Dave Townsend @ Croakey: “Nation-building” health workforce planning needed

Dave Townsend @ Croakey: “Nation-building” health workforce planning needed

Australia is facing a critical shortage of doctors and nurses. To try and plug the gap we’re importing foreign trained doctors and nurses.  Meanwhile, new Australian-trained medical and nursing graduates are being prevented from completing their training resulting in an onslaught of health graduates who are unable to qualify to work in Australia. Until the State and Federal governments work together to develop a comprehensive national plan to address training shortfalls, Australia will continue to produce health graduates who cannot work in our health system.

Australia …

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Video: The #interncrisis on Channel 10’s The Project

Video: The #interncrisis on Channel 10’s The Project

Channel 10’s The Project featured a story on the internship crisis on Thursday the 9th of November. The story featured AMSA President James Churchill, AMA President Steve Hambleton and the stories of students Marina Guirton & Sean McIsaacs.

Click here to view the video at The Project (NB: story starts at 0:40)

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The Conversation: Why international medical students deserve a place in Australian hospitals

The Conversation: Why international medical students deserve a place in Australian hospitals

Amid Australia’s ongoing doctor shortage, the health system risks losing dozens of Australian-trained, foreign-born doctors because of a shortage of intern places. The Australian Medical Students Association estimates the system needs 182 intern places to ensure all international students can finish their medical training and gain full registration as doctors.

These intern, (or post-graduate year one) places, are based in hospitals, which are run by the states. But the Commonwealth also bears some funding responsibility for medical training. The Commonwealth, state and territory health ministers are expected to …

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Australian Doctor: Storm Warning – A lack of intern places is clouding the future

Australian Doctor: Storm Warning – A lack of intern places is clouding the future

A lack of intern places is clouding the future of medical students and graduates, but what’s the solution?

Two very different disasters dominated my Twitter feed last week.

One was Hurricane Sandy, dubbed “Frankenstorm”, as it battered the east coast of the US. The other was the intern crisis affecting Australian-trained medical graduates, which is whipping up fears among medical students across the country.

About 155 international students are set to miss out on an internship in 2013, and there are warnings it is just the tip of …

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Jayant Rajah – New South Wales

Jayant Rajah – New South Wales

The phone rings, I tense up. It’s late at night so I know that it will have to be my parents calling me from back home and yet I do not rush to take the call. I compose myself; take a deep breath and answer. “Hi Kanna, (a Tamil term of endearment) how are you…” says my mother as our daily conversation begins.

We exchange pleasantries, discuss the usual mundane happenings of our day, however recently, there are undercurrents; the sense that this genial exchange was …

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NSW Parliament Video: Health Minister addressing #interncrisis during question time

NSW Parliament Video: Health Minister addressing #interncrisis during question time

NSW Health Minister The Hon Jillian Skinner answering a question from the Member for Coffs Harbour during Question Time in the NSW Parliament in regards to medical internships on the 25th of October 2012.

We know that many may want to criticise the Minister’s response, however we ask that our supporters don’t make any personal attacks. They will not help us reach our goal, and could in fact hurt our cause.

We want to ensure that debate continues to be constructive and we should all aim …

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Sara de Menezes – Victoria

Sara de Menezes – Victoria

As a 4th year international medical student at Monash University, the issues that MSAT are campaigning for are not only personally relevant, but will become all too real next year when I graduate. The study of medicine is a steep learning curve, not only in medical school, but for the rest of a doctor’s career.

The experience of internship will undoubtedly be a challenging one, though it saddens me that I may not have to opportunity to undertake this valuable experience. Two grim realities face not …

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Rahul Mohan – New South Wales

Rahul Mohan – New South Wales

“Oh you doctor next year? Good good, when you be GP I come to you” the words of Mrs G one of the elderly Italian patients at my current clinical attachment. My clinical supervisor, her GP of the last 20 years, stepped in to explain to her that I won’t be getting a job cause I am an international student. Her expression changed to confusion, she couldn’t understand it. She berated my supervisor on how he can let this happen, “I wait two days to …

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Esther Tan – New South Wales

Esther Tan – New South Wales

I’m a 6th year medical student from UNSW. Studying medicine in Australia has certainly been one of the biggest milestones in my life. I’ve learned so many things that I could not have learned if I stayed in Malaysia to do my medical degree. I’ve not only learned medical knowledge but also communication skills – something that I feel is essential with the borderless world of knowledge we now have.

Coming to Australia has also made me more independent and taught me survival skills that I …

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Life in the Fastlane: Support & Merchandise!

Life in the Fastlane: Support & Merchandise!

Life in the Fastlane, the Emergency Medicine blog based in Australia and read all around the world, have come on board to support the campaign.

They have created an update page on their site to keep their many readers up to date with the latest news. Click here to visit. 

And in exciting news, they have produced a whole range of merchandise to support the campaign. The #interncrisis now has t-shirts! So wear your support on your sleeve (literally!) and visit the Zazzle store. 

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