Every locally-trained, Australian Government funded medical student who wants to work in Tasmania next year will be offered an intern position.
The 2014 intern placement process begins this week as this year's crop of graduates move closer to the end of their university studies.
Tasmania will meet its 2006 COAG commitment to offer a position to all locally trained, HECS-funded students who want to work here as we have every year.
DHHS is in discussion around the structure of the process with offers to go out to students this week.
There are a record 105 HECS-funded University of Tasmania graduates looking for placements in 2014, up from 98 last year.
Historically, a significant proportion of students have sought and obtained internships interstate.
Last year, for example, 41 of the 98 UTAS graduates accepted positions in other states.
All states and territories are facing pressures as the number of Commonwealth funded medical students in our universities continues to grow.
But there remains a commitment to growing the health workforce and ensuring Tasmania retains locally trained doctors wherever possible.
The State Government continues to work with the Commonwealth and other jurisdictions on this national issue, as well as working together to find placements for those full-fee paying international medical students not captured by the COAG guarantee.
After completing a medical degree graduates must undertake an intern year of training to be recognised for general registration by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and become employable as a medical practitioner.
30 July 2013