In Health

Western Australia Minister for Health Kim Hames

More New Doctors To Train In WA 

Victor P Taffa

  • WA to benefit from 40 new places for medical interns
  • New agreement with Commonwealth builds more places
  • Total number of medical interns for 2013 becomes 332, up from 292
  • 32 Commonwealth-funded places will be in private hospitals
  • 8 State-funded places will be in public hospitals

Western Australia’s record intake of medical interns has been bolstered by 40 thanks to a new agreement with the Commonwealth Government, Health Minister Kim Hames said today.

Dr. Hames said under the agreement, the Commonwealth would fund internships for 32 medical students to train in private hospitals, and the State would fund an additional eight places in public hospitals.  All of these additional places are for unplaced medical students from other States, as WA has been able to provide places for all WA-trained graduates.

This is in addition to a record 292 medical interns already offered places in WA’s public hospitals.

“Under this agreement, the Commonwealth Government has also committed to funding an additional 40 GP registrar training positions in WA in the next two years, to help address the critical shortage of GPs in this State.” the Minister said.

“This increase in internship positions means WA is not only able to offer every graduate of WA medical schools an internship should they wish to have one, but will also give opportunities to interstate graduates to train in WA.”

In the past five years, the number of internship offers accepted in WA has more than doubled, from 139 in 2005 to 332, including the new places for 2013.

“This increase in numbers comes on top of the State’s commitment to spend $75 Million over five years to train junior doctors in the 2011-12 Budget.” Dr. Hames said.

“We are pleased to be able to support the broader national effort to offer internships to medical graduates.  While this can’t be guaranteed, WA will gain an obvious benefit by targeting those doctors with a particular interest in general practice.”

Fact File

  • The number of interns has more than doubled since 2005, from 139 to 332 next year
  • Liberal-National Govt invested $75 Million in junior doctor training over 5 years from 2011-12
  • Doctors are providing more care to patients in WA than ever before. This year, WA is expected to reach one million emergency department visits, up from 945,000 last year

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