Rural junior doctor training program update

Date published

04 Feb 2020

As 2019 came to an end, so did our first year of interns who participated in our rural junior doctor training (RJDT) program.

Dr Yvonne Doveren, Senior Medical Officer for Primary Health Care Operations in Cairns, is extremely pleased with the results of the program so far.

“Last year’s RJDT program has been very successful from our point of view,” Yvonne said.

“The feedback we have been receiving on the program is second to none. The program has been received well by not only our staff but also our patients and Queensland Health, which is encouraging to hear.”

Over the past year, the junior Doctors have been visiting western and southern clinics serviced out of our Cairns Base.

“Our interns have all loved the experience and we couldn’t be happier the selection of enthusiastic and highly qualified individuals,” Yvonne says.

This year, the intern program will continue in its current format with the addition of Resident Medical Officers (RMOs) who are in their second post-graduate year.

“The RMOs will be visiting Lockhart River to participate in a weekly three-day clinic in the community,” Yvonne said.

“They will be immersed in Indigenous Health under the guidance of our experienced medical officers, thanks to our partners at Queensland Health. It will be an incredible learning and cultural experience and one that we are particularly passionate about.”

To find out more about this program, please contact Dr Yvonne Doveren at