The report presents background information and data on the various components of medical education and training as follows.
University Medical Education
Chapter 2 covers medical students enrolled in Australian universities, including information on numbers enrolled in each medical school by year of study, types of places, domestic and international student breakdowns, projections of the numbers expected to graduate over the next five years. Some data on students commencing medical studies collected through the Medical Schools Outcomes Database (MSOD) project have been included to provide additional information on the characteristics of students.
Prevocational Medical Training
Chapter 3 covers the number of prevocational junior doctors in training in the intern year or postgraduate year 1 (PGY1) and postgraduate year 2 (PGY2) positions across Australia. Attempts have been made this year to expand the scope of this information to cover all prevocational training activity, including positions occupied by doctors who have completed their primary medical qualifications overseas.
Vocational Medical Training
Chapter 4 covers information on 2011 trainees by specialty and state and territory, and the results of college examinations in 2010. Data on new and total fellows for each of the medical colleges for 2010 are also included.
Chapter 5 presents information on those doctors trained overseas, commonly referred to as international medical graduates, applying to work and working as medical practitioners in Australia. It provides a description of the Australian Medical Council process of assessment, and the number of international medical graduates and specialists seeking to practise medicine in Australia and the country in which they trained. Data is presented on approved working visas issued by the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship to medical practitioners. Information is also provided on medical practitioners who trained overseas who provided Medicare-funded services and how they are distributed across Australia.
Special Purpose Training Programs
Chapter 6 presents information on the range of special purpose programs operating under Section 3GA of the Health Insurance Act 1973. This allows medical practitioners undertaking postgraduate education, or participating in approved workforce programs to provide professional services that attract Medicare benefits.
The appendices contain more detailed information on the membership of MTRP and its subcommittees (Appendix A), and summary information about college training requirements (Appendix B).
A glossary of the main terms used throughout the report is also provided at Appendix C.
The latest available data and, where possible, trend data for the previous five years have been presented in the main body of the report. Tables showing data from previous years (where possible back to 1997, the first year of MTRP reporting) have also been included at Appendix D.
Appendix E contains the specifications used for collection of the data collated in this report.