Townsville Hospital and Health Service – Queensland Health

Townsville Hospital and Health Service are linking opportunities for medical education and professional development to the Mater Hospital in Townsville as well as Mount Isa Hospital.

The Postgraduate Medical Education Unit (PGMEU) which is responsible for looking after the interns, provides tailored learning for all interns through a continuing medical education (CME) points system. Interns are allocated points for each extra-curricular learning activity they undertake. Activities can vary widely from attending face-to-face lectures, completing online learning, attending workshops, undertaking research, writing papers, presenting papers or posters at conferences. This allows learning that is relevant to the learners’ needs and their learning styles. The CME points system was developed by TTH’s PGMEU and is now being used in other hospitals across Queensland, interstate and in New Zealand.

The PGMEU Team from L to R Ms Allyson Agnew, Dr Saman Heshmat, Dr Michelle Lees, Ms Roslyn Geaney and
Ms Di Salvador (Mr Matt Weston Absent)


There are a number of other weekly education sessions interns can attend other than the ones provided by the PGMEU. This includes a number of grand rounds, journal clubs and M&M meetings for varying disciplines, weekly radiology and clinical reasoning meetings which are open to all staff, including interns.

Mater Hospital – Townsville

The Mater has its own medical education program for interns and participates in opportunities provided by the Townsville Hospital.  The Mater has ten intern places with their Emergency medicine term in Mount Isa.  A key benefit to the Mater Intern program is the opportunitiy to work directly with specialist consultants in small team settings.