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Monday, 10 August 2015
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Western Australian Universities Enrollments: Medical Students

(Question No. 807)


Ms MacTiernan asked the Minister for Health, in writing, on 04 June 2015:

In the calendar years (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013, (e) 2014, and (f) 2015, (i) how many medical students were enrolled in Western Australian universities, (ii) what was the ratio of enrolled medical students to population in Western Australia, and (iii) what was the national ratio of enrolled medical students to population.


Ms Ley: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand (MDANZ) medical student data, as published in the Medical Training Review Panel 18th Report, shows that:

In 2010 there were 1,618 medical students enrolled in Western Australian universities including 1,461 domestic and 157 international students. This is a ratio of 0.00071 enrolled medical students per head of population in Western Australia, which equates to a supply rate of 71 medical students enrolled per 100,000 population.

The national ratio for 2010 was 0.00070 enrolled medical students per head of Australian population, equating to a supply rate of 70 students per 100,000 population.

In 2011 there were 1,673 medical students enrolled in Western Australian universities including 1,518 domestic and 155 international students. This is a ratio of 0.00071 enrolled medical students per head of population in Western Australia, which equates to a supply rate of 71 medical students enrolled per 100,000 population.

The national ratio for 2011 was 0.00074 enrolled medical students per head of Australian population, equating to a supply rate of 74 students per 100,000 population.

In 2012 there were 1,510 medical students enrolled in Western Australian universities including 1,363 domestic and 147 international students. This is a ratio of 0.00062 enrolled medical students per head of population in Western Australia, which equates to a supply rate of 62 medical students enrolled per 100,000 population.

The national ratio for 2012 was 0.00074 enrolled medical students per head of Australian population, equating to a supply rate of 74 students per 100,000 population.

In 2013 there were 1,296 medical students enrolled in Western Australian universities including 1,174 domestic and 122 international students. This is a ratio of 0.00051 enrolled medical students per head of population in Western Australia, which equates to a supply rate of 51 medical students enrolled per 100,000 population.

The national ratio for 2013 was 0.00073 enrolled medical students per head of Australian population, equating to a supply rate of 73 students per 100,000 population.

In 2014 there were 1,331 medical students enrolled in Western Australian universities including 1,208 domestic and 123 international students. This is a ratio of 0.00052 enrolled medical students per head of population in Western Australia, which equates to a supply rate of 52 medical students enrolled per 100,000 population.

The national ratio for 2014 was 0.00072 students per head of Australian population or 72 per 100,000 population.

2015 medical student data has not been released yet.