Students oppose Curtin med school

In a statement on the university’s website, Professor Downie said importing doctors would not address the workforce shortage and the new school, which is due to open in 2014, would train a new type of doctor who was more focused on primary care.

“We need to build greater capacity in our local workforce to respond quickly and effectively to the changing healthcare landscape,” Professor Downie said.

However Australian Medical Students’ Association president James Churchill said any increase from the 2045 students due to graduate in 2013 would jeopardise the quality of clinical training and make it hard for doctors to find jobs.

“Clinical training capacity is already stretched, and opening a new medical school will place a greater strain on an already struggling system,” he said.

“Medical student numbers have doubled in the past decade and… this increase has not been matched by a requisite