The peak representative body
for medical students in Victoria.

Internships

The most pressing issue for Victorian medical students today is the availability of a quality internship place upon graduation.

In 2011, we have seen the number of medical graduates from Victorian medical schools increase to exceed the number of available internship positions in Victorian health services. MSCV has been working hard to advocate to the State Government and other relevant bodies to ensure that all Victorian medical graduates are able to attain an internship in Victoria upon graduation, if desired.

For more information on internship availability and application, the following resources are available. This list is not exhaustive and will be updated over time.

Resources for information on Victorian internships:

Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria
State Government Department of Health Workforce
Information from the University of Melbourne

Resources for information on interstate & NZ internships:

NSW Clinical Education and Training Institute
South Australian Institute of Medical Education & Training
Postgraduate Medical Council of Queensland
Postgraduate Medical Council of Tasmania
Northern Territory Postgraduate Medical Council
Postgraduate Medical Council of Western Australia
Medical Council of New Zealand

AMSA and MSCV advocacy:

MSCV Letter to the Minister (Feb 2011); Minister’s reply (April 2011)
AMA AMSA MDANZ CPMEC Joint Statement (Sep 2010)
AMSA Fact Sheet: Internships (Sep 2010)
MSCV Letter to AMSA (Aug 2008)
AMSA Policies

State & Federal Government resources:

Health Workforce Australia is an initiative of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG). It was established to meet the future challenges of providing a health workforce that responds to the needs of the Australian Community.

The Medical Training Review Panel (MTRP) is a Government agency established to look at the demand for and supply of medical training opportunities. The MTRP annual reports are an excellent resource for data on medical student numbers; the most recent is the 14th Report (Mar 2011).

Page 2 of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Communique (Jul 2006) specifies that “the States and Territories have agreed to guarantee to provide high-quality clinical placements and intern training for Commonwealth-funded medical and nursing students.” This commitment was acknowledged in the Communique of the Australian Health Ministers’ Council (AHMC) in Febraury 2010.

In 2008, the Victorian State Government developed a plan for growth in Victoria’s medical workforce, which included a commitment to fund 690 internship positions in 2012, sufficient for CSP and domestic full-fee paying students who had already commenced studies.