Medical Training Review Panel: fifteenth report

Postgraduate Year 2

Page last updated: 15 March 2012

Current Data

There were 2,521 doctors in PGY2 training positions in 2011. Half of these (51.2%) were females. Data on the doctors commencing PGY2 training is provided in Table 3.3.

Almost two thirds (64.0%) of doctors had commenced their second year of prevocational medical training in the same state or territory in which they were trained previously, compared with 13.5% from interstate.

International students who completed their medical degree in Australia occupied 246 or 9.6% of all PGY2 positions and a further 152 or 6% of positions were occupied by Australian Medical Council graduates.

Table 3.3: Commencing doctors in postgraduate year 2 training positions: Total, females and proportion of females by doctor category and state/territory, 2011

(a) Includes temporary resident Australian trained medical graduates.
(b) Residency status information not available to separate into categories. Numbers included in Australian trained local own state and interstate commencements.
(c) Not all PGY2 positions in Victoria and South Australia are allocated via Computer Match as some PGY2 positions are directly recruited by hospitals or filled by IMGs already working in the health service and completing 12 months supervised practice.
(d) Includes 4 doctors assessed under the Competent Authority Pathway.
(e) The figures represent the number of PGY2 posts accepted through the Computer Match. A further 47 PGY2 posts were directly recruited by health services.
(f) Actual allocation is not available. Figures based on number of offers made.
(g) Includes 20 doctors who passed AMC 1 and 2 doctors who passed Competent pathway (UK).

Source: State and territory government health departments

Comparison cannot really be made across states and territories due to various inclusions and limitations on the data that can be extracted from the various systems. However, Victoria appears to differ in relation to the proportion of its PGY2 positions filled by doctors from other states and territories (18.6%) and overseas (23.9% in total).

NSW (c)VicQld(c) SAWA(f)TasNTACTAust
All commencing PGY2 doctors
Australian trained local (own state)
(a)460
331
418
98
238
41
1
26
1,613
Australian trained local (interstate)
(a)69
109
80
29
17
8
15
13
340
New Zealand medical graduates
5
12
8
9
0
0
1
0
35
International students who graduated from an Australian medical school
(b)na
120
50
53
7
14
0
2
246
Australian Medical Council graduates
50
8
19
na
3
40
15
17
152
Other/unspecified
33
(d)5
na
65
0
(g)32
135
Total
617
(e)585
575
189
330
103
64
58
2,521
Females
Australian trained local (own state)
(a)260
181
217
7
121
20
1
15
822
Australian trained local (interstate)
(a)40
65
45
6
7
5
9
4
181
New Zealand medical graduates
2
6
1
0
0
0
1
0
10
International students who graduated from an Australian medical school
(b)na
62
27
32
3
6
0
2
132
Australian Medical Council graduate
30
5
9
na
3
15
11
7
80
Other/unspecified
20
3
na
30
0
14
67
Total
352
322
299
45
164
46
36
28
1,292
Proportion females (%)
Australian trained local (own state)
(a)56.5
54.7
51.9
7.1
50.8
48.8
100.0
57.7
51.0
Australian trained local (interstate)
(a)58.0
59.6
56.3
20.7
41.2
62.5
60.0
30.8
53.2
New Zealand medical graduates
40.0
50.0
12.5
0.0
0.0
0.0
100.0
0.0
28.6
International students who graduated from an Australian medical school
(b)na
51.7
54.0
60.4
42.9
42.9
100.0
53.7
Australian Medical Council graduates
60.0
62.5
47.4
na
100.0
37.5
73.3
41.2
52.6
Other/unspecified
60.6
60.0
na
46.2
0.0
43.8
49.6
Total
57.1
55.0
52.0
23.8
49.7
44.7
56.3
48.3
51.2

Trends

The reported number of PGY2 commencements has increased 59.0% since 2007 (Table 3.4), rising from 1,586 trainees in 2007 to 2,521 in 2011. Comparisons across years and between states and territories should be undertaken with caution due to data quality issues.

Commencements appear to have increased markedly in all states and territories, except South Australia, which has had significant fluctuations in the number of PGY2 commencements reported each year, in the main due to the introduction of a new recruitment process in 2009.

The biggest increases in commencements over the period of 2007 to 2011 were in Western Australia (243.8%), Queensland (102.5%) and Northern Territory (100%). There are a number of problems with the quality of the data provided by Tasmania in previous years, however, it too appears to have increased PGY2 trainee numbers markedly over the last five years.

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Table 3.4: Postgraduate year 2 commencements by state/territory, 2007–2011

(a) Includes 83 IMGs working in PGY2 positions registered under the Competent Authority or Standard pathways.
(b) Total includes one unknown.
(c) Figure based on number of offers made.
(d) Commencement data is based upon the total number of declined job offers registered in the eRecruitment system.
(e) Approximate number only. The South Australian Institute of Medical Education and Training (SA IMET) was in its first year of managing Trainee Medical Officer (TMO) recruitment and accurate numbers were not available. (f) Actual allocation is not available. Figures based on number of offers made.
(g) Includes 85 IMGs working in PGY2 positions registered under the Competent Authority or Standard Pathways.
(h) Although there were 543 HMO2 positions included in the Computer Matching Process (the Match), only 503 were matched. There were 13 unmatched candidates who accepted vacant positions. Total number of doctors who started their PGY2 training via the Match was 516. The remaining 27 positions could be filled outside the Match (e.g. by IMGs).
(i) Commencement data is approximate and is based upon the total number of acceptances registered in the eRecruitment system.
(j) A total of 632 HMO2 positions was included in the Computer Matching Process and only 581 positions were matched. From these 15 matched candidates declined their offer and 19 unmatched candidates accepted a position. Total number of doctors who started their PGY2 training via the Match was 585. A further 47 PGY2 posts were directly recruited by health services.
(k) Includes only the number of PGY2 commencing who completed internship in SA.
(l) This figure should be interpreted with caution as it is based on incomplete data.

Source: State and territory government health departments

20072008200920102011Increase
2007-2011 (%)
New South Wales/ Australian Capital Territory
449
..
..
..
..
50.3
New South Wales
..
na
(a)640
(g)686
617
..
Australian Capital Territory
..
36
40
62
58
..
Victoria
477
467
(b)487
(h)543
(j)585
22.6
Queensland
284
(c)441
(d)458
(i)474
(i)575
102.5
South Australia
220
161
(e)300
183
(k)189
-14.1
Western Australia
96
224
276
241
330
243.8
Tasmania
(f)28
(f)49
107
(f)79
103
(l)267.9
Northern Territory
32
44
44
45
64
100.0
Australia
1,586
1,422
2,352
2,234
2,521
59.0
Increase on previous year (%)
-10.3
65.4
-5.0
12.8