The Medical Training Review Panel (MTRP) was formed under legislation in 1996 to report to the Commonwealth Minister of Health on the activities of the MTRP and provide data on medical training opportunities in Australia. Over the years the panel has aimed, through its annual report, to provide a comprehensive picture of medical education and training, supplementing this with other data on the medical workforce supply.
The fifteenth annual report of the MTRP, like its predecessor, provides information on university, prevocational and vocational medical training positions, students and trainees, examinations and college fellows. Information is also included on medical practitioners who have trained overseas seeking to and currently working in Australia.
The report was compiled by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, with oversight by the MTRP. Data was provided by the Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand Inc (MDANZ), medical colleges, General Practice Education and Training Limited (GPET), state and territory health departments through their postgraduate medical councils and the Australian Medical Council. Selected administrative data from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing and the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship have also been included.
To aid readability, tables in the body of the report present time series information on the latest five years for which data are available. Data for all years, where possible back to 1997, the first year of annual reporting by the MTRP, have been included in Appendix D. For the purposes of the Executive Summary, the latest available data has been summarised and trends in the data have been examined across all years for which national data are available.