The winds of change world-wide have swept medical education in the last fifteen years. Today, Australia’s medical students are older and drawn from more diverse socio-economic, ethnic and geographic backgrounds than twenty years ago, and there is now an equal mix of men and women in medical school.

Admission policies have been rewritten to broaden access with a range of entry options now available including direct entry from high school and graduate entry following a first degree. Curricula have bren revised and modes of leaming transformed. This paper describes these changes and discusses the implications for medical schools and for planning the future workforce.