Medical Training Review Panel: Seventeenth Report

Vocational Training Data

Page last updated: 09 April 2014

In 2013, there were 17,888 vocational training positions/trainees (Table 4.3). The largest number was in general practice, which across the two colleges had 4,087 training positions/trainees, demonstrating an 18.6% increase from the previous year (3,445 in 2012). The second largest group was in adult medicine (3,988), followed by emergency medicine (2,066), paediatrics (1,368), psychiatry (1,251) and anaesthesia (1,212).

Data cover all Australian trainees, as well as international medical graduates 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, 2013
Medical specialty
Basic trainees
Advanced trainees
Total college trainees

(a) Includes those undertaking training in Australia and overseas.
(b) Emergency medicine and paediatrics data account for trainees undertaking paediatric emergency medicine.
(c) Includes registrars on the Independent Pathway only.
(d) Includes chapter trainees only.
(e) Excludes the New Zealand and Hong Kong advanced trainees.
(f) Includes 15 trainees who are currently completing their final year overseas.
(g) Includes fellows completing advanced training certificates.
(h) Excludes 9 trainees based overseas.
(i) Includes both basic and advanced trainees. The number also includes those who are enrolled or have completed their training during the year but have not yet achieved fellowship. The number includes doctors training towards FRACGP and FACRRM.
(j) Excludes overseas trained specialists (referred to as specialist international medical graduates or SIMG by RANZCOG) applicants who have been assessed as partially comparable and are required to complete a period of training.

Source: Medical colleges and GPET

Addiction medicine
..
24
24
Adult medicine(a)
2,475
1,513
3,988
Anaesthesia
555
657
1,212
Anaesthesia - pain medicine
..
65
65
Dermatology
46
49
95
Emergency medicine(b)
727
1,339
2,066
General practice
- GPET
..
3,932
(i)3,932
- ACRRM(c)
..
155
155
Intensive care
199
281
480
Medical administration
..
(e)107
107
Obstetrics and gynaecology
356
159
(j)515
Occupational and environmental medicine
..
102
102
Ophthalmology
53
(f)90
143
Paediatrics(a)(b)
812
556
1,368
Palliative medicine(a)(d)
..
80
80
Pathology
..
301
301
Pathology and RACP (jointly)
..
213
213
Psychiatry
833
(g)418
1,251
Public health medicine
..
81
81
Radiation oncology
..
122
122
Radiodiagnosis
..
364
364
Rehabilitation medicine
..
191
191
Sexual health medicine(a)
..
20
20
Sport and exercise medicine
..
(h)30
30
Surgery
..
983
983
Total
6,056
11,832
17,888