Medical workforce and training - 2019
The AMA has revised its Position Statement on Medical Workforce and Training – 2019 to address the two most important issues affecting the sustainability of the medical workforce currently – capacity and distribution.
Over the past decade, the number of doctors in Australia has increased significantly, driven by a significant rise in the number of medical schools and medical graduates. The number of doctors in Australia (2015) sits just above the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) average at 3.5 per 1000 population (compared to UK 2.8 per 1000 and USA 2.6 per 1000 population). Record growth in medical graduate numbers well above the OECD average has raised concerns about a potential medical workforce oversupply in the years ahead.