Medical Training Review Panel: thirteenth report

Rural Pathway

Page last updated: April 2010

In 2009, there were 965 trainees completing training through the rural pathway. New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory had the largest number (265), followed by Victoria with 253 trainees (Table 4.13).

Table 4.13: General practice rural pathway trainees by state/territory, 2009.

NSW/ACT

Vic

Qld

SA

WA

Tas

NT

Aust

Number26525320484803846965
Proportion (%)27.526.221.18.78.33.94.8100.0

Source: GPET



Subspecialty Training

Pathology Subspecialties

In 2009, there were 361 advanced trainees undertaking training with the Royal College of Pathologists Australasia (RCPA) (Table 4.14). Almost half of these (49.0% or 177) were within the subspecialty of anatomical pathology.

Table 4.14: Advanced pathology training positions by subspecialty, 2009

Subspecialty

Positions

Proportion (%)

Anatomical pathology17749.0
Chemical pathology154.2
Forensic pathology51.4
General pathology30.8
Genetics30.8
Haematology9426.0
Immunology236.4
Microbiology3910.8
Oral pathology20.6

Total

361

100.0

Source: RCPA



Physician Subspecialties

In 2009, there were 1,824 advanced physician trainees undertaking training with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) (Table 4.15). Of these, 873 or 47.9% were female. Amongst the subspecialties, paediatrics had the largest number of advanced trainees (571), followed by cardiology (160).

Table 4.15: Advanced physician trainees: Total and females by subspecialty, 2009(a)(b)

Subspecialty

Trainees

Proportion (%)

Females

Cardiology1608.836
Clinical genetics30.22
Clinical pharmacology110.63
Endocrinology925.056
Gastroenterology1045.728
General medicine1387.650
Geriatric medicine1156.365
Haematology945.242
Immunology and allergy271.516
Infectious diseases915.045
Intensive care150.84
Medical oncology1015.553
Nephrology623.428
Neurology613.320
Nuclear medicine201.17
Paediatrics(c)57131.3352
Palliative medicine351.925
Respiratory and sleep medicine925.024
Rheumatology321.817

Total

1,824

100.0

873

(a) Data includes trainees within the joint RACP and RCPA program.
(b) Includes trainees undertaking advanced training in more than one subspecialty, therefore the total number is greater than the figure previously provided.
(c) Paediatric medicine includes general paediatrics and the paediartic component of other subspecialty.

Source: RACP



Paediatric Subspecialties

In 2009, there were 571 advanced paediatric and child health trainees with the RACP's Paediatric and Child Health Division (Table 4.16). Of these, 352 or 61.6% were female. Amongst the subspecialties, half (293 or 51.3%) were training in general paediatrics.

Table 4.16: Advanced paediatric and child health trainees: Total and females by subspecialty, 2009(a)(b)

Subspecialty

Trainees

Proportion(%)

Females

Cardiology162.85
Clinical genetics173.014
Clinical pharmacology20.41
Community child health356.133
Emergency medicine325.619
Endocrinology234.015
Gastroenterology132.33
General paediatrics29351.3190
Haematology91.64
Immunology and allergy122.16
Infectious diseases132.38
Intensive care40.72
Medical oncology111.95
Neonatal/perinatal medicine539.329
Nephrology20.48
Neurology162.80
Nuclear medicine20.419
Palliative medicine10.21
Respiratory and sleep medicine142.57
Rheumatology30.50

Total

571

100.0

352

(a) Data includes trainees within the joint RACP and RCPA program.
(b) Includes trainees undertaking advanced training in more than one subspecialty, therefore the total number is greater than the total number of trainees.

Source: RACP