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Future doctors take long look at country practice

The further you live from a major city, the higher your risk for potentially fatal illness, accident or injury. The disparity of health services in rural and remote areas is a contributing factor to poorer health outcomes for people in regional Australia. The new breed of rural health practitioners is already making a difference by choosing coalface medical education in the areas where they are most needed. Read More

Original research to improve rural hospital services

Medical students in the Longlook program at Griffith University have identified issues that may lead to better guidelines for country doctors and their patients. Read More

Priority for rural students wanting to study medicine

In good news for rural students wanting to study medicine, Griffith University is now offering a priority access scheme which will see a minimum 25 per cent of its quota coming from rural backgrounds. Called the Griffith University Rural Priority Access Scheme (GURPAS), it will see eligible students who have lived in rural areas of Australia for five years consecutively or 10 years collectively, the chance to study a Doctor of Medicine as part of a separate rural quota. Read More

Distinguished career comes full circle

Professor Allan Cripps AO has stepped down from his position as Pro Vice Chancellor (Health) after 13 years of providing the driving force that made Griffith Health what it is today. Read More

Nutrition education key for GPs

With a recent report released from the World Health Organisation on the almost four-fold increase in diabetes, Griffith University is stepping in with the launch of a program to help GPs provide effective nutrition advice to their patients. Read More

Indigenous doctor trailblazes ASD awareness

Known affectionately to her patients as “Doctor Sam”, Samarra Toby was among the first cohort of medicine students to graduate from Griffith University’s School of Medicine, and it seems, trailblazing continues to be a consistent theme for this remarkable Gangulu woman. Read More

Hands-on learning produces quality rural doctors

Doctors in rural areas sometimes have to rely on their wits more than advanced technology, as fourth year medical students Rebecca Calder and Michelle Burnham can attest. Both Rebecca and Michelle have completed half of their medical education in country hospitals and will now finish off their final year with a six-week stint in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Rebecca is keen to pursue a rural career in maternal health and Michelle is interested in tropical medicine so PNG was an appropriate choice for their selective placement. Read More

Karulbo opens doors to more Gold Coast medical students

Students from Griffith University’s School of Medicine are embracing the opportunity to learn more about First Peoples culture and health issues in a community setting. In the spirit of collaboration that underpins these organisations seeking to improve Indigenous health and wellbeing locally, Karulbo has generously offered more placements to Griffith University medicine students. Read More

Rural health trip supports professional collaboration

In keeping with Griffith University’s interdisciplinary approach to healthcare education and commitment to rural health, 29 students from across the Health Group recently enjoyed a weekend in Toowoomba. Read More

Cultural immersion on Palm Island

Opportunities to apply real life skills and knowledge attained at university are extremely valuable to any university student. To gain insight into their future profession, School of Medicine students recently visited Palm Island with second-year students Blake Jones and Shruti Yardi the first to go. Read More