Specialties covered include Orthopaedics, ENT, Urology, Obstetrics, Gynaecology, Ophthalmology, Anaesthetics, Intensive Care, Plastic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, General Surgery, Paediatrics, IVF & Fertility, Radiology and Pathology. Students are also given an introduction to medico-legal issues and have the opportunity to attend classes in anatomy.
The JCU Medical School circulates a call for applications for the program early each calendar year. Indigenous medical students are particularly encouraged to apply. Three or four students are selected each year.
The Foundation pays for each student’s return airfare between Townsville (or the other JCU Campus locations) and Canberra, shared accommodation (with the other participating students) and a shared car for the two-month duration of the program.
The value of these benefits for each student is approximately $6,000, but the experience is priceless.