2020 Medical Board of Australia medical training survey

02 February 2021

More than 20,000 Australian medical trainees responded to the latest survey.

The 2020 survey had a very strong response rate with 57 per cent of doctors in training doing the survey, compared with 27 per cent in 2019. 

The survey found that nearly half Australia's interns (47 per cent) experienced and/or witnessed bullying, harassment or discrimination, followed by 39 per cent of prevocational and unaccredited trainees, 36 per cent per cent of specialist non-GP trainees, 23 per cent of international medical graduates and 21 per cent of specialist GP trainees.

"For the future of our profession, we must all listen to what the thousands of trainees have told us and work together to build a culture of respect," Board chair Dr  Anne Tonkin said.

"We must keep our trainees safe and make it safe for them to speak up. An urgent and shared commitment to this across medicine and the wider health sector will lead to safer patient care," she said.

The survey results can be found here.


Last updated 11:54 2.02.2021