The Medicine Interest Network Townsville (MINT) is the physician interest group for medical students at JCU. Our team consists of clinical year students who liaise with doctors at the Townsville Hospital, including the Physician Training Unit.

We aim to:

  • Ignite interest in physician specialities
  • Inform on Physician Training
  • Facilitate networking with doctors from the Townsville Hospital & Health Service
  • Educate on and promote research
  • Provide opportunities to maximise clinical placement

Event List:

In 2019, MINT will host a number of informative and enjoyable events, including:

  • Monthly Coffee & Case Studies
  • MINT Medical Challenge
  • Intro to Research Evening
  • Interpreting Research Papers
  • Speed Dating with Medical Registrars
  • JCUMSA Career Nights

These events are designed to ignite an interest in physician training, and are run by doctors from a range of physician specialties.

Plus, keep an eye out for the following:

  • Weekly MCQ’s on our Facebook page
  • Resources on how to start a research project
  • Podcasts of the registrar cases presented

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The 2020 MINT Team

Lauren Burke


Lauren is a 6th year student and is excited to be Co-Chair for MINT in 2020. She was born and raised in North Queensland and has interests in travel, board games and puppies, alongside a career interest in the physician’s training pathway. Throughout medical school, she has been involved in medical education and schooling programs and hopes to bring these skills (and bucketloads of enthusiasm) to MINT. If you are keen to get involved or have any questions, feel free to contact Lauren.

Hamish McDonald


Hamish is a final year and proud Townsvillian. As he fortunately does not have exams to study for this year, Hamish plans to spend his newfound free time playing more basketball, learning how to play the guitar and teaching medical students in the earlier years. Throughout medical school, Hamish found gastroenterology and general medicine interesting and is undertaking placements in these specialties this year. He is keen on physician training and medical education and thus hopes to bring this enthusiasm to MINT this year!

Victoria Kanowski

Finance and Logistics Officer

Victoria is a 6th Year and will be the Finance & Logistics Officer for MINT in 2020. She grew up in Townsville and has a passion for hikes with good views, a decent novel (or two), and all things furry. She has a personal interest in pursuing the physician training pathway. Victoria is excited to see MINT continue to flourish as a group after its establishment just last year. If you have any questions at all regarding MINT, please don’t hesitate to contact her!

Helena Xiang

Communications/ Memberships Officer

Helena is currently a 5th year student, and is excited to reprise the role of MINT’s Communications and Memberships Officer! She’s the only member not from Townsville, and has an obsession with drinking all things caffeinated. She aspires to pursue a career as a physician, and is excited to share the information and resources she’s found to her fellow peers through MINT. Contact Helena if you have any queries about MINT and the physician training pathway!

Romesh Rathnayake

Doctor Liason Officer

Romesh is an intern at Townsville Hospital and will be filling the role of Doctor Liaison Officer. Growing up in Townsville, he has no plans on leaving this paradise. Hobbies include reading Talley for fun and hanging out with mates. He is a future aspiring physician, so naturally he is super excited to be involved in what MINT has to offer. He loves to learn and has a passion for teaching so don’t hesitate to say hello or ask questions if you see him around the wards!

MINT Resources

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James Cook University, Townsville, QLD, Australia