Medical Training Review Panel: fifteenth report

Postgraduate Year 1

Page last updated: 15 March 2012

Current Data

In 2011, there were 2,723 trainees commencing PGY1. Of these, a bit more than half (54.2%) were female (Table 3.1).

Just over two thirds (69.9% or 1,904) of all PGY1 trainees commenced training in the state or territory in which they completed their medical degree. A further 324 trainees (11.9%) were trained in Australia, but commenced their PGY1 training in another state or territory.

International students who graduated from an Australian medical school occupied 390 or 14.3% PGY1 positions.

The number of PGY1 positions in each state and territory closely matched the distribution of the population as a whole.

Table 3.1: Commencing postgraduate year 1 trainees or supervised training positions: Total, females and proportion of females by doctor category and state/territory, 2011

(a) Includes 14 doctors who completed some training through the Northern Territory Medical Program at Flinders or James Cook Universities.
(b) Includes 4 international medical graduates who were AMC candidates.
(c) Total number of intern positions available was 770.

Source: State and territory government health departments

NSWVicQldSAWATasNTACTAust
All commencing PGY1s
Australian trained local (own state)
493
362
557
147
224
61
5
55
1,904
- Commonwealth supported
464
362
557
na
224
56
5
52
1,720
- Full-fee paying
29
0
0
na
0
5
0
3
37
Australian trained local (interstate)
110
113
32
7
20
3
(a)27
12
324
- Commonwealth supported
89
113
na
na
3
(a)27
9
241
- Full-fee paying
21
0
na
na
0
3
24
New Zealand medical graduates
3
4
1
3
1
0
1
0
13
International students who graduated from an Australian medical school
74
140
51
90
22
0
2
11
390
- Own state
67
129
48
46
21
0
1
3
315
- Interstate
7
11
3
44
1
0
1
8
75
Australian Medical Council graduates
76
(b)6
3
0
0
7
92
Total
(c)756
625
644
247
267
71
35
78
2,723
Proportion of total trainees
27.8
23.0
23.7
9.1
9.8
2.6
1.3
2.9
100.0
Females
Australian trained local (own state)
255
195
289
86
128
33
2
31
1,019
- Commonwealth supported
243
195
na
128
33
2
31
632
- Full-fee paying
12
na
0
0
12
Australian trained local (interstate)
55
64
20
2
16
1
21
7
186
- Commonwealth supported
46
64
na
16
1
21
5
153
- Full-fee paying
9
na
0
2
11
New Zealand medical graduates
0
2
1
0
1
0
0
4
International students who graduated from an Australian medical school
39
90
19
36
12
0
2
0
198
- Own state
36
85
17
19
11
0
1
0
169
- Interstate
3
5
2
17
1
0
1
0
29
Australian Medical Council graduates
59
2
3
0
5
69
Total
408
353
332
124
157
39
25
38
1,476
Proportion females (%)
Australian trained local (own state)
51.7
53.9
51.9
58.5
57.1
54.1
40.0
56.4
53.5
- Commonwealth supported
52.4
53.9
na
57.1
58.9
40.0
59.6
36.7
- Full-fee paying
41.4
0.0
na
0
0
32.4
Australian trained local (interstate)
50.0
56.6
62.5
28.6
80.0
33.3
77.8
58.3
57.4
- Commonwealth supported
51.7
56.6
na
33.3
77.8
55.6
63.5
- Full-fee paying
42.9
0.0
na
66.7
45.8
New Zealand medical graduates
0.0
50.0
100.0
0.0
100.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
30.8
International students who graduated from an Australian medical school
52.7
64.3
37.3
40.0
54.5
0.0
100.0
0.0
50.8
- Own state
53.7
65.9
35.4
41.3
52.4
100.0
0.0
53.7
- Interstate
42.9
45.5
66.7
38.6
100.0
100.0
0.0
38.7
Australian Medical Council graduates
77.6
33.3
100.0
0.0
71.4
75.0
Total
54.0
56.5
51.6
50.2
58.8
54.9
71.4
48.7
54.2

Trends

The number of PGY1 commencements continues to increase with one and a half times more trainees (947 or 53.3%) commencing their training in 2011 compared with 2007 (Table 3.2).

The increases in prevocational training over the period of 2007 to 2011 appear to be considerably greater in some jurisdictions, namely in the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia, where the number of trainees commencing their first year of the prevocational training increased by 133.3%, 80.4% and 72.3% respectively.

Table 3.2: Commencing postgraduate year 1 trainees by state/territory, 2007–2011

(a) Actual allocation figures are not available. Figures based on number of offers made.
(b) Includes 233 accredited positions, plus 17 interns carried over from 2008 and 8 of these share 4 full-time positions.
(c) Approximate numbers only based on acceptances registered in eRecruitment system.

Source: State and territory government health departments

20072008200920102011Increase
2007-2011 (%)
New South Wales/ Australian Capital Territory
533
688
..
..
..
56.5
New South Wales
..
..
668
657
756
..
Australian Capital Territory
..
..
62
62
78
..
Victoria
447
454
506
557
625
39.8
Queensland
357
411
444
(c)558
(c)644
80.4
South Australia
213
227
(b)246
230
247
16.0
Western Australia
155
175
228
240
267
72.3
Tasmania
(a)56
51
62
58
71
26.8
Northern Territory
15
24
27
32
35
133.3
Australia
1,776
2,030
2,243
2,394
2,723
53.3
Increase on previous year (%)
14.3
10.5
6.7
13.7