Kickstart your career with our unique training opportunities.

  • Tropical diseases experience
  • Research opportunities
  • RMO rotations to Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service at Cooktown Hospital and Thursday Island Hospital
  • Rural Rotations at PHO level
  • Intern and RMO rotations with the Royal Flying Doctor Service
  • Intern GP rotation at Babinda
  • Medical Registrar rotations to North West Hospital and Health Service at Mount Isa Hospital
  • Critical Care Stream (level 3 ICU)
  • Grand Rounds / Journal clubs
  • Individual unit / department teaching
  • Advanced Rural Clinical Skills (ARCS) training course
  • Cairns Skills Centre
  • Cairns RMO Society
  • Rural Generalist GP training location (Babinda)

Rural Generalist Training

Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service has nurtured Rural Generalist Trainees since the pathway inception in 2007.

Advanced Specialist Training

Advanced Specialist Training (AST) positions are available within Cairns Hospital and the rural facilities giving medical officers the opportunity to enhance clinical practice through 12 months of focused, specialised training in preparation to transition to Senior roles within rural communities of the Health Service.

Rotations at rural hospitals

Rotations at Atherton, Innisfail, Mareeba, Tully and Mossman are accommodated during PGY2 & PGY3 years. Longer-term placements are available for PGY4+. Intern rotations at Babinda are accommodated during PGY1.

  • Atherton Hospital is committed to ongoing medical education, with regular teaching sessions accredited with the Australian College of General Practitioners and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine. Some of these are in conjunction with local general practitioners with whom the hospital has a close cooperative relationship. We also have a very active Simulation Centre, for multidisciplinary training within the hospital.

    There is a James Cook University satellite campus next door to the Hospital, where we train students in years two, four and six as part of their clinical rotations.

    • Dedicated SMO clinical educator one day per week
    • Weekly doctors education meeting
    • Weekly combined GP/hospital education session
    • Regular PROMPT/neoResus
    • Emergency Medicine Education and Training
  • Innisfail Hospital has a young enthusiastic group of SMOs with a strong interest in teaching rotational PHOs and rural generalist trainees. Our teaching program includes:

    • Weekly interactive rural focused case based didactic education
    • Weekly in situ ED simulation-based training
    • Weekly ultrasound education session delivered by sonographer and SMOs
    • Constant asymmetric case-based discussion via social media with dedicated groups for ECG, fracture management, dermatology, echocardiography, anaesthesia
    • Regular Emergency Medicine Education and Training sessions
    • Regular neoresusc, neonatal stabilization, PROMPT training days
    • Regular maternity incident management meetings

    Innisfail Hospital has advanced imaging and laboratory capacity allowing critical care patients to receive diagnosis locally and allow ongoing treatment locally in our High Dependency Unit. PGY2s and 3s will be provided with opportunities to be involved in management of high acuity patients in the ED and HDU involving line placement, invasive monitoring vasoactive agent support and NIV. PGY4s and above will be encouraged to take leadership in clinical management to the maximum degree of their comfort.

    Innisfail Hospital is accredited under the Institute of Health Communities Australia Quality Improvement Council Standards and Accreditation Program.

    We are an Accredited Teaching Hospital of James Cook University (medical and registered nursing students) and JCU GP training (Australian College of Rural and Remote Provisional Fellows).

  • Babinda MPHS is the only registered and accredited general practice training location within the CHHHS meeting all the ACRRM and RACGP training pathway requirements for the 24-month Primary Rural and Remote Training and GP training, it is also an accredited Population Health AST location.

    If you are interested in being actively involved in medical education of medical students and junior medical officers Babinda MPHS is host to some 14 medical students (6th 4th 2nd year students) from James Cook University per year for their Rural Rotations and an Intern rotation. Providing rural generalist exposure, experience and inspiration for potential future Rural Generalist Doctors.

  • Tully Hospital is located about midway between Cairns and Townsville, and provides care to its local residents, tourists and migrant population of banana farm workers within the Cassowary Coast. With limited on-site pathology and imaging services, our clinicians rely heavily on the importance of clinical assessments and point-of-care investigations to deliver safe and effective care to our patients.

    Tully Hospital is accredited with JCU GP training program for trainees to complete their rural core rotation and is working into expanding into accreditation for primary care terms. Apart from rotational PHOs, Tully Hospital also provide AST training in Emergency Medicine as a 6-month placement, with the other 6 months at Cairns Emergency Department.

    Our educational activities include:

    • Weekly Hospital Education
    • Emergency Medicine Education and Training (EMET), RSQ lectures etc
    • Ad hoc Skills and Simulation training

    Tully Hospital is staffed by SMOs and rotational PHOs, and also hosts medical students (year 2, 4 and 6) from James Cook University for their Rural Rotations.

    If you’re looking for a rewarding career (with great lifestyle balance given our beautiful natural environment of the reef and rainforest), come join the team to fully experience the challenges and rewards of life as a Rural Generalist Doctor!

  • As a level three facility, Mareeba Hospital  have surgical capacity 24 hours per day, along with routine obstetric, endoscopy, general surgery and dental lists.

    As well as in-patient care we also provide primary care services at:

    • Lotus Glen Correctional Facility
    • Dimbulah Primary Health Centre
    • Amaroo Community Clinic (within the hospital)

    We have a strong learning culture, supporting doctors-in-training through their ACRRM/RACGP pathway. Our Director of Clinical Training is dedicated to helping students, interns and registrars to achieve their goals.

    In terms of on-site learning, we offer:

    • Structured training sessions 4 times / week
    • Weekly Intern and GP teaching
    • In-situ SIM training
    • ALS, PROMPT + NeoResus courses
  • Yarrabah is Queensland’s, if not Australia’s, largest discrete Indigenous community.  Working in Yarrabah fulfils the love of First Nations Health Care through our Emergency Department which is co-located with the AMS next door.  This facility is accredited for ACRRM AST Population Health and expand into Emergency Medicine.

  • Mossman MPHS is a 32 bed centre providing acute inpatient services, residential aged care, accident and emergency, community and primary health care services, mental health, dental and other outreach specialist services.

    Rotations in Mossman are accommodated during PGY2 and PGY3 years. Longer term placements are available for PGY4+.

    • Weekly Hospital Education
    • Emergency Medicine Education and Training
    • M&Ms
    • Case discussions
    • JCU student rotations

Specialty Pathways

For more information regarding the specialty pathways options available in North Queensland see the Northern Queensland Training Hubs.

Last updated: June 2022