Medical Training Review Panel: sixteenth report

Vocational Training Data

Page last updated: 09 April 2013

In 2012, there were 16,740 vocational training positions/trainees (Table 4.3). The largest number was in adult medicine (3,665), followed by general practice (3,445) and emergency medicine (2,070). Paediatrics, anaesthesia, psychiatry and surgery also had more than a thousand trainees (1,257, 1,224, 1,221 and 1,094 respectively).

Data cover all Australian trainees, as well as international medical graduates (IMGs) who are registered vocational trainees and who are working, being supervised or training in an accredited training position, post, facility or program. A number of medical colleges provide training overseas and Australian trainees within these overseas programs are included in the data, whereas non-Australian trainees are excluded.

It should be noted that numbers reported for some specialties differ sometimes across tables. This is primarily due to variation in what is included in the numbers in respect to New Zealand and other overseas trainees. In addition there are a number of trainees located in more than one state and territory and cannot be allocated to any one particular state/territory. These trainees have been counted in both, but the total number of trainees for that specialty only includes the physical headcount. Differences in inclusions are duly noted in the table footnotes where applicable.

Table 4.3: Vocational training positions/trainees by medical specialty, 2012

(a) Palliative Medicine only denotes Chapter trainees.
(b) AFRM does not have Basic Training stage. This figure does not include AFRM trainees in New Zealand or Singapore.
(c) There are 7 Adult Medicine Basic Trainees overseas which have not been included in these figures.
(d) There are 4 Paediatric Basic Trainees overseas which have not been included in these figures.
(e) Trainees are included in ACEM total.
(f) Total number of registrars across all states is 3,325 (this includes double counting of registrars).
(g) Total excludes 4 currently living overseas.
(h) This figure includes 11 trainees who are currently completing their final year overseas.
(i) RANZCP includes 229 Fellows in subspecialty training.
(j) This total excludes 183 New Zealand, 7 overseas accredited training posts and 7 New Zealand & 2 overseas trainees who are on approved extended leave.
(k) RACP Paediatric Emergency Medicine trainees may also be accounted for the RACP Paediatrics figures, as they may be undertaking training in another paediatrics specialty.

Source: Medical colleges and GPET

Medical specialtyBasic traineesAdvanced traineesTotal college trainees
Addiction medicine
..
18
18
Adult medicine
(c)2,197
1,468
3,665
Anaesthesia
615
609
1,224
Anaesthesia - Pain medicine
..
59
59
Dermatology
42
57
99
Emergency medicine
- ACEM
821
1,204
2,025
- RACP
0
(e, k)45
(e, k)45
General practice
- GPET
..
(f)3,289
3,289
- ACRRM
..
(g)156
156
Intensive care
192
302
494
Medical administration
..
98
98
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
354
133
487
Occupational and Environmental medicine
..
84
84
Ophthalmology
55
(h)80
135
Paediatrics
(d)664
593
1,257
Palliative medicine(a)
..
24
24
Pathology
..
314
314
Pathology and RACP (jointly)
..
208
208
Psychiatry
804
(i)417
1,221
Public health medicine
..
61
61
Radiation oncology
..
141
141
Radiodiagnosis
..
372
372
Rehabilitation medicine(b)
..
177
177
Sexual health medicine
..
10
10
Sport and exercise medicine
..
28
28
Surgery
..
(j)1,094
1,094
Total
5,744
10,996
16,740