Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training RHMT Programme

Supporting high quality rural health training is a way for the Australian Government to make a measurable impact on addressing the maldistribution of the rural health workforce. To achieve this, the Australian Government has invested in a network of Rural Clinical Schools (RCSs) and University Departments of Rural Health (UDRHs) as well as supporting metropolitan dental schools to offer extended clinical placements in rural areas. With effect from 1 January 2016, these previously separate initiatives have been consolidated into one programme, the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) Programme.

Page last updated: 21 March 2016

The RHMT Programme 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 programme 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.

The RHMT programme also incorporates funding support for Flinders University to operate the Northern Territory Medical Programme and the Indigenous Transition Pathways to Medicine Programme.

Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) Programme 2016 – 2018

Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) 2016-2018 – Programme Framework

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For more information on the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Programme, please email