Prevocational medical training in Australia: where does it need to go?

Deborah Paltridge
Med J Aust 2006; 184 (7): 349-352.
  • Deborah Paltridge

  • St Vincent's Health, Melbourne, VIC.


I thank Professor Barry McGrath, Professor Brian Jolly and Ms Dale Sheehan for editorial advice. The study tour was enabled by the financial assistance of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. I also acknowledge the numerous medical educators and clinicians from the UK and Canada who so generously shared their time, professional knowledge and expertise.

Competing interests:

None identified.

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