Mayoral Minute backs JCU push

Published: 13 Apr 2022

Council has today backed a call by James Cook University (JCU) for an increase of Commonwealth Supported Places (CPSs) for its Medical School.

JCU is seeking the support of local government in the Greater Whitsunday Region for its bid to increase allocation of CSPs to enable the delivery of end-to-end medical training from years one-to-six in the region – not just in Townsville.
The secondary aim is to build a substantial pipeline of willing domestic medical graduates who will pursue regional and rural careers.

A minimum of 80 additional recurrent Commonwealth Supported Places for the JCU Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery program are sought.  

If successful, JCU aims to split the CSP allocation across Cairns and Mackay provided suitable infrastructure is available to support teaching across both sites.

Deputy Mayor Karen May, in Mayor Greg Williamson’s absence, put forward a Mayoral Minute at today’s ordinary meeting of council to support the push. It was supported unanimously.

Motion: That Mackay Regional Council advises the Commonwealth Government of its support for the JCU bid for an increased allocation of 80 Commonwealth Supported Places for the JCU Medical School to be shared between the Cairns and Mackay campuses.