Internships not fit for purpose, health ministers told

A radical shake-up of internships with stints in general practice and community care is likely after Australian health ministers were warned the sytem is no longer fit for purpose.

An expert report, commissioned by the Council of Australian Governments and released on Tuesday, says internships are clinically limited, too often confined to acute care in public hospitals and offer limited experience of generalist medicine.

“Not only does this mean that the