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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Crikey: Australia’s reputation at risk over medical intern crisis

Crikey: Australia’s reputation at risk over medical intern crisis

About 150 international medical students graduating from Australian universities do not have an intern position for next year due to funding shortfalls. We are at a critical point.

If graduates cannot secure an internship locally they will have no option but to take their chances in the competitive matching programs in their home countries. In some home countries, there are no opportunities. In Canada, US and European Union, the odds are against them.

The damage to the reputation of Australia as a higher education destination is one …

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News Roundup: Not just an #interncrisis, it’s a #trainingcrisis

News Roundup: Not just an #interncrisis, it’s a #trainingcrisis

Although the first priority of the #interncrisis campaign is to find 182 extra internships for this year, we are also lobbying for a long term solution to training bottlenecks throughout the multi-year training pathway that all Doctors must travel after medical school. 2012 is just the tip of the iceberg.

Just some of the stories in recent days about shortages across the entire medical training pathway
Queensland: Doctor training squeeze spreads north

A SQUEEZE in clinical training places may have spread to Queensland, with the Australian Medical Association …

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News Roundup: Doctors desperately needed across Australia

News Roundup: Doctors desperately needed across Australia

Australia is is facing a shortage of health professionals. The Rural Doctors Association of Australia estimates that there is a shortfall of 1800 doctors in rural communities today. Much like the wider population, the medical workforce is ageing. One third of Australian GPs are over 55 and over 38% of nurses and midwives are over 50 years of age.

Health Workforce Australia (HWA), the Commonwealth authority established to advise State and Federal health ministers, has predicted that by 2025 Australia will be short 2700 doctors. This …

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Video: Senator Nash backs #interncrisis campaign in Senate speech

Video: Senator Nash backs #interncrisis campaign in Senate speech

Recently, on October 31st, Senator Fiona Nash delivered an impassioned and informed speech in support of medical students that will hopefully make the Government see sense.

Click here to read the full speech from Hansard (PDF). 

The big message tonight is don’t give up, there is still hope! With everyone working together a solution has to be found soon.

In follow up to her speech, Senator Nash has produced a press release and has written a letter to the Prime Minister to express our concerns:

Press Release (PDF)

Letter to …

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Senator Nash asks for a solution to the #interncrisis

Senator Nash asks for a solution to the #interncrisis

Senator Nash asks the Minister representing the Minister for Health what the Government plans to do fix it’s medical internships problem.

For more information visit Senator Nash’s website

Please send an email to Senator Fiona Nash to thank her for supporting the #interncrisis campaign. And as tempting as it may be to criticise the Government response, we ask that our supporters don’t make any personal attacks. 

This video shows the general lack of knowledge about the #interncrisis among many politicians. We’re looking at this as an opportunity. We …

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Will Milford & Michael Bonning @ MJA Insight: Intern intransigence

Will Milford & Michael Bonning @ MJA Insight: Intern intransigence

SKIRMISHES between the federal and the state and territory governments remain a reliable fixture of Australian politics, particularly in health.

The current flashpoint of the blame game is the funding of internships for medical students graduating from Australian universities.

At the time of writing, all domestic Commonwealth-supported medical graduates have secured internships for next year. However, 182 international full-fee-paying medical students look set to miss out.

The majority are from medical schools in Queensland, NSW, Victoria and Tasmania; WA and SA have committed to employing all graduates of …

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Ben Veness @ SMH: Internships are not a privilege to be sold

Ben Veness @ SMH: Internships are not a privilege to be sold

The state Health Minister, Jillian Skinner, suggested in this paper on Monday that my international medical student colleagues ought to pay for the privilege of working as interns in NSW hospitals. Domestic and international medical students alike have revolted in protest – the #interncrisis Twitter campaign taking off like a rabid virus.

Interns are the most junior doctors in our hospitals. They regularly work 16-hour overnight shifts, navigating cannulas through frail, elderly skin into torturous, collapsing veins; assessing agitated patients in the emergency department on Saturday …

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Mamamia: 182 qualified doctors. And none of them can get a job.

Mamamia: 182 qualified doctors. And none of them can get a job.

Imagine working, studying and training for 4+ years to become a doctor.

You want to work in Australia, you want to save lives, you want to ease pain and you want to become an integral part of the Australian health system. A system that is currently struggling to support itself. A system that is relying on the recruitment of 2500 foreign doctors each year.

Now, imagine graduating from your degree at one of Australia’s best universities and not being able to work because while the system is crying …

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ABC Radio: Local Medical Students Denied Internships

ABC Radio: Local Medical Students Denied Internships

In recent years Australian universities have bolstered the number of places for medical students but there simply aren’t enough internship positions — needed in order to finish medical training in Australia.

About 180 Australian trained international students say they have missed out because domestic students have been prioritised for the fixed number of internships, but domestic students are missing out on internships too.

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