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Firm up medical numbers, urges new president

By | Monday, May 30th, 2011
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Australia’s medical schools are experiencing ‘a perfect storm’ of funding pressures, according to Professor Justin Beilby, the new President of Medical Deans of Australia and New Zealand.

At the same time, a shortage of training places, challenges finding enough academic staff and uncertainty about the future
demand for doctors have put extra pressure on the country’s university medical schools.

‘Our analysis shows that Federal Government’s education funding covers only about half the cost of an actual medical degree, and this is simply unsustainable,’ he said.

Professor Beilby was today elected unopposed as President, heading the organisation that represents the Deans of Australia and New Zealand’s 20 Medical Schools.

He said Medical Deans was working closely with Health Workforce Australia in its review into future medical workforce needs.

‘Currently we are unclear about how many medical students we need to train for the future, so we are keen to see the results later this year of a comprehensive review by Health Workforce Australia, which will detail the workforce planning needs through to 2025 in its National Training Plan.’

Until this review was completed, there should be no new university medical schools or school expansions, Professor Beilby said.

‘There has been asignificant increase in the number of medical students in recent years, and it is essential we do not increase that number until we have a proper, detailed workforce plan,’ he said.

‘We also need to ensure there are sufficient funds and sufficient academic staff to educate the existing student cohort and maintain the very high standard we have set in Australia.’

Professor Beilby, who is the Executive Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Adelaide, reinforced the Medical Deans view that all graduates from Australia’s universities – including international medical students – should have access to an intern place. A one-year internship, usually in a hospital but increasingly in the community, is required before a graduate can practise medicine.

More information, Justin Beilby: (08) 8303 5193
Mary Solomon: 0400 339 820

Medical Schools seek rise in funding

By | Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
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Medical School heads have warned Canberra that funding for training the next generation of doctors has fallen so far that the system is at a tipping point and big increases are needed to ensure it remains viable.

Medicinal Values

By | Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
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Medical Deans President and Vice President have outlined the changing landscape in the funding of Medical Education in their opinion piece.

Submission to Higher Education Base Funding Review

By | Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
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The Medical Deans submission to the Higher Education Base Funding Review is strongly evidence-based and draws on a number of contemporary information sources to support the submission’s claims. There are two specific issues pertaining to medical education which are unlikely to be mirrored in other disciplines – the strong reliance of medical education on work integrated learning (or clinical placements as they are known in medicine) and the complexity of funding arrangements across two sectors: higher education and health. Both matters and their impact on base funding are dealt with in detail in the document.

Increase in University funding

By | Wednesday, May 18th, 2011
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With the increase is undergraduate university numbers, the government is set to increase funding to universities.

International Students

By | Thursday, May 12th, 2011
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The subject of International Students at Australian Universities has been in the news recently, and will continue to be a high profile news item.

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