Australian Greens health spokesperson and former GP, Dr Richard Di Natale, has today expressed concern that approximately 240 Australian medical graduates will not be offered a State or Territory internship position this year.
“Completing a medical internship is essential for a graduate to work as a doctor in Australia. Without an internship a medical degree is useless,” said Senator Di Natale.
“Regions of Australia continue to suffer from doctor shortages and inadequate medical internship opportunities will make the problem worse.
“Internships based in regional and rural areas often include an associated return of service obligation which encourages rural workplace retention.
“Insufficient medical internship placements will also impact on our ability to attract international students to Australian universities, compromising an important export industry.
“The Australian Greens stand with the Australian Medical Students Association in calling on the government and opposition to expand funding to the Commonwealth Medical Initiative (CMI) to guarantee internships for all Australian medical students.”
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