Med school places should be funded based on how many doctors go rural, govt told

The AMA also wants a new, independent agency to track and predict workforce holes.
Sarah Simpkins
Tisshapaa Sivagnanan.

The Federal Government should reward universities that address community needs and produce rural doctors with more funded medical student places, the AMA has told the Federal Government.

AMA president Professor Steve Robson says Australia has doubled its domestic medical graduates over 13 years — from 1544 in 2007 to 3066 in 2020 — yet “the current focus on training more doctors and hoping they will end up where they are needed is not working”.