Costs of training set to increase

UNIVERSITIES have warned clinical training places for medical students may soon become unaffordable as hospitals and other organisations providing intern places respond to increasing service pressures by charging more for each placement.

In a recent submission to the Government’s review of education funding, Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand president Professor Justin Beilby warned training costs were set for a dramatic rise.

“Pro bono teaching is being eroded due to demographic, cultural and funding pressures [and] represents a potentially significant hidden cost,” the submission read.

Professor Beilby said the recent decision by Ramsay Health Care to more than double the charge to universities, from $1200 to $3000, for each student nurse placement was a sign of things to come for medical students.

University of WA professor of general practice Alistair Vickery said the culture of healthcare was changing to