Medical Training Review Panel: thirteenth report

Medical Graduates

Page last updated: April 2010

Current Data and Trends

In 2008, the latest year for which data is available, 2,139 students graduated from Australian medical schools. Of these, 1,738 were domestic students.

Each year the number of domestic medical graduates has increased with a 35.0% increase from 2004 to 2008 (Table 2.7). Over the same period, the number of international medical graduates has increased by 85.6% (Table 2.8).

Table 2.7: Domestic medical school graduates from Australian universities, 2004-2008
20042005200620072008

(a) No graduates at ANU until 2007.

(b) No graduates at James Cook until 2005.

Source: Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand

Adelaide
94
85
92
85
98
ANU(a)
..
..
..
71
90
Flinders
67
62
66
77
75
Griffith
..
..
..
..
70
James Cook(b)
..
58
74
65
66
Melbourne
179
178
211
186
199
Monash
144
143
123
137
159
Newcastle
65
59
61
67
77
Notre Dame WA
..
..
..
..
75
Queensland
225
218
215
284
238
Sydney
190
176
147
202
208
Tasmania
55
46
62
58
64
UNSW
163
188
166
186
177
UWA
105
107
118
126
142
Total
1,287
1,320
1,335
1,544
1,738
Table 2.8: International medical school graduates from Australian universities, 2004-2008
20042005200620072008

(a) No graduates at ANU until 2007.
(b) No graduates at James Cook until 2005.

Source: Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand

Adelaide
33
29
36
41
48
ANU(a)
..
..
..
1
4
Flinders
20
28
26
27
22
Griffith
..
..
..
..
0
James Cook(b)
..
0
1
1
0
Melbourne
75
83
74
85
88
Monash
5
28
52
39
52
Newcastle
15
14
16
15
18
Notre Dame WA
..
..
..
..
0
Queensland
4
8
9
20
51
Sydney
31
42
33
47
55
Tasmania
8
10
12
13
14
UNSW
23
23
32
23
39
UWA
2
2
7
4
10
Total
216
267
298
316
401

The proportion of females graduating has only been available for 2007 and 2008. Table 2.9 shows that just over half of all medical graduates, both domestic and international, are female (57.2% for domestic and 54.6% for international in 2008). This is a slightly higher proportion of females than in the intake of medical students in recent years (54.8% for domestic and 47.0% for international in 2009, Table 2.5).

Table 2.9: Medical graduates: Domestic, international and proportions of females, 2004-2008
20042005200620072008

Source: Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand

Domestic
1,287
1,320
1,335
1,544
1,738
Proportion female (%)
na
na
na
56.2
57.2
International
216
267
298
316
401
Proportion females (%)
na
na
na
52.5
54.6
Total
1,503
1,587
1,633
1,860
2,139

Data for all years from 1997 to 2008 is provided in Appendix D.

Projected Numbers of Graduates

Tables 2.10, 2.11 and 2.12 show the number of medical graduates projected for the years 2009 to 2014. This data is based on current enrolments in 2009. Attrition has not been factored into these figures. However, it should be noted that this would not greatly affect the overall numbers, as attrition rates from medical courses are low relative to other courses, with a mean national attrition rate of 1.4% in 2008.

The number of domestic medical graduates is projected to rise from 1,914 in 2009 to 2,264 graduates in 2010 and up to 3,108 in 2014 (Table 2.10). The number of domestic students graduating is projected to increase by 62.4% overall from 2009 to 2014.

Table 2.10: Domestic medical students to graduate from Australian universities: Projected numbers(a), 2009-2014.
200920102011201220132014

(a) No allowance has been made for student attrition.

Source: Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand

Adelaide
85
97
98
125
145
155
ANU
72
85
78
86
95
95
Bond
55
73
84
80
83
80
Deakin
0
0
112
132
128
128
Flinders
74
106
114
125
120
132
Griffith
117
149
142
156
150
150
James Cook
82
100
88
96
162
162
Melbourne PG
68
69
88
72
79
280
Melbourne UG
132
143
148
150
172
0
Monash PG
0
0
52
67
65
65
Monash UG
159
182
221
228
247
240
Newcastle/UNE
85
104
80
166
172
169
Notre Dame Sydney
0
0
107
113
112
112
Notre Dame WA
80
90
106
109
104
104
UNSW
169
162
200
206
209
210
Queensland
272
328
300
306
305
305
Sydney
206
228
222
251
228
228
Tasmania
75
88
81
109
99
100
UWA PG
15
33
60
58
64
65
UWA UG
168
159
126
105
115
145
UWS
0
0
90
98
118
110
Wollongong
0
68
70
74
73
73
Total
1,914
2,264
2,667
2,912
3,045
3,108

The number of international students studying medicine in Australia is also expected to rise. The projected increase is 19.2% from 2008 to 2009 (401 and 478 respectively). In 2014, it is projected that the number of international medical students graduating from Australian universities will be around two thirds (69.1%) higher than in 2008 (Table 2.11).

Table 2.11: International medical students to graduate from Australian universities: Projected numbers(a), 2009-2014
200920102011201220132014

(a) No allowance has been made for student attrition.

Source: Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand

Adelaide
38
41
24
20
21
24
ANU
6
6
4
12
11
11
Bond
4
2
0
4
9
4
Deakin
..
0
0
2
8
15
Flinders
28
14
18
19
19
20
Griffith
2
0
0
0
5
5
James Cook
2
3
3
4
4
18
Melbourne PG
15
18
19
5
6
50
Melbourne UG
81
77
73
74
76
0
Monash PG
0
0
5
6
15
15
Monash UG
74
97
74
66
54
60
Newcastle/UNE
22
25
26
24
34
30
Notre Dame Sydney
..
..
..
..
..
..
Notre Dame WA
..
..
..
..
..
..
UNSW
40
56
40
52
60
67
Queensland
75
83
84
123
210
210
Sydney
55
36
39
48
60
60
Tasmania
21
20
22
18
25
24
UWA PG
0
0
0
0
0
2
UWA UG
15
28
26
19
29
26
UWS
..
0
0
10
21
26
Wollongong
0
6
11
12
11
11
Total
478
512
468
518
678
678

In total, some 3,786 medical students are expected to be graduating in 2014. This is 58.3% higher than the number anticipated to graduate in 2009 and some 77.0% higher than the number who graduated in 2008.

It should be noted, however, that while the number of medical students is increasing significantly each year, the rate of growth overall is projected to ease somewhat in future years.

Table 2.12: Medical students to graduate from Australian universities: Projected numbers of domestic and international students(a), 2009-2014
200920102011201220132014

(a) No allowance has been made for student attrition.

Source: Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand

Domestic
1,914
2,264
2,667
2,912
3,045
3,108
International
478
512
468
518
678
678
Total
2,392
2,776
3,135
3,430
3,723
3,786
Increase from previous year (%)
16.1
12.9
9.4
8.5
1.7