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    Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Junior doctors encouraged to apply for research fellowships

    Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Sunday, July 02, 2017

    Junior doctors encouraged to apply for research fellowships

    Young doctors have the chance to share in $1.25 million with the third round of Queensland’s Health’s Junior Doctor Research Fellowships now open.

    Health and Ambulance Services Minister Cameron Dick announced the new funding round during his address to the Australian Medical Association (AMA) Queensland Fourth Annual Junior Doctor conference in Brisbane today.

    “These fellowships are a unique opportunity for junior doctors,” Mr Dick said.

    “They enable junior doctors with limited research experience to develop their research skills and their potential as clinical researchers.”

    Rounds one and two of the fellowship has seen $3million in funding awarded to 11 of Queensland best and brightest young doctors to undertake research projects throughout the state.

    “These research fellowships are an important initiative for Queensland as we continue to mature as a leading international player in health and medical research,” Mr Dick said.

    “We also want our best and brightest junior doctors to consider research as a respected and highly rewarding career option.

    “Up to five fellowship winners will receive $250,000 each to undertake research for a minimum of two years.

    “Previous recipients are working to improve the health of Queenslanders in areas including skin and breast cancer, infections after bone marrow transplants and abnormal swelling in blood vessels,” he said.

    First round recipient and AMA Queensland’s Council of Doctors in Training Chairman Dr Matthew Cheng said the grants were integral to allowing doctors to complete training that complements their clinical work.

    “The Junior Doctor Research Fellowship has given me an extremely valuable opportunity to continue my clinical training whilst conducting my PhD,” Dr Cheng said.

    Mr Dick said the fellowship aligned with the Queensland Government’s Advancing Health 2026 vision, which identifies pursuing innovation as a key component.

    “Junior doctors who wish to pursue innovation on topics that benefit the health of Queenslanders are encouraged to apply,” Mr Dick said.

    He said research was vital for the health system to do things smarter and better in the future.

    “In order to have the best health system and health workforce, we want to provide our junior doctors with the highest quality education and training we can,” Mr Dick said.

    Application information will be made available on the Queensland Health website with applications closing at noon on Friday 11 August 2017.

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