According to new projections released by the Department of Health, unless there is an increase in the number of post-medical school training positions available, around one in six students entering medical school in 2015 will not be able to complete their medical training and go on to become a fully qualified doctor.

Why is this the case?
There is a mismatch between the number of domestic medical graduates and the availability of vocational training opportunities required to become a fully qualified doctor:

  • Medical student commencements and completions have more than doubled since 2000
  • There has been a 43% increase in the number of vocational training positions between 2008 and 2012

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