Hopeful for Change – The National Medical Intern Summit

Hopeful for Change – The National Medical Intern Summit

Medical students and interns across Australia are hoping for a swift and positive resolution to bring an end to the ongoing ‘training crisis’. For a “who’s who” guide to speakers at the summit, click here

NSW Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner is set to play host to various medical and health training experts and ministers at the National Medical Intern Summit on Friday the 22nd of February.  The summit is a direct result of last years ‘intern crisis’ which almost saw up to 180 Australian-trained doctors miss out on receiving internships due to a political standstill over who was responsible for the funding.

Mr. Dave Townsend, member of Medical Student Action on Training, is hopeful that the summit will result in a positive outcome for medical students.

“The last thing anybody wants is a repeat of what happened last year. The best way to avoid that is by sorting out the issues as quickly and efficiently as possible, and this summit provides the perfect opportunity to do just that.

We hope this summit is the start of greater coordination between the different responsible bodies and we look forward to seeing real, tangible outcomes from the discussions” says Mr. Townsend.

In a press release today Mr. Ben Veness, President of the Australian Medical Students Association said he too was hopeful the summit would bring about positive change.

“We hope the Summit will lead to a commitment from the Federal and State Governments to find and fund enough high quality internships to keep all Australian-trained doctors in Australia, so we don’t face the same crisis as last year.

Last year’s allocation system was slow and inefficient. We need a nationally-coordinated internship application system so we know exactly who has jobs, who doesn’t, and where the free positions are.

This is a golden opportunity for the Federal and State governments, and private hospitals, to agree on a funding and accreditation model that provides quality internships across both the public and private settings.

Participants at the Summit must not forget that the internship is only one piece of the puzzle, with our long-term aim being to deliver sufficient independent specialists (including general practitioners) to meet the community’s healthcare needs” said Mr. Veness.

With a wealth of medical practitioners, health ministers and education experts taking part in the Summit, the program promises to deliver addresses on sustainable solutions, innovation in medical training as well as looking at the economic impacts of internship training.

For live updates from the Intern Summit, follow #interncrisis on Twitter.

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Medical Student Action on Training (MSAT) is a grassroots movement by Medical Students Australia wide who have united to raise awareness and demand political action be taken to solve the #interncrisis
  • LF Ng
  • docoptra

    what about the AMC graduates who have cleared their their AMC mcq and IELTS and been waiting to get rotational jobs to gain their registration!!!
    I am sorry, but if Australia cannot provide rotational jobs for OTD after passing Their AMC exams,… then just CLOSE THE DOOR TO THE AMC STANDARD PATHWAY, because this is plain THEFT!! taking OTD money, for exams with no jobs!!!!!!