainable development of Northern Australia is closely aligned with the university’s goals, as is the need for a new perspective on how Australia regards the north.
“A new idea of Australia is required. That new idea is that the development of the north and the Tropics around us holds the key to Australia’s future prosperity.
“The State of the Tropics 2014 Report, convened by James Cook University, also confirms the critical importance of the Tropics for the world’s future.
“There is great value in explicitly identifying northern Australia with the Tropics, as it clearly situates Australia in one of the most dynamic regions of the world.
James Cook University aims to create a brighter future for life in the Tropics worldwide through graduates and discoveries that make a difference, and the development of Northern Australia will help achieve this.”
As part of the White Paper, the Federal Government has announced it will invest $75 million in a new CRC for Developing Northern Australia. The CRC will build on the growNORTH proposal, which JCU has been heavily involved in developing.
JCU also welcomes the White Paper’s emphasis on expanding research into tropical medicine. The Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine, based at James Cook University, has world-class expertise in tropical health and medical research.
Professor Harding is a member of the Federal Government’s Northern Australia Advisory Group.

About JCU Medical School in Townsville

Located in Townsville, JCU Medical School offers the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) medical degree and aims to produce graduates of the highest academic standards who can progress to medical practice and to further studies in medical specialties. Graduates will be uniquely qualified in the fields of rural, remote and Indigenous health, and tropical medicine.
The MBBS program in based at the Townsville campus for the first three years. The majority of students in years 4, 5 and 6 relocate to other School of Medicine teaching sites such as Cairns, Mackay and Darwin. In years 5 and 6, students spend most of their learning time in hospitals and health services.
Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 6 years
Application deadline: August 31, 2015

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