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Wednesday, 2 November 2011
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Health Workforce Fund: Specialist Training Programs

(Question No. 626)


Dr Southcott asked the Minister for Health and Ageing, in writing, on 22 September 2011:

In respect of the Specialist Training Program: (a) what sum has been allocated to the program over the forward estimates, (b) by specialty and by State/Territory, how many positions have been funded in 2010 and 2011, and (c) how many accredited training posts have been funded in (i) private hospitals, (ii) specialists' rooms, (iii) clinics and day surgeries, (iv) the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service, (v) regional and rural hospitals, (vi) community health settings, and (vii) non-clinical settings.


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

(a) From the 2011-12 financial year funding for the Specialist Training Program falls under the new, flexible Health Workforce Fund. The appropriation for the Health Workforce Fund is as follows:

Health Workforce Fund

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

Total

$m (GST exc)

693.2

926.8

1,009.0

1,079.0

3,708.0

(b) Specialist Medical Colleges

Australasian College of Dermatologists—ACD

Australasian College for Emergency Medicine—ACEM

Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists—ANZCA

College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand—CICM

Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators—RACMA

Royal Australasian College of Physicians—RACP

Royal Australasian College of Surgeons—RACS

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists—RANZCO

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists—RANCOG

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists—RANZCP

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists—RANZCR

Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia—RCPA

2010 Specialist Training Program Posts

QLD

NSW

ACT

VIC

TAS

SA

WA

NT

TOTAL

Posts

Total %

split

ACD

2

3

0

3

0

0

0

0

8

2.20

ACEM

0

0

0

0

2

0

2

1

5

1.37

ANZCA

3

0

0

1

1

1

6

0

12

3.30

CICM

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

3

0.82

RACMA

0

0

0

2

0

0

1

0

3

0.82

RACP

26

22

1

28

3

16

12

10

118

32.42

RACS

13

9

1

12

0

4

8

0

47

12.91

RANZCO

0

2

0

0

1

0

0

1

4

1.10

RANZCOG

2

3

0

4

1

1

2

0

13

3.57

RANZCP

21

14

2

33

1

2

4

2

79

21.70

RANZCR

6

3

1

3

0

1

5

0

19

5.22

RCPA

11

15

1

20

1

1

3

1

53

14.56

TOTAL

86

71

6

106

10

26

43

16

364

 

% split

23.63

19.51

1.65

29.12

2.75

7.14

11.81

4.40

 

100.00

 

2011 Specialist Training Program Posts

QLD

NSW

ACT

VIC

TAS

SA

WA

NT

TOTAL

Posts

Total %

Split

ACD

2

8

0

8

0

0

0

0

18

3.47

ACEM

4

3

0

0

2

0

11

2

22

4.25

ANZCA

7

6

0

1

1

1

9

0

25

4.83

CICM

2

1

0

3

0

0

0

1

7

1.35

RACMA

0

0

0

2

0

0

1

0

3

0.58

RACP

32

58

1

37

4

19

21

15

187

36.10

RACS

14

12

1

12

0

4

10

0

53

10.23

RANZCO

0

3

0

0

1

0

1

1

6

1.16

RANZCOG

4

6

0

5

1

1

3

0

20

3.86

RANZCP

22

14

2

42

1

4

9

2

96

18.53

RANZCR

7

7

1

3

0

2

6

1

27

5.21

RCPA

11

16

1

20

1

1

3

1

54

10.42

TOTAL

105

134

6

133

11

32

74

23

518

% split

20.27

25.87

1.16

25.68

2.12

6.18

14.29

4.44

 

100.00

 

(c)

Setting

(i)

Private Hospital

(ii)

Specialist Rooms

(iii)

Clinics and day surgeries

(iv)

Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service

(v)

Regional and rural hospitals

(vi)

Community health settings

(vii)

Non-clinical settings

Posts (rotations)*

168

75

33

58

154

140

16

 

Explanatory Notes

1. Specialist Training Program (STP) posts may be composed of multiple rotations across various setting types and localities. The figures provided are indicative of all sites funded under the program which fell into the nominated categories. These categories excluded public settings (non community) in RA1 (e.g. public metropolitan hospitals) and private non-community settings such as Diagnostic laboratories (e.g. pathology lab).

2. Of the STP post locations identified in the table, approximately 50 percent of the training sites are located in rural and regional areas (ASGC RA 2-5). There are 518 STP positions in 2011, with a number of positions involving rotations in different settings and to more than one training site. On this basis, up to 58 percent of all current STP places are providing at least some of their training in a rural location. These training locations may be at a rural and regional hospital, but could also be at sites in the other categories such as community health settings or specialist rooms.