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Studying medicine – Statistics from 2023

Everyone knows that getting into medicine at university is really competitive, but what else do you know about it? Here are a few statistics about studying and working in medicine from 2023 you might find interesting.

There are 23 university medical schools in Australia and New Zealand

They’re all accredited by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) to provide high quality medical programs that lead to a qualification enabling general registration as a medical practitioner.

It takes on average 10 years to fully qualify as doctor

After completing your degree, you’ll have to undertake further training, including an internship and residency. There’s also further study required to specialise as a registrar. And if you want to reach the top of medical profession ladder, even more study is required.

In 2023, there were 4,302 students enrolled in first year medicine across Australia

And 3,701 students graduated. On average, only around 5-10% of students drop out at some point between their first and final years (source: medicaldeans.org.au).

A total of 18,359 domestic students were enrolled in 2023

That may sound like a lot, but when you consider it’s across the whole of Australia, it’s really not that many places (source: medicaldeans.org.au).

Only 10.5% of commencing domestic students were full-fee paying

So despite the high costs of studying medicine, there are lots of options for financial subsidies and support (source: medicaldeans.org.au).

150 indigenous students enrolled into medicine in 2023

This figure equates to 4.22% of all domestic students enrolling into medicine, up from 3.53% in 2022. There were also 59 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who graduated from Australian medical schools in 2022 (source: medicaldeans.org.au).

33.7% of commencing students in 2023 came from a rural background

This is slightly down from 34.2% of students in 2022 (source: medicaldeans.org.au).

2,198 (51%) first year students were enrolled in non-bonded Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs)

CSPs are heavily subsidised by the Government, making access to medical education cheaper and more accessible (source: medicaldeans.org.au).

21% of domestic medical students were signed up to bonded places

Bonded places require students to work in areas of shortage for 3 years after completing their medical degree in return for lower fees (source: medicaldeans.org.au).

Ahpra received 136,742 applications for medical registration in 2022/23

8,357 of these applications were from new graduates. Only 0.6% identified as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (source: ahpra.gov.au).

Women have a higher rate of enrolment into medical degrees (53% in 2023)

But they account for only 45.9% of all registered medical practitioners in Australia, as opposed to 54.1% of men (source: medicaldeans.org.au, ahpra.gov.au).

Want to know more?

Even though studying medicine is a long journey, hopefully these statistics have helped give you some perspective and made you even more keen. If you’re thinking of applying to study medicine in 2025, keep an eye out for our updated Entry to Medicine Guide, coming soon – it can help you decode the process.

Or you can also read other blogs on our website about university study here.


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