The NMTAN was established in response to the Health Workforce 2025: Doctors, Nurses and Midwives report. The report found there were insufficient general practitioners and specialists in regional and rural Australia, some medical specialties were oversubscribed, and there were fewer generalists as a result of increasing specialisation and sub-specialisation of the medical workforce.
The NMTAN Executive Committee is made up of member organisations with an interest in medical training, including medical colleges, universities, local health districts, state and territory health departments, employers, regulation and accreditation agencies, prevocational medical education agencies, trainee doctors, consumers and the Department of Health. The members bring with them a wide range of experience in the issues of medical education and training. Details of NMTAN membership.
The main function of the NMTAN is to provide policy advice on medical workforce planning and produce medical training plans to inform government, health and education sectors. In addition, the NMTAN will develop policy advice about the planning and coordination of medical training in Australia, in collaboration with other networks involved in the medical training space. The committee is also responsible for producing an annual report of medical education and training, including undergraduate, postgraduate and vocational training projections.
These functions will be carried out according to five key principles:
- Training of the medical workforce should be matched to the community’s requirements for health services, including where those services are required geographically and in what specialty.
- Matching supply and demand for medical training should recognise the changing dynamics of the healthcare system over time, including advances in service models and workforce development trends.
- Medical training should be provided in the most effective and efficient way that preserves the high quality and safety of Australia’s current training system and the sustainability of the health service delivery system.
- Training requirements should be informed by relevant and up-to-date information about future service needs.
- Training places for Australian trained medical graduates should be prioritised over immigration of overseas trained doctors to fill workforce gaps in responding to short- and long-term workforce need.
The NMTAN currently has three Standing Subcommittees with a focus on policy development for:
- capacity for and distribution for the vocational training in medical specialties;
- changing clinical work with the projected changing burden of disease to enable workforce modelling;
- employment patterns and intentions of prevocational doctors to better inform career planning for junior doctors.
In addition to the policy-focused Subcommittees, a fourth Standing Subcommittee - the Data Subcommittee – will be responsible for the production of an annual report of medical education and training, including undergraduate, postgraduate and vocational training projections. In 2015, the functions of this Subcommittee were transferred from the Medical Training Review Panel to the NMTAN.
Australian Future Health Workforce
Australian Future Health Workforce
Medical Specialty Fact sheets
Please refer to the list below for related links on the Department of Health website.
National Chronic Disease Strategy
Chronic Disease Management (formerly Enhanced Primary Care or EPC) - GP Services
National Diabetes Strategy Advisory Group
Health Workforce - General Practitioners
Health Workforce - Medical Specialists
Health Workforce - Students/Trainees
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023
Indigenous Australians' Health Programme