Australian Health Ministers’ Conference Communiqué - 12 February 2010

At the Australian Health Ministers’ Conference, all Ministers have committed to jointly plan through Health Workforce Australia for the quality clinical undergraduate training for all of our future health professionals.

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12 February 2010

Today at the Australian Health Ministers’ Conference all Ministers have committed to jointly plan through Health Workforce Australia for the quality clinical undergraduate training for all of our future health professionals.

This National Plan will boost the number of clinical training places available to help produce the next generation of doctors, nurses and allied health professionals.

Co-ordinated national planning will ensure for the first time that clinical training providers will receive transparent funding for their effort- whether this is a large public hospital in Melbourne or a General Practice surgery in Cloncurry.

This commitment to meet increased demand is of particular importance as the health professional student numbers grow over the coming years.

For example, it is anticipated that the numbers of commencing medical student numbers (domestic) will increase from 1820 in 2008 to 2912 in 2012- a 60% increase.

All jurisdictions have agreed to separate budget reporting as a first step to clearly identify in their budgets their commitment to maintaining effort (table attached). All jurisdictions acknowledge the expected growth.

Ministers strongly acknowledged their commitment to provide all Australian medical and nursing graduates with an intern place to allow them to complete their training.

States and Territories have all agreed to guarantee to provide high-quality clinical placements and intern training for Commonwealth-funded medical and nursing students.

Currently there are 2.1 million clinical training days which States agree to maintain as a baseline (breakdown attached). Today’s landmark plan will ensure that the number of training places will grow over time and that ultimately Australians will find it easier to get the health care they need, where they need it.

Today’s agreement has reaffirmed that all Governments are prepared to work together to tackle key challenges facing our health system.

The first board of Health Workforce Australia (HWA) has been also appointed, with the Hon Jim McGinty being appointed to the position of Chairman of the Board.

The 12 other Members of the Board have experience across a broad cross section of health professionals - including doctors, nursing and allied health - as well as expertise in teaching, training and running our vital health services.

Undergraduate Clinical Training Subsidy- State Commitment to Maintain Effort

NSW 22,028,747 45,785,119 46,898,508 47,361,965 162,074,341
Vic 16,724,978 34,761,629 35,606,952 35,958,824 123,052,383
Qld 13,486,781 28,031,275 28,712,932 28,996,676 99,227,664
WA 6,814,737 14,163,927 14,508,361 14,651,735 50,138,760
SA 5,067,214 10,531,830 10,787,940 10,894,547 37,281,531
Tas 1,576,925 3,277,521 3,357,223 3,390,400 11,602,068
NT 692,540 1,439,394 1,474,397 1,488,967 5,095,298
ACT 1,086,692 2,258,610 2,313,534 2,336,396 7,995,232
TOTAL 67,478,617 140,249,305 143,659,846 145,079,511 496,467,277
Clinical training days by setting and State/Territory, 2009
N/A in caretaker
*Data provided by States and Territories- subject to validation

Ministers noted that the Tasmanian Minister was unable to participate in the meeting as it had moved into election caretaker mode.

Media contact: Jason Frenkel 0438 361 865, Minister Andrew’s office
Laura Ryan 02 6277 7220, Minister Roxon’s office

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