According to new projections released by the Department of Health, unless there is an increase in the number of post-medical school training positions available, around one in six students entering medical school in 2015 will not be able to complete their medical training and go on to become a fully qualified doctor.
Why is this the case?
There is a mismatch between the number of domestic medical graduates and the availability of vocational training opportunities required to become a fully qualified doctor:
- Medical student commencements and completions have more than doubled since 2000
- There has been a 43% increase in the number of vocational training positions between 2008 and 2012
Table based on numbers from Australia’s Future Health Workforce – Doctors
To quickly recap, following medical school, graduates will generally complete an internship and a residency before becoming a registrar by gaining entry into a vocational training program. If you require further information on the medical training pathway, be sure to look at our article How long does it take to become a doctor?
The Department of Health has released a new workforce document Australia’s Future Health Workforce – Doctors (AFHW – Doctors), which is a revision of the previous workforce supply projections released by Health Workforce Australia. In 2012 Health Workforce Australia released a report Health Workforce 2025 Volume 1 and 2: Doctors, nurses and midwives. However, the agency was closed in August 2014, with the operations being moved to the Department of Health.
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