Pay more for education, med students told

The final report of the Lomax-Smith Higher Education Base Funding Review, released before Christmas, identified medicine as one of several higher education areas in need of more funding.

Australian Medical Students’ Association spokesperson Catherine Pendrey said the combined student and government funding of $28,622 per student in 2011 was well below the $50,000 cost estimated by Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand.

“The report reveals some of the cost pressures placed on students and universities following the doubling of medical student numbers in the past decade,” she said.

“AMSA implores the government to urgently increase funding to ensure standards of medical education in Australia continue to be world class.”

But Ms Pendrey said students were already paying as much as they could afford and AMSA did not agree with the report’s conclusion that a uniform funding split between student and