User Guides

About the survey

The Medical Training Survey is designed as a quality improvement tool, to strengthen post-graduate medical training in Australia. The survey covers various aspects, which are reflected in the survey domains within the reports:

  • Training curriculum
  • Orientation
  • Assessment
  • Clinical supervision
  • Access to teaching
  • Facilities
  • Workplace environment and culture
  • Patient safety
  • Overall satisfaction
  • Future career intentions

Demographic and other profiling information is also collected to enable filtering and comparison of survey results.

Further information about the methodology is contained within the national report, accessible via the Reports and results section of this website.

Sample

The Medical Training Survey invited doctors in training across various stages of their training to participate in the survey. This included interns, prevocational and unaccredited trainees, specialists (GP and non-GP) trainees and international medical graduates (IMGs) with provisional or limited registration.

In 2019, n=9,917 responses were received via an online survey, with n=9,378 responses eligible for analysis (i.e. currently training in Australia) between 25 July and 7 October 2019. Of these, 7,693 doctors in training completed more than 75% of the survey questions.

A sample size of 7,693 gives a maximum margin of error ±1.1 at a 95% confidence level for questions which were asked of all doctors in training. For some questions, the margin of error may be higher or lower, depending on the number of respondents to that question. A maximum margin of error ±1.1 at a 95% confidence level means, for example, that if a survey result is 50%, we can be sure that if we repeat the survey multiple times, 95% of these times the survey result will be between 51.1% and 48.9%.

Survey data are unweighted.

Please note that results are suppressed where the base size (the number of eligible respondents answering a question) is less than 10 – this is to preserve anonymity. Care should be taken in interpreting the data across groups where samples sizes are less than 30.

The sample size (n=) will update based on filters selected.

Survey Design

The survey is designed to enable participants to select responses from pre-defined list of options. Some survey questions allowed input of more than one response, meaning that some results will sum to more than 100%. No survey question required input of a text response.

The number of responses to each survey question varies. Questions which did not apply to all doctors in training, are either filtered based on responses to earlier questions, or include a ‘not applicable’ option.

Questions which were not critical for determining the logic for later survey questions could be skipped by participants. Questions which participants skipped or a ‘not applicable’ option was selected are not included in the base for the calculations of results (i.e. not include in n= for that particular question).

For demographic and profiling questions, response options such as ‘do not wish to specify’ or ‘prefer not to say’ were provided to participants. These response options are included in the base to calculate the results.

Questionnaires

You are able to access all survey questions from the Resources tab of this website.

Symbols

Care should be taken when interpreting the data across subgroups where sample sizes are small:

  • * indicates a sample size less than 30 – caution should be used when interpreting the result
  • ** indicates a sample size less than 10 – responses have been suppressed to protect confidentiality
Statistics
  • Base: The base size is reported as the number enclosed in brackets, following an n and equals sign: (n=). The base size refers to the number of respondents for that survey question or result displayed. Respondents who did not answer a particular question or who selected ‘does not apply’ or ‘not applicable’, are excluded from the calculation and tabulation of results for that question. Where more than one question is presented in the same chart, the base size appears as the minimum to maximum range.
  • Count: The count is the number of respondents giving a particular response to a question.
  • Average: The average is calculated by dividing the sum of the response values on a 1 to 5 scale (e.g. 1 = Strongly Disagree, 2 = Disagree, 3 = Neither Agree nor Disagree, 4 = Agree and 5 = Strongly Agree) by the base (n=). ‘Don’t know’ and ‘prefer not to say’ values are excluded from average calculations. This number is reported to one decimal place.
  • Median: The median, or midpoint, is the middle value of a set of responses ordered highest to lowest, excluding any ‘don’t know’ or ‘prefer not to say’ responses. Median is reported as either a whole number or one decimal place (in cases where there are two middle values).
  • Percentage (%): A percentage is the ratio or fraction of the response, divided by the base. A % sign is shown where percentages have been used and the value is rounded to the nearest whole number.
  • Rounding: Data labels are rounded to the nearest whole number. As such, not all percentages stated will add to 100%.

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Data disclaimer

As condition of Your use of the Medical Training Survey (MTS) data on the MedicalTrainingSurvey.gov.au website you must agree to these Terms of Use. In these Terms of Use, the terms "You" and "Your" refer to the user of the data provided on the MedicalTrainingSurvey.gov.au website. This includes, but is not limited to, any data provided such as the static reports and on the data dashboard (the dashboard).

The Medical Board of Australia as represented by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) may at its discretion update these Terms of Use. By continuing to use the MTS data on the MedicalTrainingSurvey.gov.au website, you accept the Terms of Use as they apply from time to time.

Your obligations

  1. You agree:
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    2. not to attempt to undermine the security or integrity of the data which is made available on the MedicalTrainingSurvey.gov.au website;
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    4. to comply with all applicable laws in connection with Your use of the data on the MedicalTrainingSurvey.gov.au website.
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  3. If You:
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  2. The Medical Board of Australia and Ahpra may at any time change the content, including removal of any materials held on the website at its discretion and without notice.
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  4. We strive to protect the data available through the MedicalTrainingSurvey.gov.au website. However, the Medical Board of Australia and Ahpra gives no warranty in connection with the data on the MedicalTrainingSurvey.gov.au website and cannot guarantee that the use of the data will not breach intellectual property rights, will be uninterrupted or error free, that defects will be corrected, or that the data is free of harmful code.
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  6. Care should be taken in interpreting the data across groups where samples sizes are less than 30.

General

  1. These Terms of Use are governed by the laws of the Victoria, and you agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the Victoria.
  2. If any of these Terms of Use are held to be invalid, unenforceable or illegal for any reason, the remaining Terms of Use will continue in full force.
  3. If either party waives any breach of these Terms of Use, this will not constitute a waiver of any other breach. No waiver will be effective unless made in writing.

To access Medical Training Survey data, please go to https://MedicalTrainingSurvey.gov.au/Results