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Media Release

The Hon Dr Michael Wooldridge

Minister for Health and Aged Care


29 September 1999






Training places for junior doctors to become specialists and GPs are predicted to increase for the fourth consecutive year, the Minister for Health and Aged Care, Dr Michael Wooldridge said in Parliament today, after he tabled the Medical Training Review Panel’s (MTRP) third report.


“The report predicts that there will be 1,483 first year training places available for Australian doctors in 2000. This is an increase of 133 positions (9.8%) from the 1350 first year training positions available in 1999,” Dr Wooldridge announced.


“The fact that a number of specialties, including rehabilitation medicine, geriatric medicine and obstetrics and gynaecology, were unable to fill all available training positions in 1999 further reinforces the significant increase in first year training positions.


“It is apparent that the changes and new proficiency standards introduced by the Coalition Government’s Health Insurance Amendment Act (No 2) 1996 have had a significant and positive impact upon increasing the number of training positions available for junior doctors,” Dr Wooldridge remarked.


As well as providing data reflecting medical training placements, the third MTRP report also details the Panel’s progress on its priority activities of monitoring and developing the training needs of Hospital Medical Officers, as well as the selection and appeals processes of medical colleges.


“I commend the Panel for its success in progressing and achieving its goals and objectives of providing comprehensive advice on a wide range of medical workforce issues, through a collaborative approach, bringing together a broad base of expertise and knowledge,” Dr Wooldridge concluded.



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