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Our Vision
A healthy and Vibrant Outback Queensland.

Our Mission
Excellence in Rural, Remote amd Indigenous Health.

Our Teaching
Authentic learning experiences at the cutting edge of clinical practice.

Our Research
Relevant, Collaborative, Policy Changing, providing the evidence base for the future.

Our Place
In the heartland of outback Queensland, remote and rural practice.

Our History
The Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health is a "participating universities centre for population health, education and research".

The Centre was initially setup to operate within Queensland Health under contract to the Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care, University Departments of Rural Health (UDRH) program. In January 2001 the MICRRH became incorporated into James Cook University.

The Centre commenced operation under the leadership of Dr Dennis Pashen who was appointed to the position of Director in August of 1997, with Dr Elizabeth Chalmers being appointed to the Deputy Director position in November of the same year. Teresa O'Connor took over the position of Deputy Director in March 2003.

Our Objectives
The Centre has five main objectives.
  • Promote professional education and training in rural and remote health with a specific emphasis on professional education and training of Indigenous persons.
  • Recruitment and retention of health professions in rural and remote areas.
  • Development of effective means of rural and remote health delivery.
  • Develop a population and public health focus.
  • Participation by Indigenous people in population health.

The centre has been awarded over $1 million of grants including three RHSET grants enabled the establishment of special programs in Indigenous Health Worker training, Rural and Remote Nursing and Allied Health including Pharmacy and Oral Health. MICRRH has formed significant partnerships with universities and other training organisations, leading a consortium, which won a tender to develop a national population health curriculum for clinicians.

Marloo Tales - Our Newsletter
Marloo Tales is our in-house newsletter which is published six times a year.

Our Staff
The staff numbers of the MICRRH have rapidly grown since the centres inception in August of 1999. The centre's staff come from many different vocational and cultural backgrounds, allowing a holistic perspective of the service and research that are produced out of the centre.

Please visit Staff Index for staff profiles and contact details.

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Mount Isa Centre for Rural & Remote Health   Funded by the Department of Health & Ageing, Australian Government
Telephone: +61 7 4745 4500  Fax: +61 7 4749 5130   Email: micrrh@jcu.edu.au
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