A crisis looms. Before November 2012, 181 trained medical students would find themselves without a graduate placement. Without this last step, they cannot practice as doctors in Australia.

Nurse, our medical training system has no pulse!

A medical degree sees a student spend up to six years at university, where they gather a general education in medicine. Once complete, the student must find a graduate internship in a hospital, where they can then move from students to become actual doctors.

According to an audit by the Confederation of Postgraduate Medical Education Councils, 3326 Australian-trained medical graduates applied for 3080 internships in 2013. That leaves 181 graduating students - who have spent between $51,000 and $300,000 - without any option to further their barely-started career.

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  • bananabender says:

    06:11pm | 10/12/12

    The general consensus is that it takes 2.5 Gen Y doctors to replace one baby boomer doctor due to radically different work ethics. The Gen Y doctor isn’t going to work 80 hours per week and spend three weeks at a time on call. Read more »

  • marley says:

    06:08pm | 10/12/12

    @Nick - people skills are irrelevant for doctors?  Maybe if you’re a surgeon they’re irrelevant, but if you’re trying to figure out what’s wrong with some who doesn’t have bits of bone sticking out or gunshot holes in their chest, people skills can be pretty important.  If you’re trying to… Read more »


One Hundred years ago, the German-Italian sociologist, Robert Michels outlined his ``iron law of oligarchy’’ arguing that there inevitably develops a gap between the interests of the represented and the smaller group doing the representing.

.As our hands on hips indicate, we mean business baby

Leaders, especially when elections are approaching, start to act in ways that will maximise their chances of holding on to power. Certainly, that’s the way their actions tend to be viewed.

Political opponents and powerful minorities use this ``gap’’ as fertile ground for undermining public confidence if they perceive an advantage from doing so. And this becomes a vicious cycle in turn feeding a wider cynicism

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  • taxpayer says:

    07:12am | 12/05/10

    Wayne T you can always make a longer appointment with a GP.  They are very kind a give every patient 15 minutes which is surely long enough if not just make a half hour or longer appointment.  I certainly would not see a Nurse.  She is not a GP and… Read more »

  • Scot says:

    04:02pm | 06/04/10

    hehehe Rudd is a likely candidate for Diabetes. His life style has the signals of some one that needs to change his life style quick. He has a very big tummy hidden under that loose shirt, good thing we have a PM in waiting that knows what exercise and good… Read more »


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