Medical Training Review Panel: Seventeenth Report

Postgraduate Year 1

Page last updated: 09 April 2014

Current Data

In 2013, there were 3,118 trainees commencing PGY1. Of these, just over half (52.6%) were females (Table 3.1).

Just over four-fifths (2,533 or 81.2%) of all PGY1 trainees commenced training in the state or territory in which they completed their medical degree. A further 253 trainees (8.1%) were trained in Australia, but commenced their PGY1 training in another state or territory.

International students who graduated from an Australian medical school occupied 290 (9.3%) of the PGY1 positions. The number of PGY1 positions in each state and territory approximately matched the distribution of the population as a whole (which can be seen in the following chapter in Table 4.14).

The Commonwealth agreed to provide one-off funding for additional medical intern positions jointly with participating states and territories for 2013 under the Additional Medical Internships 2013. As domestic medical students are guaranteed an internship by states and territories under a 2006 Council of Australian Governments agreement, these positions were targeted to eligible international full-fee paying medical graduates who completed their degree in Australia and had not yet been offered an intern place in 2013.

Table 3.1: Commencing postgraduate year 1 trainees or supervised training positions: Total, females and proportion of females by doctor category and state/territory, 2013
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
WA
TAS
NT
ACT
Aust
All commencing PGY1 trainees

(a) Includes PGY1 positions funded by the Commonwealth Government under the Additional Medical Internships Initiative 2013.
(b) Includes 5 graduates of an Australian Medical Council Accredited Overseas University (Malaysia).
(c) Includes 1 female graduate of an Australian Medical Council Accredited Overseas University (Malaysia).
(d) Includes 2 graduates of an Australian Medical Council Accredited Overseas University (Malaysia).
(e) Data were provided by WA state government.

Source: Australian Government Department of Health and state and territory government health departments

Australian trained local (own state)
806
611
567
195
235
61
0
58
2,533
- Commonwealth-supported
739
611
512
193
235
56
0
58
2,404
- Full-fee paying
67
0
55
2
0
5
0
0
129
Australian trained local (interstate)
73
20
52
17
35
8
38
10
253
- Commonwealth-supported
63
20
na
16
35
3
38
10
185
- Full-fee paying
10
0
na
1
0
5
0
0
16
New Zealand medical graduates
1
0
0
4
3
0
1
2
11
International students who graduated from an Australian medical school and were placed by states/territories
43
76
58
60
25
5
5
18
290
- Own state
43
(b)76
57
35
15
3
0
9
238
- Interstate
0
0
1
25
(d)10
2
5
9
52
Australian Medical Council graduates
0
0
1
0
2
1
0
5
9
Total state/territory funded trainees
923
707
678
276
300
75
44
93
3,096
International students who graduated from an Australian medical school and were placed by the Commonwealth(a)
2
..
8
..
9
..
..
3
22
Total
925
707
686
276
309
75
44
96
3,118
Proportion of total trainees (%)
29.7
22.8
21.8
8.9
9.7
2.4
1.4
3.0
100.0
Females
Australian trained local (own state)
422
310
271
114
138
30
0
40
1,325
- Commonwealth-supported
389
310
241
113
138
28
0
40
1,259
- Full-fee paying
33
0
30
1
0
2
0
0
66
Australian trained local (interstate)
46
11
28
8
21
4
26
9
153
- Commonwealth-supported
39
11
na
8
21
2
1
4
86
- Full-fee paying
7
0
na
0
0
2
0
5
14
New Zealand medical graduates
0
0
0
2
1
0
1
0
4
International students who graduated from an Australian medical school and were placed by states/territories
26
42
29
28
11
2
2
5
145
- Own state
26
(c)42
28
16
8
0
0
0
120
- Interstate
0
0
1
12
(c)3
2
2
5
25
Australian Medical Council graduates
0
0
1
0
2
0
0
5
8
Total state/territory funded trainees
494
363
329
152
173
36
29
59
1,635
International students who graduated from an Australian medical school and were placed by the Commonwealth(a)
na
..
na
..
(e)6
..
..
na
na
Total
494
363
329
152
179
36
29
59
1,641
Proportion females (%)
Australian trained local (own state)
52.4
50.7
47.8
58.5
58.7
49.2
0.0
69.0
52.3
- Commonwealth-supported
52.6
50.7
47.0
58.5
58.7
50.0
0.0
69.0
52.4
- Full-fee paying
49.3
0.0
54.5
50.0
0.0
40.0
0.0
0.0
51.2
Australian trained local (interstate)
63.0
55.0
53.8
47.1
60.0
50.0
68.4
90.0
60.5
- Commonwealth-supported
61.9
55.0
0.0
50.0
60.0
66.7
2.6
40.0
46.5
- Full-fee paying
70.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
40.0
0.0
0.0
87.5
New Zealand medical graduates
0.0
0.0
0.0
50.0
33.3
0.0
100.0
0.0
36.4
International students who graduated from an Australian medical school and were placed by states/territories
60.5
55.3
50.0
46.7
44.0
40.0
40.0
27.8
50.0
- Own state
60.5
55.3
49.1
45.7
53.3
0.0
0.0
0.0
50.4
- Interstate
0.0
0.0
100.0
48.0
47.4
40.0
66.7
55.6
48.1
Australian Medical Council graduates
0.0
0.0
100.0
0.0
100.0
0.0
0.0
100.0
88.9
Total state/territory funded trainees
53.5
51.3
48.5
55.1
57.7
48.0
65.9
63.4
52.8
International students who graduated from an Australian medical school and were placed by the Commonwealth(a)
na
..
na
..
66.7
..
..
na
na
Total
53.5
51.3
48.5
55.1
57.9
48.0
65.9
63.4
52.6

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Trends

The number of PGY1 commencements continued to increase, with 875 additional interns (39.0% increase) commencing their training in 2013 compared with 2009 (Table 3.2).

The increases in prevocational training over the period of 2009 to 2013 appear to be considerably greater in some jurisdictions, namely in the Northern Territory, Queensland, and the Australian Capital Territory where the number of trainees commencing their first year of the prevocational training increased by 63.0%, 52.7% and 50.0% respectively.

Table 3.2: Commencing postgraduate year 1 trainees or supervised training positions by state/territory, 2009–2013
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
Increase
2009-2013 (%)

(a) Includes PGY1 positions funded by the Commonwealth Government under the Additional Medical Internships Initiative 2013.
(b) Includes 233 accredited positions and 17 PGY1 trainee positions carried over from 2008 (8 of these 17 share 4 full-time positions).
(c) Approximate numbers only based on acceptances registered in eRecruitment system.
(d) Total number of intern positions available for 2012 was 850.
(e) Total number of intern positions available for 2013 was 927.

Source: Australian Government Department of Health and state and territory government health departments

New South Wales
668
657
756
(d)849
(e)923
38.2
Victoria
506
557
625
698
707
39.7
Queensland
444
(c)558
(c)644
(c)663
678
52.7
South Australia
(b)246
230
247
256
276
12.2
Western Australian
228
240
267
282
300
31.6
Tasmania
62
58
71
73
75
21.0
Northern Territory
27
32
35
41
44
63.0
Australian Capital Territory
62
62
78
88
93
50.0
Commonwealth funded(a)
..
..
..
..
22
..
Australia
2,243
2,394
2,723
2,950
3,118
39.0
Increase on previous year (%)
6.7
13.7
8.3
5.7