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Extra medical students at Flinders Uni to boost doctor numbers.



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F i g h t i n g f o r o u r f u t u r e

31 March 2004

Extra Medical Students at Flinders Uni to boost doctor numbers

Eleven extra students have begun studying medicine at Flinders University under a new scheme to boost doctor numbers in areas of need.

They are among 234 additional students at 12 universities around Australia to gain places under the recently-approved MedicarePlus Bonded Medical Places Scheme.

This is an innovative measure that will that will help to reduce waiting lists for patients in areas where it matters most.

It will also provide university places for students who would otherwise not have obtained entry in to medicine. These are places over and above the normal intake.

After graduating, the students who took up the ‘bonded’ places will work for at least six years in areas of workforce shortage.

This will include outer metropolitan areas and I will work hard to ensure that as many graduates as possible are allocated to Adelaide’s south where I know a need exists.

The Government will invest $42 million over four years into the MedicarePlus Bonded Medical Places Scheme.

I have also received advice today that Flinders University has five Medical Rural Bonded Scholarships in 2004.

The scholarships provide an indexed annual amount of $21,390. They are offered on the basis that students agree to practice in rural areas of Australia for six years upon completion of basic medical and postgraduate training.

Flinders University’s total intake of medical school places this year is 80. The national medical school intake of 1 ,704 students represents the largest in Australia’s history, a 16 percent increase on 2003.

Media contact: John Deller on (02) 6277 4283 or 0439 802 767