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MEDIA
RELEASE








Securing
the
Future
Health
Workforce





The
Australian
Medical
Students'
Association
(AMSA)
has
welcomed
COAG’s
investment
into
training
the
future
Australian


health
workforce.







The
Federal
Government
today
announced
a
$1.1
billion
health
workforce
package
to
be
used
to
fund
undergraduate


clinical
training
in
public
and
private
hospitals
and
community
settings,
train
and
support
clinical
training
supervisors,
and


build
capital
infrastructure
including
45
new
simulated
learning
centres.





The
funding
will
also
be
used
for
the
creation
of
a
national
health
workforce
agency
to
assist
with
workforce
planning
and


improve
coordination
of
clinical
training
across
the
country.






AMSA
National
President
Michael
Bonning
said
that
the
package
recognised
education
as
a
cornerstone
of
the
Australian


health
system,
and
was
an
important
step
towards
ensuring
a
permanent
solution
to
Australia's
medical
workforce


shortage.






“The
number
of
medical,
nursing
and
allied
health
students
in
Australia
has
increased
significantly
over
the
last
decade,”


Mr
Bonning
said.







"Training
future
doctors
is
not
an
economy
of
scale.
For
every
increase
in
medical
student
numbers
there
must
be
a


commensurate
increase
in
medical
school
funding,
the
number
of
training
positions
available
for
junior
doctors
and
the


number
of
senior
staff
available
to
train
them.





"This
package
capitalises
on
the
recent
increase
in
medical,
nursing
and
allied
health
student
numbers,
and
will
ensure


these
students
receive
this
highest
quality
training
available,"
Mr
Bonning
said.






"Furthermore,
we
hope
the
creation
of
a
national
health
workforce
agency
will
facilitate
responsible
future
growth
in
the


health
workforce
while
ensuring
maintenance
of
Australia's
high
education
and
training
standards,”
he
said.






The
Federal
Government
is
laying
the
foundations
for
a
long‐term
solution
to
address
the
health
workforce
shortage,
but


AMSA
warned
that
this
investment
should
not
be
redirected
by
states.





"Training
the
health
workforce
is
a
shared
Commonwealth‐State
responsibility
and
we
call
on
the
State
governments
to


match
this
targeted
investment
in
clinical
training,”
Mr
Bonning
said.






Friday
28
November





Media
Contact


Carly
Fox



0414
798
627


AMSA
Public
Relations
Officer

publicrelations@amsa.org.au