Update: Allocation of the 116 Jobs and is the #interncrisis solved?

Update: Allocation of the 116 Jobs and is the #interncrisis solved?

In response to the 182 unmatched interns, Federal Health Minister Tanya Plibersek offered to fund 100 private internships if the remaining were funded by the states. 

Five State Governments (WA, NT, QLD, ACT and NSW) worked with the Commonwealth on this to create an additional 116 intern positions in those states and territories.

The Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) funded 90 positions in private hospitals, while the state governments funded the remaining 26 positions in public hospitals. Positions funded by the DoHA come with an agreement that the graduate will complete a 12-month return of service in an area of need following internship.

Two separate systems have facilitated the allocation of placements: 

The Manual Vacancy Support System (MVSS)

    • To allocate the 26 public hospital positions
    • Assisted by various Postgraduate Medical Councils.
    • Available positions are advertised through the system and graduates apply directly to the participating health service.

Additional Medical Interns 2013 (AMI 2013)

  • To allocate the 90 private hospital positions.

Graduates could apply for both MVSS and AMI 2013. 

While these allocation processes were finalized, Australia suffered more losses. As the start of 2013 quickly approached, more Australian-trained young graduates chose to leave the country as the start of internship draws near. The number of remaining graduates have dwindled down significantly. As an example, of the 6 unmatched students from Monash University graduates last month, 5 took up employment overseas while one remained to successfully receive an internship offer.

In recent days reports of the end of the #interncrisis have come from NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner in the Sydney Morning Herald and in Australian Doctor. However MSAT is unable to confirm the number of unmatched interns at the time of publishing.

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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