Med students working on the wards

The feds are funding final year med students to provide “routine care” in hospitals

The plan is release senior doctors and nurses to treat COVID-19 cases while ensuring med students access practical placements. “It’s essential that Australia’s medical students continue to gain practical training as part of their education, despite restrictions because of COVID-19,” Education Minister Dan Tehan says.   

Government departments and a range of regulators have established principles for clinical education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s a choice for medical faculties which haven’t wanted to send students into hospitals, such as the University of Adelaide’s which suspended placements in March, because “the removal of students will clear the way for health professionals to manage their own priorities, (CMM March 19).