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Medical student input to workforce planning

Ruth E Blackham, Ian R Rogers and Ian G Jacobs
Med J Aust 2006; 185 (1): 55-56.
Published online: 3 July 2006

To the Editor: We surveyed current medical students and interns in Western Australia over the 5 weeks from 23 September to 30 October 2005 to determine their awareness of, and views on, the imminent increase in clinical student and intern numbers as a result of federal government plans to increase medical student numbers nationwide, and to seek opinion on proposed strategies to cope with the demand on health education resources.

  • Ruth E Blackham
  • Ian R Rogers
  • Ian G Jacobs

  • Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth, WA.

Correspondence: r-mja@blackham.com.au

Acknowledgements: 

We thank Mr Bernard Blackham for website design and support, Dr Seonaid Mulroy for questionnaire design, Mr Michael Winlo, President of Western Australian Medical Student Society and Mr Jan Rusman, President of Medical Students Association of Notre Dame University for supporting the survey.

Competing interests:

Ruth Blackham and Ian Rogers are members of Medical Defence Association of Western Australia (MDAWA). MDAWA provided a single $50 book voucher as a prize incentive for survey respondents.

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