The Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) has welcomed the consolidation of funding for Commonwealth Medical Internships (CMI) within the 2016-17 Federal Budget, which will provide 100 additional internships for Australia.
AMSA President, Elise Buisson, commended the Government’s desire to innovate within the medical workforce by continuing to expand internship settings, such as the CMI.
“This program has an important focus on getting Australian-trained doctors into non-traditional settings, including rural and regional Australia, which is exactly where we need them,” Ms Buisson said.
“Not only does it provide medical graduates with the necessary training to become practising doctors, but it helps alleviate the doctor shortage in rural and regional Australia.
“This is a positive step given the internship crisis is set to continue, with domestic medical graduates in South Australia projected to miss out on internships beginning in 2017.
“In order to create a sustainable medical workforce across both the CMI and state-based internships, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) needs to work together to provide jobs for all newly graduated Australian doctors.
“As the Government reaffirms its commitment to delivering high quality regional and rural healthcare, the next step is to support funding for rural positions for doctors in training so these interns can be retained in rural Australia.
“Rural training positions would bring more young doctors and their families to rural Australia. This directly creates new jobs in these areas and provides rural Australia with increased access to the general physicians and medical specialists they need,” Ms Buisson said.
To find out more about AMSA’s ‘Doctors For Rural Communities’ proposal on providing rural communities with more specialist doctors, visit www.dfrc.org.au.