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New medical school no remedy for health sector

The Australian Medical Association Victoria has expressed alarm at rumours that Victoria may receive yet another medical school.
With increasing numbers of medical graduates vying for limited intern places, AMA Victoria is concerned that another new medical school will further add to the pressure on the health service to train medical graduates.  
AMA President Dr Stephen Parnis said that, given the current growth in medical graduates it would be irresponsible for the Government to add to these pressures.
“Rather than another medical school, what Victoria needs is a guarantee that intern places keep pace with the number of graduates coming from established medical schools”
Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria (PMCV) figures indicate that the largest shortfall of internship training positions in any one state is Victoria.
The number of intern positions in Victoria in 2012 is 702 (comprising 150 in rural areas, 366 in outer metropolitan areas and 186 in inner metropolitan areas).
871 students (714 domestic, 157 international) will graduate from Victorian universities in 2012. This means the system will need to accommodate 169 more interns.
“Given our hospital system’s limited capacity to train new doctors, this is hardly time to be creating a new medical school” said Dr Parnis.
“New medical schools like Deakin are producing high quality graduates, these are very talented people, and we must ensure that there are places for them to complete their training”.
“Community investment in university studies will be wasted if they can’t finish their studies and become fully trained doctors”.
AMA Victoria has suggested a range of measures to remedy the State’s lack of capacity to train new doctors including –
  • Increasing hospital capacity to ensure the next generation of doctors can be trained appropriately.
  • Increasing the number of specialist training places to ensure there are enough specialists to support our growing, ageing population.
  • Using alternative settings for training such as community health care centres, day surgeries and private practice.
For more information please contact Struan Robertson on 0437 450 506

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