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About Us

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Our Vision
A healthy and Vibrant Outback Queensland.

Our Mission
Excellence in Rural, Remote and 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 University Department of Rural Health (UDRH)" one of a national network of eleven across Australia and the only one in Queensland.

The Centre was initially established to operate within Queensland Health under contract to the Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care's UDRH program. In January 2001 the MICRRH became incorporated into James Cook University's as a school in the Faculty of Medicine Health and Molecular Sciences.

The Centre's foundation Director was 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. Professor Sabina Knight took up the reins of Director in February 2011.

University Departments of Rural Health
1. Our clinical placements and teaching activities provide rich, authentic learning experiences which prepare students for professional practice in distinctive remote and rural settings.

2. Our UDRHs undertake research focused on rural and remote problems and develop and test original solutions, including research which may have national and international significance. This research informs the development of accessible and sustainable health services for Australia.

3. Our UDRHs work with their communities to build capacity to respond effectively to the contemporary challenges in rural and remote health.


Our Objectives
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's health and wellbeing.
  • Build and retain health workforce for outback Queensland's future through cutting edge clinical education and placements; public health education, support and training
  • Innovation and quality improvement in sustainable health service delivery, practice and models of care for remote, rural and vulnerable peoples of outback Queensland
  • Promote public health and wellbeing to outback Queensland communities, industry groups (mining, pastoral, transport and service sectors) and vulnerable populations
  • Progress priority research through strategic alliances and partnerships with health service organisations, practitioners, UDRHs, JCU (and other universities), and communities.
  • Progress health reform and health improvement through advocacy and leadership in remote, rural and indigenous health.
  • Enviable corporate and organisational reputation.
  • UDRHs across Australia
  • Provide clinical placements and teaching activities provide rich, authentic learning experiences which prepare students for professional practice in distinctive remote and rural settings.
  • Undertake research focused on rural and remote problems and develop and test original solutions, including research which may have national and international significance. This research informs the development of accessible and sustainable health services for Australia.
  • Work with their communities to build capacity to respond effectively to the contemporary challenges in rural and remote health.

Partnerships
MICRRH has formed significant partnerships with communities of the Central and North west Queensland, health services - in particular the North West Hospital and Health Service and Central West Hospital and Health Service on whose campuses MICRRH is located and shares positions and facilities; Gidgee Healing, Central and North West Medicare Local, practitioners, local government such as Mount Isa City Council and Cloncurry Shire Council - both of whom have provided facilities, schools with in JCU, universities and other training organisations and professional organisations and col


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 a rich vocational, geographic and cultural backgrounds, allowing a holistic perspective of the education, service, support 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
Content Provided By: various sources.  Authorised By: Knight, Sabina.    Page Last Updated: 11 October 2011