Statement on National Survey of Doctors in Training in Australia

10 February 2020

The peak body for obstetrics and gynaecology and women’s health in Australia and New Zealand welcomes the release of the results of the Medical Training Survey (MTS), saying it will inform the College’s ongoing work to provide trainees with the highest standard of education, training and member services.
The MTS, the first national survey of doctors in training in Australia, was conducted by The Medical Board of Australia and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). In general (across all specialities) trainees rated their clinical supervision and teaching very highly and would recommend their current training post.
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) President Dr Vijay Roach said: “We strive to continually improve standards in education and training so that tomorrow’s obstetricians and gynaecologists are capable of providing the highest quality healthcare for women and their families, both in a professional sense, and with regard to their own welfare.
“RANZCOG welcomes the information our trainees have provided through the MTS, and this will build on the feedback we receive through our regular surveys and assessments, with the aim to improve the culture of medicine and further strengthen medical training.”
Work underway to ensure policies, processes and support mechanisms are geared towards addressing trainee wellbeing and welfare includes enhancing the College’s dedicated Training Support Unit, evaluating and strengthening the current education training programs, and continuing to confront discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment.
“The College will also ensure that hospitals and other environments where our trainees work are safe and supportive by continuing to undertake training site accreditation visits and by being outspoken and advocating for system change in areas that impact on trainee wellbeing,” Dr Roach said.
The MTS found that on average, RANZCOG trainees work 52.4 hours a week, compared to 46.9 hours a week for the national response. For RANZCOG trainees, 88% are working 40 hours a week or more, compared to the national response of 76%.
Dr Roach said the College was cognisant of providing the best possible training while ensuring work-life integration. “We are committed to improving the quality of our training resources, education programs and to enhancing the College’s existing support structures for our trainees and Training Supervisors,” he said.
Download the Medical Board of Australia and AHPRA’s Report for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

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