There is clear evidence of an increasing proportion of women entering the medical profession in Australia according to Medical Labour Force 1994, a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
Of the estimated 46,014 doctors in the Australian medical labour force, 26% were women.
Report editor Warwick Conn said, however, that there are strong indications that the proportion of women in the medical labour force will continue to rise:
'Just over 42% of Australian students completing bachelor degrees in medicine in 1994 were women. And 46% of undergraduate medical students and 49% of post-graduate medical students were women.
'Also, in general practice, 49% of doctors aged less than 35 were women.'
Other findings in the report include:
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