Last week a friend posted on his Facebook wall, “Got a job and staying HOME in Australia, so happy!”
It amassed 125 likes within eight hours, but it wasn’t this that struck me most.
He's an international student from North America, who now joins Peter Allen in calling Australia home. Furthermore, he’s been offered a two-year contract for a job at a regional hospital 451 kilometres outside of the only place he’s ever lived in Australia (and that much farther from his family across the Pacific), and yet he’s so happy.
The AMA welcomed the Government's $8 million package to fund 60 intern places next year in regional and rural hospitals.
AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton said the one-off package by the Commonwealth provides certainty for some graduates but all governments have more to do to ensure that the long-term medical training pipeline is guaranteed.
“The AMA has warned for some time that some graduates from Australian medical schools could miss out on an intern place in 2014 because of growing medical graduate numbers,” Dr Hambleton said.
The AMA welcomes the Government's recently announced $8 million package to fund 60 intern places next year in regional and rural hospitals.
The broad announcement was made last weekend but the AMA has been requesting further detail about the package, which arrived today.
AMA President, Dr Steve Hambleton, said the one-off package by the Commonwealth provides certainty for some graduates but all governments have more to do to ensure that the long-term medical training pipeline is guaranteed.
Medical groups have condemned controversial proposals for the establishment of two new medical schools as irresponsible given unresolved concerns about a looming shortage of internships in coming years.
Charles Sturt University and La Trobe University have launched a joint bid for $46 million from the Federal Government to help fund a rural medical school operating three campuses across rural New South Wales and Victoria.
The AMA Council of Doctors in Training (AMACDT) has brought together a coalition of peak medical student and junior doctor groups to implement a joint strategy to convince governments to provide sufficient internships to match the growing number of medical graduates.
The group comprises the AMACDT, the Australian Medical Students' Association (AMSA), Medical Student Action on Training (MSAT), the General Practice Students Network (GPSN), and the National Rural Health Students' Network (NRHSN).
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