The Australian | 1 June 2013
A proposal from Charles Sturt and La Trobe universities for a new regional-based medical school has been put on ice by the commonwealth government, which says there isn’t enough capacity in hospitals and clinics to support additional internships.
A spokesman for health minister Tanya Plibersek says the government is working with the states and territories to avert a repeat of last year’s crisis when it seemed about 180 international medical students would be left without the internships they needed to qualify as doctors.
The government is committed to ensuring that there is sufficient capacity for high quality training for the current students and trainees in the medical training pipeline before considering any new medical schools, or additional medical places.
Charles Sturt vice-chancellor Andrew Vann said he was disappointed but would continue to push for the school.
Vann argues that a regional-based medical school would be more effective in overcoming a chronic shortages of doctors in regional and rural areas, and that priority should be given to such a school.