The UDRH Program has been well established, ten years from its inception, and all eleven UDRHs are meeting the objectives of the Program. Nationally, the UDRHs have made significant contributions to rural clinical training, rural health service innovation and population health research, and increased rural community engagement with health promotion and population health awareness.

There is anecdotal evidence that rural student placements reinforce student intentions to practice rurally, and also evidence that some practitioners have been recruited to rural practice because of the presence of the UDRH. There is also evidence that the UDRHs have influenced rural and remote practitioners to remain in practice, through providing additional professional and personal networking and support, professional development opportunities, access to university resources, and incentives to undertake research.

Overall, UDRHs have demonstrated strategic leadership and vision in creating a rural university infrastructure which can influence the development and improvement of rural health services, and have increased communication and knowledge transfer through increased information technology. Challenges to the Program include funding constraints, disciplinary silos, and difficulties in recruiting staff and ensuring the capacity for clinical placements. However, each UDRH has sought to minimise these limitations and to maximise their capacity to strengthen the rural health workforce.