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Experience a rewarding career and lifestyle in northern and regional Queensland

General Practice and Rural Generalist training in northern and regional Queensland offers a unique experience.

GP registrars in the region have discovered for themselves the wide scope of practice, diversity of medicine, strong patient relationships, excellent training support and the ability to make a real impact to the health of communities in need.

With a population of over 1.6 million people, northern and regional Queensland has a diverse mix of people and landscapes. From beaches, mountains, spectacular rainforests, farmland, savannah country and wilderness to the red soil of the Australian outback, this region is a beautiful place to pursue your GP training.

Training opportunities exist for registrars training with both the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM). Learn more about the northern and regional Queensland here.

Why train to be a GP in northern and regional Queensland

  • Wide scope of practice and hands-on experience

    Discover an interesting and diverse range of medical presentations and cases.

  • Excellent training support

    Be supported by experienced and passionate clinicians and educators.

  • Enjoy work/life balance

    Find more time to do the things you love and take advantage of living in an amazing place with plenty to do and see.

  • Make a difference to communities in need

    Make an impact and improve the health outcomes of underserved communities.

Explore the region

Far North Queensland

Far North Queensland offers a relaxed tropical lifestyle with diverse landscapes from beautiful beaches, to lush rainforests, mountains, green dairy country and open savannah woodland. Covering more than 20,000 square kilometres, the Far North Queensland (FNQ) region starts at Tully in the south, out to Croydon in the west, up to Thursday Island in the North, and along the east coast.

North Queensland

From the dry tropics, world heritage national parks, the Great Barrier Reef, to the red dirt of the Outback, North Queensland offers a laidback lifestyle with plenty to see and do. The North Queensland region covers 210,765 square kilometres. Registrars who train in North Queensland will experience some of the most unique and vast opportunities to gain medical knowledge and experience.

Central Queensland

From wide-open cattle country, to the tropical rainforests and the Great Barrier Reef, Central Queensland has an unforgettable diverse landscape. Covering more than 500,000 square kilometres, the Central Queensland region starts from Gladstone in the south, inland to Winton and Longreach and extends north along the coastline to Mackay and the Whitsunday region.

South Queensland

With stunning coastlines and hinterlands, quaint country communities, beautiful lakes and rivers, fantastic bushwalks and national parks, South Queensland is a diverse region with plenty to offer. Starting at Bundaberg in the north, out to Charleville in the west and Gympie in the south, the South Queensland region is a diverse region that provides relaxed country living, all while having bustling metropolises of the South-East just a stone’s throw away.

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How GP training in a rural setting makes you a better doctor

“I'm engaging with medicine in a really meaningful way, and finally directly applying the skills and knowledge I've acquired over the past several years of training to better the health of my patients. It's incredibly gratifying,” Dr Daniel Bakhsh says.

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Come for the training, stay for the lifestyle

"I like the lifestyle of working in a small community, both as a GP and being on-call for the hospital. It allows for a more realistic social life than what a career in emergency medicine usually gives you."

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