UQ leads national healthcare review

16 April 2015

UQ alumnus and Professor of Primary Care Research Professor Claire Jackson was appointed to lead an Australian Government review of after-hours primary healthcare services.
The former President of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and former Head of UQ’s Discipline of General Practice said the review considered the operation of after-hours services when the Medicare Local arrangements ended in June 2015.

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“The review provided recommendations regarding the appropriate and effective delivery of after-hours services nationally,”
Professor Jackson said.
The review was recommended in the Australian Government’s March 2014 Report into Medicare Locals. Its terms of reference was to seek to clarify the role of general practitioners in after-hours arrangements, policy implications, delivery strategies, infrastructure support and engagement with the private sector. Professor Jackson said the process provided a unique opportunity to review and improve delivery of after-hours services at a national level.
“Primary care reform is a complex and fluid focus and this work combines with other recent reviews to ensure all communities receive high-quality and accessible health services. The review will also offer opportunities to identify and encourage innovative practice. Consumer needs and the challenges experienced in rural and remote regions will be examined as well as previous
evaluations of the current program,” Professor Jackson said.
The report was delivered to the Government on Oct. 31, 2014. Professor Jackson is a general practitioner and student supervisor at Camp Hill Health Care and primary health care at the UQ School of Medicine.

About the UQ Medical School Program

The UQ Medical School conducts a four-year, graduate-entry medical program, the Doctor of Medicine (MD). The UQ MD is a professional entry extended masters medical training program, which replaced the MBBS program in 2015.
Program: Doctor of Medicine
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: January
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: Applications are assessed on a rolling admissions (first come, first served) basis. It is recommended that applicants apply as early as possible to increase their chances of timely assessment.

Entry Requirements for the UQ Medical Program

1. Performance in a key degree within the last 10 years. The GPA will be based on the student’s most recently completed key degree. A key degree is a bachelor’s degree, honours degree, master’s degree (coursework or research) or a PhD. Applications must meet a minimum average to be eligible. For the 2016 intake, an applicant must have a minimum average of 5.0 on UQ’s scale of 7.0 (65%) to apply.
2. Performance in the North American Medical College Admission Test (MCAT or GAMSAT). Applications must meet a minimum of 8/8/8 or 8/8/M/8 on the MCAT to be eligible. UQ will accept MCAT scores with one ‘7’ score, as long as there’s no more than one ‘7’, nothing less than a ‘7’, and meets the total requirement of 24 or 24M.
No deadline has been set for the final MCAT sitting eligible for assessment; however, students must be aware that only completed applications (including MCAT results) will be assessed. By sitting the MCAT sooner, you are potentially increasing your chances of program spots being available when your application is complete.
3. Compulsory consultative meeting with the UQ School of Medicine program director, in person, in Canada. Consultations will be one-on-one meetings with the UQ Medical School program director to determine your suitability for the program and motivations for practicing medicine. You will have the opportunity to ask questions about the UQ medical program, clinicals, opportunities in Canada, licensing, internships in Australia, etc.

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Find out more about the UQ School of Medicine and the Doctor of Medicine program. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson at sarah@oztrekk.com, or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.