Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


NZMA supports students' concerns

The New Zealand Medical Association strongly supports the concerns of medical students in Auckland and Dunedin who are holding rallies today.

"Students from Auckland Medical School could face fees of more than $10,000 next year," said Dr John Adams, Acting Chairman of the NZMA. Students from Otago paid more than $9000 this year.

"High fees, combined with a course length of six years and an inflexible loan scheme, means these students will face extreme financial hardship and potentially graduate with debts the size of home mortgages," Dr Adams said.

"Many may choose to work in Australia or other countries where they can earn more money after they graduate. This is a huge waste of New Zealand taxpayers' funds."

Doctors may focus their career pathways on higher income specialties. Fewer graduates may choose lower paid specialties, such as general practice. Existing problems, such as difficulties employing rural GPs, will worsen.

Long-term, potential students may choose not to take up medicine because of the financial hardship, Dr Adams said. Students may choose other professional courses, such as law or accounting, which are shorter and cheaper and have similar earning prospects to medicine.

"The financial burden will make it even more difficult for students from lower socio-economic backgrounds, who are vitally important as their communities tend to have the highest health needs," Dr Adams said.

"Ultimately, the cost of health care to New Zealanders is likely to increase long-term as students pay back their huge loans."

The NZMA hopes the political parties take note of the students' concerns and implement positive changes.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

NZ On Air TV Funding: More Comedy Comes Out Of The Shadows

Paranormal Event Response Unit is a series conceived by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi as a TV spin-off from their highly acclaimed feature film What We Do In The Shadows. More>>

ALSO:

Mars News: Winners Announced For The 2016 Apra Silver Scroll Awards

Wellington singer-songwriter and internationally acclaimed musician Thomas Oliver has won the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Award with his captivating love song ‘If I Move To Mars’. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Salt River Songs by Sam Hunt

Colin Hogg, a longtime comrade of Sam, writes in his Introduction that, ‘There is a lot of death in this collection of new poems by my friend Sam Hunt. It’s easier to count the poems here that don’t deal with the great destroyer than it is to point to the ones that do.’ More>>

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news