AMA Pre-Budget submission calls for more post-graduate training places

9 Feb 2018

With data showing that Australia now has sufficient numbers of medical graduates, the AMA’s Pre-Budget submission is calling on the Government to provide enough postgraduate medical training places, particularly in rural areas and in under supplied medical specialities.

The AMA has called on the Government to:

  • fix the overall number of Commonwealth Supported Places at medical schools at current levels until medical workforce modelling by the National Medical Training Advisory Network recommends otherwise;
  • introduce legislation to regulate medical school places at public universities that have established or propose to establish medical schools catering exclusively to full fee paying students;
  • incorporate the Rural Junior Doctor Training Innovation Fund into a broader Community Residency Program to provide prevocational doctors with expanded access to three month general practice placements, particularly in rural areas; and
  • expand the successful Specialist Training Program to 1,400 places by 2020, with higher priority being given to training places in regional and rural areas, generalist training, and specialties that are under-supplied.

Read the AMA Pre-Budget Submission 2018-19