Third medical school will not benefit the community: AMSA

Media reports this month said Curtin was aiming to have federal government accreditation to accept medical students by 2016.

The university has been floating the plan for several years but has met with resistance from groups including the AMA which say Australia should not boost its number of medical graduates until they can be assured internships.

“Australia needs more doctors, not more students who are not yet qualified to practise medicine,” AMSA president Jessica Dean said.

“The medical training pipeline is full. Without further government funding, both on a state and federal level, there is little sense in adding more students into the system.”

Placing medical graduates in internships has become almost an annual event with concerns some graduates are losing spots because of preference systems which differ from state to state.

Ms Dean said the WA government failed to provide internships for two