Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) Program

Up to $8.9M is available from RHMT Program to encourage the recruitment and retention of rural and remote health professionals.

Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) Program

Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) Program

The Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) Program is designed to encourage the recruitment and retention of rural and remote health professionals by:

  • Providing effective rural training experiences for health students;
  • Developing an evidence base for the efficacy of rural training strategies in delivering rural health workforce outcomes;
  • Supporting rural health professionals to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health;
  • Increasing the number of rural origin health and medical students; and
  • Maximising the investment of program funds in rural, regional and remote areas for the maintenance of well supported academic networks to enhance the delivery of training to students to support the provision of medical services to communities.

 

Background

The Australian Government is expanding the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Program to incorporate Curtin University and La Trobe University as announced in the 2018-19 Budget as part of the Stronger Rural Health Strategy.

The Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) Program, under the Health Workforce Program, is a long standing Australian Government initiative which supports a network of Rural Clinical Schools, University Departments of Rural Health, dental faculties supporting extended rural placements, and Regional Training Hubs. The expansion of the RHMT program will support current health workforce priorities.

 

Objectives

The objectives of the RHMT Program are to provide:

  • An evidence base for the efficacy of rural training strategies in delivering rural health workforce outcomes;
  • Support to rural health professionals to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health;
  • An increase in the number of rural origin health and medical students;
  • Maintenance of well-supported academic networks to enhance the delivery of training to students, junior doctors and specialist trainees with the aim of enhancing the provision of medical services to communities; and
  • Maintenance, promotion and support of a rural health student network.

 

Funding

Funding of up to $8.955 million is available for this grant opportunity, with the following profile:

Eligible Organisation Financial Year 2018-19
($m GST Exclusive)
Financial Year 2019-20
($m GST Exclusive)
Financial Year 2020-21
($m GST Exclusive)
Total
($m GST Exclusive)
Curtin University 1.000 2.275 1.279 4.554
La Trobe University 1.085 2.200 1.116 4.401

The grant period will commence on 1 January 2019 and funds allocated must be expended by the end of the grant period on 31 December 2020.

 

Eligible Projects

Grant activities must be consistent with the Program Framework.

Eligible grant activities – Curtin University

For Curtin University, the following activities and items are eligible to receive funding:

  • Rural academic training sites for medical students – including:
    • academic salaries
    • rural placements
    • research on rural health workforce development, rural training strategies, rural service delivery models and health issues directly impacting on rural people
    • administration
    • building maintenance
    • IT costs
    • clinical placement costs
    • travel and accommodation allowances for students
    • direct teaching payments to rural practitioners who are involved in teaching and mentoring.

Eligible grant activities – La Trobe University

For La Trobe University, the following activities and items are eligible to receive funding:

  • Rural academic training sites for nursing, allied health and dental students – including:
    • academic salaries
    • rural placements
    • research on rural health workforce development, rural training strategies, rural service delivery models and health issues directly impacting on rural people
    • administration
    • building maintenance
    • IT costs
    • clinical placement costs
    • travel and accommodation allowances for students
    • direct teaching payments to rural practitioners who are involved in teaching and mentoring.

Organisations should not use grant funding for any activity not agreed upon in their grant agreement.

Eligible locations

The grant activity must be delivered in areas classified under the Australian Statistical Geography Standard – Remoteness Area (ASGS-RA) classification system as ASGS-RA 2 to 5.

 

Eligible Applicants

Only the following organisations are eligible to apply:

Curtin University

The Curtin University Medical Program commenced operation in 2017 with its first intake of students. Curtin University is the only medical school with Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) that does not participate in the RHMT program. Inclusion of all medical schools with CSPs by the RHMT Program aligns with the Commonwealth Government’s objective of building the rural medical workforce of the future.

Inclusion of Curtin University’s medical program in the RHMT Program will occur through a collaborative arrangement with the University of Western Australia, which operates the Rural Clinical School of Western Australia along with the University of Notre Dame Australia.

La Trobe University

Funding provided under this grant opportunity is to establish the La Trobe School of Rural Health as a University Department of Rural Health under the RHMT Program. This will provide its nursing and allied health students with increased access to rural training placements, and increase the enrolment of rural origin and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students into La Trobe’s nursing and allied health courses.

Support through the RHMT Program will build additional complementary capacity in nursing, dental and allied health training in the Murray Darling region.

Additionally, both of these organisations have been assessed to have:

  • capability to deliver the project activities in the project location;
  • existing infrastructure and relationships to support the project activities;
  • knowledge and capability to deliver the program objectives and outcomes.

As such, Curtin University and La Trobe University are the only organisations invited to apply.

 

Timing

Applications close 4 September 2018.

 

More Information

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