Rush to MDs may ‘bankrupt’ health

The University of Melbourne was the first to introduce an MD course last year and will be followed by the University of NSW in 2013, the University of WA in 2014 and the University of Queensland in 2015, while other schools around the country are reviewing their positions.

Flinders University’s Faculty of Health Sciences executive dean Professor Michael Kidd said he “would be surprised if most medical schools weren’t looking at the option”.

“Once Melbourne made the decision to do this, what we’re seeing is heightened expectations from people who want to train in medicine,” he said.

James Cook University dean of medicine Professor Richard Murray said the switch to MDs, which circumvented restrictions on fee-paying places for Australian undergraduate medical students, was likely to lead to an expansion of student numbers as universities tried to maximise income.

“The pressure will be on heavily