The end of 2016 was graduation time for James Cook University and local hard-working students did not miss out.
Among the 272 JCU nursing graduates are six North West residents who graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing Science from the Centre for Rural and Remote Health in Mount Isa.
One Mount Isa student, Steven Foot, received the prestigious Bachelor Nursing Science Prize in Nursing Excellence.
This prize is awarded to the graduating student who achieved the best overall performance in the James Cook University nursing course.
Steven also received an Academic Medal (Bachelor Coursework) for excellent academic achievement at an undergraduate level.
This is the second year in a row a Mount Isa student has received an Academic Medal.
Also recognised for academic achievement and leadership this week at graduation was JCU Dental graduate Nicole Stott.
She was awarded the Royal Australian College of Dental Surgeons’ Pierre Fauchard Prize.
Nicole spent five months in Mount Isa on clinical placement with the Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health (MICRRH) and North West Hospital and Health Service’s dental service.
Joining Nicole at graduation was Indigenous medical graduate Patricia Murphy who graduated with honours.
Tricia undertook the majority of her fifth and sixth year clinical placements in Mount Isa and will return as an Intern doctor in 2017.
MICRRH’s Director Professor Sabina Knight said they were proud of their students’ achievements.
“They have been committed to their study and put in the work and importantly are taught by the best out here – health professionals on the cutting edge of practice,” Prof Knight said.
“I look forward to seeing them and other students we have assisted on clinical placement in Central and North West Queensland join the health workforce as registered health professionals early next year.”