Medical Training Review Panel: sixteenth report

Postgraduate Year 1

Page last updated: 09 April 2013

Current Data

In 2012, there were 2,950 trainees commencing PGY1. Of these, just over half (54.1%) were females (Table 3.1).

Just over three quarters (2,292 or 77.7%) of all PGY1 trainees commenced training in the state or territory in which they completed their medical degree. A further 261 trainees (8.8%) were trained in Australia, but commenced their PGY1 training in another state or territory.

International students who graduated from an Australian medical school occupied 351 (11.9%) of the PGY1 positions. The number of PGY1 positions in each state and territory approximately 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, 2012

(a) Total number of intern positions available for 2012 was 850.
(b) Includes 5 international medical graduates who were AMC candidates.
(c) 2 candidates at time of application had not passed both parts of the AMC exams.
(d) Gender of 11 positions is unknown as they were filled externally to SA Institute of Medical Education and Training (IMET).
(e) Monash Sunway Campus (Malaysia) students included in this data.
(f) Includes 17 doctors who completed some training through the Northern Territory Medical Program at Flinders or James Cook Universities.

Source: State and territory government health departments

NSWVicQldSAWATasNTACTAust
All commencing PGY1 trainees
Australian trained local (own state)
694
529
547
173
246
52
0
51
2,292
- Commonwealth supported
631
529
547
173
237
52
0
47
2,216
- Full-fee paying
63
0
0
0
9
0
0
4
76
Australian trained local (interstate)
86
51
44
13
17
2
(f)36
12
261
- Commonwealth supported
67
na
na
11
17
1
(f)36
5
137
- Full-fee paying
19
na
na
2
0
1
0
7
29
New Zealand medical graduates
3
4
3
4
1
0
0
1
16
International students who graduated from an Australian medical school
66
108
65
(d)66
16
16
4
10
351
- Own state
63
103
61
34
13
14
0
5
293
- Interstate
3
5
4
32
3
2
4
5
58
Australian Medical Council graduates
0
(b)6
(c)4
0
2
3
1
14
30
Total
(a)849
698
663
(e)256
282
73
41
88
2,950
Proportion of total trainees (%)
28.8
23.7
22.5
8.7
9.6
2.5
1.4
3.0
100.0
Females
Australian trained local (own state)
385
295
287
91
144
30
0
32
1,264
- Commonwealth supported
353
295
287
91
141
30
0
na
1,197
- Full-fee paying
32
0
0
0
3
0
0
na
35
Australian trained local (interstate)
46
24
20
7
7
1
17
6
128
- Commonwealth supported
35
na
na
7
7
1
17
na
67
- Full-fee paying
11
na
na
0
0
0
0
na
11
New Zealand medical graduates
1
2
2
3
0
0
0
0
8
International students who graduated from an Australian medical school
35
54
36
(e)31
8
8
2
1
175
- Own state
34
53
32
19
6
7
0
na
151
- Interstate
1
1
4
12
2
1
2
na
23
Australian Medical Council graduates
0
5
3
0
1
2
1
10
22
Total
467
380
348
132
160
41
20
49
1,597
Proportion females (%)
Australian trained local (own state)
55.5
55.8
52.5
52.6
58.5
57.7
0
62.7
55.1
- Commonwealth supported
55.9
55.8
52.5
52.6
59.5
57.7
0
na
54.0
- Full-fee paying
50.8
na
0
0
33.3
0
0
na
46.1
Australian trained local (interstate)
53.5
47.1
45.5
53.8
41.2
50.0
47.2
50.0
49.0
- Commonwealth supported
52.2
na
na
63.6
41.2
100.0
47.2
na
48.9
- Full-fee paying
57.9
na
na
0
0
0
0
na
37.9
New Zealand medical graduates
33.3
50.0
66.7
75.0
0
0
0
0
50.0
International students who graduated from an Australian medical school
53.0
50.0
55.4
47.0
50.0
50.0
50.0
10.0
49.9
- Own state
54.0
51.5
52.5
55.9
46.2
50.0
0
na
51.5
- Interstate
33.3
20.0
100.0
37.5
66.7
50.0
50.0
na
39.7
Australian Medical Council graduates
0
83.3
75.0
0
50.0
66.7
100.0
71.4
73.3
Total
55.0
54.4
52.5
51.6
56.7
56.2
48.8
55.7
54.1

Trends

The number of PGY1 commencements continued to increase, with 920 additional interns (45.3% increase) commencing their training in 2012 compared with 2008 (Table 3.2).

The increases in prevocational training over the period of 2008 to 2012 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 70.8%, 61.3% and 61.1% respectively.

Table 3.2: Commencing postgraduate year 1 trainees by state/territory, 2008–2012

(a) Includes 233 accredited positions, plus 17 interns carried over from 2008 and 8 of these share 4 full-time positions.
(b) Approximate numbers only based on acceptances registered in eRecruitment system.
(c) Total number of intern positions available for 2012 was 850.

Source: State and territory government health departments

20082009201020112012Increase
2008-2012 (%)
New South Wales/ Australian Capital Territory
688
..
..
..
..
36.2
New South Wales
..
668
657
756
(c)849
..
Australian Capital Territory
..
62
62
78
88
..
Victoria
454
506
557
625
698
53.7
Queensland
411
444
(b)558
(b)644
(b)663
61.3
South Australia
227
(a)246
230
247
256
12.8
Western Australia
175
228
240
267
282
61.1
Tasmania
51
62
58
71
73
43.1
Northern Territory
24
27
32
35
41
70.8
Australia
2,030
2,243
2,394
2,723
2,950
45.3
Increase on previous year (%)
10.5
6.7
13.7
8.3