The Australian | 28 September 2012
The Commonwealth government has offered $10 million during emergency talks to find internships for an estimated 180 international medical students who are expected to graduate this year. The graduates can’t practise or continue their medical training until they’ve completed the one-year internships.
The Commonwealth has offered the one-off funding to create an extra 100 placements next year, provided the states fund the other 80 places and the students commit to work in regional areas once they’re registered.
The offer is also conditional on the development of a new national system to match graduates to internships. The system would start operating next year with the states expected to meet at least half of the costs.
But it’s not clear that the deal will hold, with the states and territories still to reveal whether they’ll match the Commonwealth offer to fund extra places. Queensland reportedly does not propose to fund any places.