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More doctors for regional and rural Australia

By | Friday, September 5th, 2014
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Today, Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand (Medical Deans) released their annual snapshot of medical student numbers

and demographics.

Approximately 27% of students starting medical studies in Australia now come from a rural/regional background compared with

22% in 2008.

Professor Peter Smith, President of Medical Deans said ‘ this is great news for people in rural and regional Australia as we know training students who come from   these areas is still the strongest predictor of them returning to practice in the bush’.

In 2014 approximately 3549 doctors (3056 domestic, 493 international) are predicted to graduate from Australian Medical Schools compared with 3428 actual graduates in 2013.

The pipeline of graduates from medical schools in Australia is expected to plateau in number by 2015.

This year 24 more Indigenous doctors from Australia and 35 Maori doctors from New Zealand entered the workforce.

An additional 803 (or 26.3%) of Australian graduates will be bonded through the two Commonwealth schemes to work in areas of workforce shortage as part of their future medical practice.

The full snapshot report can be seen below.

Further contact: Professor Judy Searle, CEO Medical Deans  0498 138 035


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