Med student border ban under review

THE NSW Health Department will consider reversing a decision that locked Australian National University students out of guaranteed placements in NSW hospitals under the Rural Preferential Recruitment (RPR) scheme.

Rural Doctors Association NSW president Dr Tilak Dissanayake called the decision to restrict places in the scheme to students of NSW universities “appalling” and said he was “extremely disappointed” NSW Health would no longer guarantee internship positions to NSW-origin students studying at the ANU. 

The university is expected to graduate more students in 2011 than there are internships available in the ACT.

Previously, interstate students who had sat the HSC in NSW were guaranteed NSW-based placements under the RPR scheme.

“Of the last three intakes, 37%, 45% and 46% listed a NSW address as their home address on application,” Dr Dissanayake said. 

“Many of these