International students not assured place

INTERNATIONAL medical students currently studying at Australian universities may not be offered an intern place to complete their qualification in Australia.

Urgent work is needed to ensure future graduates complete their training in Australia, Professor Justin Beilby, Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand president, said.

Increased graduate numbers have created a squeeze for internships, with Australians guaranteed a place.

Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) president Robert Marshall said many of the 2535 international students currently enrolled had accepted places at Australian universities on the assumption they would go on to work in Australia.

“There is an ethical obligation here. Some of the students may find their Australian qualification doesn’t make them eligible for an internship in their own country,” he said.

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