Since 2011, the NSW Government has spent a considerable amount of money on infrastructure and technology, as well as record spending on treatments in the Emergency Departments. The NSWMSC commends the NSW Government, with Jillian Skinner as Health Minister, for these positive contributions to the state’s health system, including mental health first aid training for youth workers, as well as funding for a growing number of medical intern positions – almost 1000 places in 2015.
NSWMSC Chair, Neel Gobin, stressed that medical students across the seven medical schools in NSW are representatives of the future medical workforce in the state, and the NSWMSC believes that it is essential to involve medical students when making health-related decisions.
“The NSWMSC has a number of priorities for the upcoming election, to ensure appropriate support and training is provided for medical students to engage in debate on state health issues,” Mr Gobin said.
In their NSW State Election 2015 Priorities, the NSWMSC is calling for:
1. A guaranteed internship position for every NSW-trained medical graduate
2. Reviewing the NSW priority ranking system for internship applications
3. Improved financial support for medical students during prevocational training
4. Greater funding for mental health support during all aspects of a doctor’s training
5. Improving the quality of medical education across all medical schools in New South Wales
The NSWMSC will be meeting relevant stakeholders to discuss these health priorities in more detail. A comprehensive description of their Priorities for NSW State Election 2015 document can be accessed here.
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